Anthony Gatto

INTERVIEW

What was your biggest artistic achievement prior to joining Cirque du Soleil?

I hold 11 juggling World Records and I am the only juggler to win the Golden Clown in the history of the “Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo".

Please tell us about your artistic background before joining Cirque.

I have been training since I was 3 and performing since I was 8. I have 26 years of show business experience performing all over the world and at nearly every major casino in Las Vegas.

  • Anthony Gatto
  • United States
  • Juggling
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I joined in March 2007.

What was your first contact with the organization? What was the context?

I was contacted by Cirque many years ago but had never found the right project until the creation of KOOZA.

What kind of an experience was your audition and/or training and/or workshop?

I didn’t have to audition. David Shiner, the director of KOOZA, has known me since I was child. He came to see my show in Las Vegas and decided that I would be a good fit for the show.

How did your integration go in the show?

Due to my prior engagements I was the last artist to join and was thrown right into the mix… it was quite a busy month!

How does being part of a Cirque du Soleil show allow you to express yourself in your discipline?

This was an opportunity for me to experiment with a character other than the ones I had been doing all my life. Performing is all about growing and Cirque provides a good atmosphere to grow as an artist.

What do you like the most about being part of Cirque du Soleil?

Cirque was the next level for me, the next frontier. It’s a great feeling to have made it here.

How did the transition go between your former career to your current Cirque career?

 

The transition was smooth. Nearly all of my performing career I have had a busy schedule:

2 shows a day, 6 or 7 days a week, and that really helped.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

No other venue takes care of its artists the way Cirque does. And there is a certain sense of security knowing that Cirque will be around for a long, long time.