WISH ON A STAR
Did you ever dream of running away to join the circus? Cirque du Soleil is looking for athletes with star quality for upcoming productions
Ladies and gentlemen of the Gold Coast, roll up, roll up for your chance to make a dream come true. The greatest shows on Earth could be looking for someone just like you. Cirque du Soleil, the company behind acclaimed travelling spectacles including Kooza, currently packing them in under the Big Top in Brisbane, is on the hunt for cast and crew for upcoming productions. Cirque du Soleil company manager Genevieve Deslandes says the Canadian- based outfit is on a drive to fill hundreds of positions.
“We have so many new shows on the road and old shows on the road and new resident shows that we’re struggling to recruit – we don’t have enough time to train enough people. We need big bosses. We need people used to leading massive productions and living on the road full time,” she says.
“We need company and tour managers, stage managers, finance, IT, costume and props makers, rigging specialists – all of the technical trades.”
While the Kooza team was rocked not long after its Brisbane season opened last month when homegrown star Lisa Skinner was injured in a fall during her aerial hoop routine, the troupe rallied and the show went on. Speaking before her fall, Lisa, a worldclass gymnast and former Olympian, said she had spent considerably more time in Lycra than she ever planned.
“I have been lucky enough to have made a career out of what I love doing; out of what I started as a kid in Albany Creek when I was six years old and wanted to learn to do the splits and a handstand.”
A representative from Cirque du Soleil says that Lisa is recovering well and support is being offered to her and her family. Not all Cirque productions are as acrobatically dangerous as Kooza, which boasts a cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, magicians, singers, actors and artists. But when it comes to performing, Cirque has an eagle eye for athletes with “star quality”.
“They have to be very strong physically and also mentally,” Genevieve says.