Claudel Doucet

INTERVIEW

Please tell us about your artistic background before joining Cirque.

I studied at the “École nationale de cirque" in Montreal where I took a general formation for the first 5 years and then specialized in Aerial Silks. After finishing school I worked for various Circus Companies and trained.

  • Claudel Doucet
  • Canada
  • Aerial Silk
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I began rehearsing in January 2005 and started performing in March 2005.

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

Having grown up in Montreal and being exposed to the Circus Arts I was always close to the action, and ever since I was a child I would go see each new Cirque du Soleil show as it premiered.

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

My audition was specifically for the role of Azalaa. It was a little weird for me because many of my friends were rehearsing for Corteoin the gym where my audition was taking place.

How did your integration go in Montreal and in the show?

My integration went by quite quickly. However, because I was finishing a prior engagement with another company at the same time, the workload was particularly great. Once I arrived on tour, I had a further 2 weeks of rehearsals to get fully integrated into the show.

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

I like traveling and being on stage. Cirque allows me to do both.

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

Because I was already a circus performer before joining Cirque du Soleil, my transition was very natural.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

Cirque offers an excellent working environment for artists with an incredible support staff; the trainers, physiotherapists, tour services and artistic team are all second to none.

How is life on tour?

I decided to get into the circus arts because I wanted a job where I would travel. Life on tour demands a lot from you, but it is also an exhilarating experience.