Q&A Archive

  • The Cirque star who found rejuvenation on Lamma Island

    The Cirque star who found rejuvenation on Lamma Island

    The atmosphere electric, the music soaring, each night Rose Winebrenner took to the stage in front of a rapt audience. After 20 years’ hard work, the mezzo soprano had the lead role in Zaia, a theatrical extravaganza by Cirque du Soleil in Macau. Beginning in 2008, it was intended to run for a decade. But after just four years the show was cancelled. Winebrenner’s dreams were dashed; her life turned upside down.

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  • VOLTA star gives back to SFO kids aspiring to join circus

    VOLTA star gives back to SFO kids aspiring to join circus

    Bradley Henderson lithely climbs up the pole and turns his body upside down before stopping it on a dime. There is a striking ease to the way he contorts himself with masterful precision on this Monday afternoon. It’s standard fare for the seasoned circus performer who is starring in Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta,” which opens at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Nov. 15. But today his casually awe-inspiring physicality is on display for the young students of Circus Center in San Francisco.

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  • LDI 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Jonathan Deans, Sound Designer

    LDI 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Jonathan Deans, Sound Designer

    As we gear up for the LDI Show, Live Design is profiling speakers in their Sound Tracks series of panels aimed at live sound engineers. This week they're pleased to introduce you to keynote speaker Jonathan Deans, who will be discussing the state of sound design.

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  • Meet CRYSTAL’s Madeline Stammen

    Meet CRYSTAL’s Madeline Stammen

    Illinois native Madeline Stammen, 24, began her competitive career at the age of 8. She excelled at ice dancing and freestyle skating at a highly competitive level until she was 18 years old. After competition, Stammen was hired for her first professional show on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performing in shows on the ship’s ice rinks.

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  • Show Reel of the Week: Alanna Baker

    Show Reel of the Week: Alanna Baker

    My name is Alanna Baker, I’m an energetic, fun and lively woman, who’s focused, determined, motivated and goal driven. I’m an acrobat and gymnast who used to compete for Great Britain and I’m now currently working for Cirque du Soleil’s touring show OVO as an acrobatic character, with a back up aerial act.

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  • David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    The Cirque du Soleil circus troupe — which will return to Charlotte next week, for the first time in five years — has long been known for its gravity-defying acrobatics and daredevil stunts. And as you’re watching, you may wonder (especially knowing that Cirque acrobat Yann Arnaud died following a fall during a March performance of “Volta” in Tampa): Do the performers have any fear? “In some shows where you do the same act and it becomes very routine, you can get complacent,” says competitive gymnast-turned-Cirque performer David Resnick.

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  • Joey Arrigo brings “Waz” to life in VOLTA

    Joey Arrigo brings “Waz” to life in VOLTA

    The amazingly flexible and insanely acrobatic artists of Cirque du Soleil are known to be experts at their artistry. But what brought them to the Cirque family is exciting. Michael Cook from Out in Jersey sat down with Joey Arrigo, who portrays “Waz” in the latest Cirque du Soleil production Volta.

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  • All The Vegas Podcast: Brandon Pereyda of Zumanity

    All The Vegas Podcast: Brandon Pereyda of Zumanity

    Brandon Pereyda is a rare being in the Vegas entertainment scene, a born-and-raised Las Vegas native who performs in one of the most perennially popular production shows on the Strip. A self-trained aerialist, Pereyda has contributed one of the most thrilling acts in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” for almost 10 years now, flying above the stage and over the bewildered audience from his customized chain apparatus. It’s sexy and daring and beyond memorable, and for Pereyda, it’s still as intense as the very first time he took the Cirque stage.

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  • Drumming for Cirque du Soleil (feat. Kit Chatham)

    Drumming for Cirque du Soleil (feat. Kit Chatham)

    Although Isaac Cavallaro had yet to personally meet Kit, he’d read and heard so many positive things about his musicianship, he simply had to reach out to him. Ironically they were both currently working in Japan, so if their schedules aligned, they hoped to meet up in Tokyo between performances.

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  • Kevin Lapierre: A New Life On Ice

    Kevin Lapierre: A New Life On Ice

    The road to blade life satisfaction can take many turns, one of which has Kevin Lapierre touring across North America — and soon the world — in support of the opportunity he found to perform stunts on ice for Cirque Du Soleil‘s ice skating and gymnastics showcase, “Crystal.”

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  • Crystal Brings Skater Shawn Sawyer Full Circle

    Crystal Brings Skater Shawn Sawyer Full Circle

    Growing up in Canada, Shawn Sawyer said it was practically in his blood to put on a pair of skates as a child. Sawyer liked skating fast and skating alongside his brother on the hockey team their father coached, but quickly realized that scoring goals and being part of a team didn’t thrill him. Knowing how much Sawyer liked coming to the ice rink, Sawyer’s dad suggested he give figure skating a shot.

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  • How Elizabeth Williams became a Cirque acrobat

    How Elizabeth Williams became a Cirque acrobat

    While waiting for her order, she notices a pull tab advert and reads: “Private aerial classes with former Cirque du Soleil artist”. Totally intimidated but excited, she is calling the number. The girl already knows that she is going to sneak out of her dance school classes. She knows that the new chapter in her life starts right here, right now.

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  • A Day in the Life of Corteo’s Fred Umali

    A Day in the Life of Corteo’s Fred Umali

    What do artists do in their free time? What inspires them in their everyday life? How do they start their day, tackle their creative processes, balance work-life, and then unwind – all within 24 hours? Fred Umali is from San Jose, California. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2004 for the general formation of the show Corteo, which premiered in 2005. He has worked on the creation of Corteo and Viva Elvis.

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  • Touring With Cirque du Soleil: Sita Bhuller

    Touring With Cirque du Soleil: Sita Bhuller

    What’s it like to be on tour with a circus show? How do people land a job working for Cirque du Soleil? What do they love and hate about being on tour and what are the challenges? TheatreArtLife caught up with some of the cast of TORUK – The First Flight to find out: SITA BHULLER: ARTIST ON TORUK

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  • Guy Laliberté Dishes One Night For One Drop

    Guy Laliberté Dishes One Night For One Drop

    Each year, a visual extravaganza descends on Las Vegas in the form of One Night for One Drop, an annual philanthropic event in which Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their talent and time to create a unique and breathtaking theatrical in support of One Drop, an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water.

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