Magazine article Dance Spirit

10 Things You Never Knew about Cirque Du Soleil

Magazine article Dance Spirit

10 Things You Never Knew about Cirque Du Soleil

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DS gets the inside scoop on dancing in the fantastical Cirque duSoteil shows.

Cirque du Soleil isn't your grandmother's circus. It's sleek, sophisticated and sometimes a little scary. Every scene is a production in itself, complete with radiant costumes, intricate choreography and, our favorite part, technically extraordinary dancers. Since the early 1980s, Cirque du Soleil has grown from a tiny crew of street performers in Canada to a huge organization that now puts on 20 shows across the globe- each with its own plot and zany cast. This year marks milestone anniversaries for several Cirque du Soleil productions, so DS asked four dancers-from four different Cirque du Soleil shows-to share 10 secrets only an insider would know. -Rachel Zar

1"The audience response is stronger than in the traditional dance world. The crowd reacts to everything with excitement, amazement and disbelief. It was shocking at first-it took a while to get used to spontaneous outbursts within the theater." -Natalya Bashkatova, La Nouba

2 'The costumes are legendary and so detailed. The cast is measured from head to toe to the millimeter, and two artists have the same outfit. They even laser scanned my head to get my wig size!" -Jarrett Kelly, The Beatles LOVE

3 "Mystères stage is almost a full circle, so I have to be aware that I'm always being watched at many angles." -Israel Gutierrez, Mystère

41 "Unlike the ballet I world I'm from, diversity and uniqueness are praised in Cirque du Soleil. Having an unusual body type or uncommon proportions is actually a huge plus. The dancers here never have to try to blend in. …

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