Choreography, Contortionists, Costume Creation…Ask Cirque! Episode #9 | Cirque du Soleil series

Choreography, Contortionists, Costume Creation…Ask Cirque! Episode #9 | Cirque du Soleil series

ASK CIRQUE! Welcome to this week’s all-new
episode of Ask Cirque!. Did you watch last week’s episode? You can catch up right here. Or you can check out
the description below. So, are you ready for it? We’re jumping right into
this week’s episode of… ASK CIRQUE! [Corteo Artist] I got a question
here from a Cirque fan. Gina Willman from Facebook asks: “How much training do you have to do
before you can perform like this? I am in awe of your talent.” Thank you Gina for the question. My name is David. Most of us have
trained a long time. I’m a gymnast, so I’ve trained
for easy 15 to 20 years, so it’s a buildup over
a long period of time. But specifically for the show, an integration can take anywhere
from 2 weeks to 6 months to get to, like, a full integration
of the act and to feel comfortable. We train hard. We train on
stage a couple hours a week. We train backstage pretty consistently,
warming up before the show. Physical conditioning
is always a must. But most of the time, it’s a buildup
over a certain period of time and years before we even reach
working for Cirque du Soleil. So yeah, I hope that
answers your question. [Operations Development Advisor]
Hi, my name is Anik Lefrançois. I’m a communication advisor for the
Cirque du Soleil here in Montreal. My question is from Stanley: “May I please have a free tour of
your costume creation department. You said ask a question, so I did. It would be a dream come true.” Well, Stanley, once a year the
International Headquarters in Montreal opens its door to
the general public during the Culture Day, usually
by the end of September. So you can come in Montreal here and
meet our artisans in a workshop, and you learn a lot from everything
from fabric transformation, textile, dyeing, printing, hats, wigs, shoes. So basically everything
from a costume process. So if unfortunately you
can’t come to Montreal, I invite you to click on this link and you can have a glimpse of
what happened last September. So we hope to see you next year and
hopefully make your dream come true. As a dancer, I trained a lot before Cirque.
[MJONE Artist] I’ve been dancing since
I was 6 years old. I do a lot of styles,
so that’s a life journey. So Cirque du Soleil was kind of a
topping on that, of just, you know, reward of all the hard work,
all the training, all the dedication and practice and patience
and love that goes into that before you, to actually present
itself on the stage like that. Hi. So I have a
question from Carol, [Senior Artistic Director
Resident shows division] coming from Facebook,
and she’s asking me: “In Las Vegas, do you use the
same performers for every show or do they rotate? Love them!!” Us too we love them a lot. The performers in Vegas
will do 470 shows a year, and we rotate them. So because our artists can
do 3 to 4 different acts, but they will never do
4 acts in one performance. So one day they’re
gonna perform 2 acts, the day after they’re gonna
perform 2 other different acts. So they rotate within the show but it’s always the same
performers night after night. Bye-bye. I hope it answers
your question, Carole. Hey. I’m Emma Stones and I’m an
acrobat on Crystal [Crystal Artist] and I’m gonna be answering
a question from Kyle, Kyle Barton from YouTube.
And he asks: “How difficult is it to be the lead
choreographer for one of these shows?” So on this show, on Crystal, the lead
choreographer is Geneviève Dorion-Coupal. But for me, my job
as acrobatic captain is to make sure that what
she taught us in creation in her job is continued
throughout every single show. So that means that the choreography
that we do every single day that she taught us has to be
sharp, it has to be on point, everybody has to be together and that’s
what makes the images so strong. It’s choreographies that they’re
kind of tricky to learn with the timing and how
it goes with the music and they’re very, I keep doing
this because it’s how we do it in the office number
if you see the show, and it’s very on beat on the music and
if you’re a second off, it looks bad. So my job is to teach people
these choreographies, which individually isn’t too hard, but then to make sure
that as a group, everybody is exactly on the same
counts all the time. That’s trickier. Just, you know, some days
people are a bit tired and thinking elsewhere and they do
their head on a different count and that ruins the image. So as my job as an acrobatic
captain, for the choreography, it’s exactly that, to make
sure that everybody is clean, sharp and doing the
choreography on the counts. [LOVE Artist] What I like
most about performing here is that I can show off my
favourite sport to the world. [Head of Casting and Artistic
Advisor Resident Shows] Grace B from YouTube asks: “What is the most fulfilling thing
about being in Cirque du Soleil?” Interesting question. I have been lucky to live
on both sides of Cirque, the onstage side and
the offstage side. I would say when I was an artist obviously the most fulfilling thing
was to make people happy every night, to get them out of their everyday
life and make them dream. Now that I am in the shadows, it’s still working
towards that goal. But also being able to give
the dream to the people who are coming on stage,
as part of being Casting. So what I would say is
if you have a dream and if you want to be a
part of Cirque du Soleil, whether on stage or off stage, and if you want to be a part
of these people giving, you know, making people dream, check out our website and you’ll see all the
jobs available there. [TOTEM Artist]
After the performance, my cooling down is as
important as the warmup. So because you’ve done really extreme
physical activity with your body, it’s good to rest. And then every act and every person
has a different way of cooling down, but for me as a contortionist
it’s very important because I bend with my back that
I relax and cool down a lot. And then it’s good to also release
the muscles that worked a lot. So we have foam rollers back here, so a lot of artists use that. And we also have tennis balls
to release tensions as well. So it’s good to stretch out, like for
me it’s very good to stretch out, because I’ve been bending so much. But most actors, the main thing
is to release the muscle that has been worked the most. And it’s very important
to cool down to keep your career as
long as it’s possible. Hi!
[Sep7imo Dia Artist] Being a clown with
Cirque du Soleil gives me a chance to work with many
different audiences and see that even
if we’re all human, there are so many ways to identify
with humour and take it in. So after 13 years of travelling through
some 180 cities around the world, I was given the opportunity
to be in one location, performing the same routine, but using a different
style of humour and a different approach than
people were expecting in the show. I think this is absolutely the best part –
even better than eating, which I love to do! I always tend to be
a physical clown, working and expressing
myself with my body. I genuinely think that every year
I come back a little bit smarter, and recently I’ve been
working differently, using more intelligence
and subtlety in my act, and in… No, no, I’m kidding. I tend to work with my body, mixing visuals with
dance and mime, but I stop just shy of becoming
a traditional mime artist. My name is Misha Usov.
[TOTEM Artist] I’m a clown in the
Cirque du Soleil show TOTEM. Hey! I feel… It seems to me that a clown
is actually a separate planet. I believe that you’re either
a clown, or you’re not. I know that I’m a clown, and it’s not about whether it’s
Cirque du Soleil or not Cirque du Soleil. I’m just a clown, you know. So, I got here, and the clown
who lives inside me, he’s here. Here. It not Misha Usov
who is a clown but the thing inside me. [KURIOS Musician] Hey, Kit Chatham here from KURIOS, and I got a question from Brazil. A boy’s dream is to become a
drummer for Cirque du Soleil, and I’m gonna give him a couple
ways to reach that goal. First thing is what I do
is practise and study. So you want to get with a teacher, get as much knowledge as you
can, and even multiple teachers, and then what you want to do is
practise, practise, practise a lot. Practise a lot. The next thing I would suggest you
do is really gain experience. Play with bands. Play with groups. Play with as many people as you can
so that you develop that interaction with playing with others. That’s very important here as you
always play with different musicians from all over the world. The last thing that
I’d definitely recommend is that you need to really explore
creativity and improvisation. A part of this job is you’re watching
acrobats on stage every night do these amazing feasts
and you never know, they might mess up and you
have to be ready to change and adapt musically all the time. So the more that you
can be creative and express your voice in drums
and also be able to improvise and be able to respond
quickly to things, that’s one of the best
things you can do to help become a Cirque du Soleil
percussionist and drummer. So hope that helps you out.
Best of luck on your dream. Thank you for watching this
week’s episode of Ask Cirque! Comment below to let us know what
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47 Replies to “Choreography, Contortionists, Costume Creation…Ask Cirque! Episode #9 | Cirque du Soleil series”

