We’ve been fortunate enough to attend Cirque du Soleil shows before and are always amazed. But when we heard that the next show, LUZIA, was Mexican-themed, we were particularly interested. Beyond just the mysticism and unreal feats, there was a different look to this show, judging purely by the advertising, that is! It got us curious so we asked to speak to Francis Jalbert, publicist for LUZIA. Read the interview and purchase tickets so you can see what’s special about LUZIA, coming to Denver June 1 – July 9.
A: Cirque du Soleil opened a dinner show in Riviera Maya in 2014 called JOYA. Through the creation process of the production, our creative teams got to learn more about the contemporary culture of Mexico, which lead to the idea of creating a Big Top show with a Latin American feel. Daniele Finzi Pasca, the writer and director selected for LUZIA, has lived in Mexico for more than 10 years and has always wanted to create a show paying tribute to the culture that has warmly welcomed him and made him feel at home. Instead of representing Mexico in a realistic fashion, the creative team of LUZIA created an evocation of the country; a dream woven from memories, experiences and encounters, laden with inspirations deeply rooted in Mexican identity – a culture that has had a lasting impact on their lives.
A: Cirque du Soleil artists come from diverse cultural, artistic and acrobatic backgrounds. For example, the 46 cast members of LUZIA alone represent 15 different nationalities and come from either the world of competitive gymnastics, sports, traditional circus, contemporary circus schools, dance or music. Close to half of Cirque du Soleil’s 1,300 artists across 19 productions come from a sports background, adapting the skills they’ve learned in gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, mixed martial arts and many other disciplines to the requirements of acts featured in Cirque du Soleil productions. On LUZIA, many of the artists are alumni of the National Circus School of Montreal, a professional academy where students graduate with a college degree in specific contemporary circus disciplines. Artists coming from traditional circus usually come from generations of circus performers, learning acrobatics from their parents at a very young age and growing up performing around the world. Some of our artists are even self-taught performers with a unique talent that our audience has never seen before…We are simply working with the bests in the live entertainment industry.
Q: What kind of training do performers have to have in order to be hired by Cirque?
A: We are looking for highly-skilled performers across all disciplines with the ability of performing 8 to 10 times a week. Having stage experience is always an advantage, but some of our artists have never performed before joining one of our shows. It varies depending on the type of acrobatics or artistic disciplines they come from. For example, we tend to work with actors, dancers, singers and clowns who have had professional experiences before and know how to connect with the audience. In terms of gymnasts, most of them have never been in contact with performing arts, but we cast them for their physical abilities and the potential for artistic growth we see in them. Once they join Cirque du Soleil, all artists spend time at our International Head Quarters in Montreal to develop the skills needed for the role they’ve been casted for and if needed, learn how to connect with the audience, play a character, sing, dance, play percussions and learn about crowd animation.
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