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    Post Cirque du Soleil Auditions for martial artists

    As some of you might remember, I wrote an article about martial arts and Cirque du Soleil back in Oct 2000. Well, I'm working with them again to help promote their worldwide casting call SPECIFICALLY FOR MARTIAL ARTISTS.

    Here's the scoop (and I'm quoting from their flyer now.)

    "For our new production, beginning in the spring of 2004 in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil is looking for adult masters in wushu, kung fu, aikido or other martial arts, who are proficient in the use of weapons such as sabers, nunchakus, katana, etc. The candidates must have no fear of heights and must possess a strong stage presence. Experience in trampoline, gymnastics or other acrobatic disciplines is an asset.

    Interested artists should send their resume, a photo and a video to the following address:
    Cirque du Soleil
    Casting - Martial Arts
    8400 2nd Ave.
    Montreal, Quebec Canada H1Z 4M6

    Please note that only selected candidates will be invited to audition. For details regarding sumission instructions, visit our website at casting.cirquedusoleil.com"

    I'll add that the auditions are scheduled for Feb 2003 in Las Vegas and my understanding is that this is for another permanent installations in another casino like their show "O." So how about it? I know you all like to sit on your butts and post here, but did you ever want to run off and join the circus? Now's your chance. Let them know you heard it here and they might give you a second look. I would be so proud if one of our forum members made the cut (and I would expect that forum member to comp me into the show - plus drinks - next time I'm in Vegas! )
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    no fear of heights - CHECK
    must possess a strong stage presence - CHECK
    trampoline, gymnastics or other acrobatic disciplines is an asset - CHECK
    adult masters in wushu, kung fu, aikido or other martial arts - Aw and it was looking so good.
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    Stacey Guest
    I've got the kung fu.

    I'm a wizard with chucks and other weapons.

    No prob with the heights

    I've got great stage presence

    I'm handsome.....but....I have bad hair.

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    what abou that yan ming guy.
    he'd be perfect!

    i always said he was a clown.
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    The cirque would love to have a few shaolin in their ranks.

    Cirque du Soliel "Shaokrakalinakyzema"

    Awesome display of human capabilties though.

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    unfortunately shi yan ming would be perfect. The head of the chen family would be bad.

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    royce would choke the whole circus out.
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    The version I received was;

    Cirque du Soleil ad
    Requirements:
    Gender: N/A
    Age: N/A
    Criteria:
    Mastery of one of the following disciplines: Wu Shu, Kung Fu, Aikido or
    other;
    Mastery of the use of weapons such as the sabre, nunchakus, katana or other;
    Strong stage presence;
    Sense of movement and acting or experience in dance, an asset;
    Very good flexibility;
    Great upper body strength;
    Must be in excellent physical shape;
    Experience in trampoline, an asset;
    Ability to work in the air; the artist must not suffer from vertigo;
    Artistic open-mindedness and open to working in a group.
    Conditions:
    Length of contract: Two years.
    Show: Yet to be unveiled!

    Auditions: By invitation

    Deadline for Submission: Immediately.

    Submission instructions:

    We invite you to send your complete file, including specifically:
    a resumE(including weight, height, date of birth, complete contact
    information, years and locations of training, and locations of professional
    experience);
    one or more photos;
    a video (obligatory). Here is what we must see in the video:
    - Presentation to the camera (last name, first name, age, background and
    progress);
    - Flexibility (all splits + back + shoulders);
    - Recent images of your specialty (in training, competition and show);
    - Images of weapons work (if applicable);
    - Acrobatic basics on the floor;
    - Dance improvisation.
    Please note that your application will not be considered if your file is
    incomplete.
    The bits I've put in red are the bits I fall short on...! But then, I reckon the word mastery is gonna lead to a fair bit of falling short... I have black belts coming out me ears (hey! That could be an act in itself!!! ) and plenty of experience with swords and sticks in MA and some in the circus, but I'm only a master of the ass-trumpet

    'Gender: N/A': hmm, Stacey should be OK then!
    its safe to say that I train some martial arts. Im not that good really, but most people really suck, so I feel ok about that - Sunfist

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    Maybe that Iron ***** guy will applyy
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    live performance

    Unfortunately most masters like Shi Yanming or Tu Jin-Sheng are too busy to join Cirque. Cirque needs the kind of talent that can commit to such a live show. They need talent that has a lot of time on their hands - like people who sit around and post on the forum. Of course, if you sit around and post on a forum, you probably don't have the mad skills they require.

    FWIW, I think live theater is the new true frontier for kungfu/wushu. Everybody wants to be Bruce, Jet or Jackie - the big movie star - but few have the courage to do live theater, no retakes, no editing. That's where wushu can really shine. We're seeing more of this sort of thing, not only with Cirque, but other circuses have added wushu, and then there's the shows like Shaolin Wheel of Life. Actually it hails back to traditional CMA practice in opera and circus. Live performance - no Keenu/wirework/CGI stuff - that's real kungfu. It's a logical step. So lets get some CMAtist in Cirque, not some aikidoka (?) Surely you all must know someone with that kind of skill...
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    I'm seding this to one of my top students back in Chicago. He's insane and fits the guidelines.
    "Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake."
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    Where are the grapplers?

    Doesn't Cirque realize 90% of all circus acts go to the ground?

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    Circus... show stuff...movies ..... and you consider that "real kung fu" ? Wow! What have *I* been thinking ??
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    cirque

    mst: Cool. You must let me know how it goes for him.

    bkh: Not cirque - they do it all in the air. That's why no fear of heights is important .

    b: Live perfomance is always more real than recorded, no matter what the art form. In these digital days of CGI everything, I fear we forget that too often.
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    I Know a guy who is dreaming about working with soleil, he is a natural athlete, have been doing gruelling hard cirkus training since he could barely walk, he is skilled in so many diciplines...if i call him and tell him he have to do MA to get into soleil ill bet he will add a couple of hours of MA training to the 6-8 hours of training he does at his cirkusschool.
    Probably would kill the guy...better not tell him..then again he prbably knows already.

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