  1. As a singer, is it hard to keep your mind focused, and ready when you have to improvise because a of a trick that went wrong?

  2. I'm feeling even more next to my dream 🥁🙏,my audition video is already on my YouTube Channel cirque!! Hope work with you guys soon

  3. When a new act or a rotational act is incorporate in a show, did a new music is always compose? Did you re-contact the original composer of the show to create a new song ? 🙂

  4. Can you guys PLEASE tell me something not posted on any news article so far, something that none of us fans know about Cirque du Soleil Hangzhou?

  5. What type of makeup or face paint do the artists in O use that doesn't come off while they are constantly going in the water?

  6. I'm a big fan of Cirque! I'm from Brazil and I'm 17, my dream is to become a Cirque du Soleil clown and I want to know how can I make it come true?

  7. Hello! It is my dream to work in the costume department for Cirque. I will be going to college for costume design and technology. I recently heard that Cirque does not hire Americans for their costume shop. Is that true? Do you have any advice for me for getting in as an American? Do you have any major requirements?

  8. Are you always exited to go on stage, or are you mostly worried? What's your favorite and least favorite thing about performing?

  9. You said in this video that Las Vegas Cirque performers change what they do every other night, is this only for Las Vegas or other places too?

  10. How long is the average time that someone is given the opportunity to join a Cirque du Soleil after getting through the audition into the talent data base?

  11. Is it ever scary doing things involving heights? Eg. Crystal falling through ice in ‘Crystal’, Nico, Mircocosmos, and Klara coming down to stage in ‘Kurios’, fight scene in ‘Ka’, Wheel of death in ‘Kooza’? And if so how do you cope with it and stay in character?

  12. Hi! I'd like to know what happens when one of the artists gets injured? Do they receive physiotherapy and someone else replaces them while they're recovering?#AskCirque

  13. Is there any chance you will bring Alegria back to life, in any way or form? For those of us, who are still in love with the beauty and the magic?

  14. What is it like to grow in cirque du soleil? Do children study in normal school? Is there someone who looks after the kids while their parents are at the show? Like a nanny?

  15. Ok I don’t know if this would be too hard to do but can you PLEASE show us how the upside down dinner party in Kurios works? It’s amazing! If you could maybe just film a technician explaining it or something that would be amazing! I’m so kurios about how it works!

  16. #AskCirque hey i started gymnastics at late twelve. its been a few months i have my front walkover and my bridge kick over. i want to be a good gymnast. especially with the tumbling. did i start to late to be good? i want to be a acrobat/Tumbler for you guys eventually…..

  17. I am in love with the Cyr Wheel act and I really wanna learn how to use the Cyr Wheel. So I’m wondering how easy is Cyr Wheel? And is it fun to do on stage? Thanks! :’)

  18. Doing it right, Manuel! Amazing to have talent like you to show off one of the funnest sports! Amazing to see this show providing an opportunity to rollerblading

  19. Are the costumes made for la nouba and the other resident shows in Las Vegas and around the world like zed made in the Montreal headquarters?

  20. I have a suggestion,I think you guys at cirque should incorporate cloud swings in you show like you did in my favorite show Quidam.

  21. Hi! My name is Yago im seventeen years old and im from Córdoba, Argentina.I wanted to know if there's a limit age for be part of the show?

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