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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV - For more in­for­ma­tion go to cirque­du­soleil.com.au/jobs SUZANNE SIMONOT

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.

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