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A Day In The Life Of A Cirque du Soleil Artist

November 7, 2019

My name is Sophie,
I’m from Sweden and I’m here as a
freestyle skater. So a typical workday: you wake up, you set on the coffee
machine first thing, for sure. And here we actually, we
go by bus transportation to a separate venue because
we need the ice, right. So we come here, we warm up, usually
we do choreography on the ice. But we also have a lot of
other elements in this show. We are learning stick manipulation,
we have acting classes, truly incorporating a lot
more elements than just normal figure skating in this. And as freestyle skaters, we also take the time to
do a lot of acrobatics off the ice before
we go onto the ice. After work, you sleep. No, it’s very… For all
athletes it’s very important to always cool down, stretch,
foot bath, those types of things. I would say that’s definitely
a process that comes with how comfortable
you get in the show. For me, I can almost get like
an outside-of-body experience where I just see everything
from outside of me, and when you step off you barely
remember what you just did. As you get more comfortable, that’s when like the
beauty with this kicks in, when you can actually like start getting
your connection with the audience. You get very secure in your role and you can start putting
more emotions in acting and face expression and
all of this into it. And that’s when it all
becomes so much fun. In our act, I think
what’s most impressive is the variosity of skaters, since freestyle skating has
so many different elements and different styles within it that
we’re all very very different. We all have our own
approach to it, which makes the number very intense
and very very trick based. To apply for a Cirque
du Soleil job, you need to show
everything you’ve done. For me, it was my
gymnastics background. All my dancing, skating, theatre, like literally every little
thing you have in your box, you just need to
show it out there. I have a background
in gymnastics. I was doing gymnastics
when I was a little kid up until I was 13 years old, and then
I transferred into figure skating. My favourite element in
gymnastics was the floor because that’s when you got to
be a little bit more creative and you got to pick your music. So I guess that’s kind of dragged me
into the figure skating side of it. And I competed in figure
skating for five years, then I got dragged into show
business for the same reason. I love the creativity of it and
to be performing on stage. After I stopped competing, I traveled the world
with cruise ships and I performed in
ice shows onboard some of the biggest cruise
ships in the world. I believe the combination
of my background with an acrobatic
background and the skating, it’s a very good fit for me and
I’m very happy to be here. I would say the most challenging
so far is patience, for sure. Creation takes a lot patience,
which is also the beauty of it. Everything is created
on the spot. You get to be a part of how
everything comes together, all the different elements
with both choreography and music and lights
and everything. It’s time to set some lights. It’s truly like an
amazing experience, but it takes a lot of patience. It’s a lot of puzzle
pieces to put together. And then to just constantly
stay warm, stay in shape. So coming here as a
Cirque du Soleilartist, I don’t think we can point out
enough how well taken care we are. We have a PMED who
looks after us. We have a lot of resources
around and a lot of equipment to help us stay in shape
and to be very very safe. And also how friendly everyone is
and how well we all work together. I think it’s important to
find your own uniqueness. For me example, that’s when I started
moving my gymnastics over to the ice, finding something that not a
lot of other people are doing, and also really think about the
love you have for performance, because that’s what we are all
based on: our love for performing. If I would describe our
show AXEL in 3 words, I would usefuturistic,intenseand if you are able to
read between the lines, you can find a lot ofhidden
to relate to.


  • Reply ANDREIA COELHO October 20, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    amazing, talented 😊😊😊❤

  • Reply Camila Guerra October 20, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I will be a Cirque du Soleil artist someday🥰 it's my dream

  • Reply CRYSTAL ALINE October 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    wonderful ❤❤😊😊😍

  • Reply Tío Zorro del Valle October 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    They don't have (torture) lions, monkeys or bears… That's enough for loving this company. Bravo!! 😘

  • Reply AVE ANDINA October 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm


  • Reply argh c October 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    West coast shows, please!

  • Reply Faith Angus October 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm


  • Reply Joe C. BABYyyy October 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Cirque Is So Amazing! My Children And I Listen To Alegria To Go To Sleep At Night,So Relaxing! So Thank Yall All At Cirque Du Soleil!

  • Reply Libby Withnall October 21, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Love these behind the scenes video. Looks like amazing show. Hope I get the chance to see it one day.

  • Reply jnathan09 October 22, 2019 at 8:23 am

    🥰 I'm so in love

  • Reply Leonardo Lobo October 24, 2019 at 12:13 am


  • Reply Michael Isbell October 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    As a local crew member, I've had the opportunity to work for the Cirque du Soleil and I must say that the shows are phenomenal and the people awesome.

  • Reply Sadia Rose October 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

    When I first saw her doing the tumbling I was like well that's easy I could do that, then I realized she was doing it on ice and I was like 😱😲

  • Reply Marieke Dufresne October 28, 2019 at 1:48 am

    What arena do they train at?

  • Reply east ricky October 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    fantasitic!! we follow you!!  fom japan!

  • Reply Denny Law October 29, 2019 at 3:10 am

    so much talent….so beautiful to watch.

  • Reply Mirko Hudak October 31, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Aaaal-right,lady…👌You're a real "cat"… show must go on with that musculatured body,you're fantastic…

  • Reply sophie vandam October 31, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    So awesome to see this! I love the shows😍
    If you get a job at cirques du soleil can you work there for a long time or just the show and after that you need to look for another job?

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