Eve Castelo Branco

INTERVIEW

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

I’ve been dancing various styles of dance since I was 8. My artistic background is mostly based on movements, improvisations and interpretations of modern dance. As a teenager I participated in some Drum Corps International Championships which gave me the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of spectators and to travel.

  • Eve Castelo Branco
  • Canada
  • Dance
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I joined Cirque in 2005 right after graduating from “Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montréal inc.“ during the creation of DELIRIUM.

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

In May 2005, Gillian Ferrabee saw me perform at the LADMMI graduates performance and invited me to audition for LOVE. Soon after, Cirque approached me for a role… but it was for DELIRIUM!

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

In my audition I played characters, did some improvisation and danced and danced. Like all auditions, it was exhausting, but it was an exceptional experience that I will never forget.

How did your integration go (either in Montreal or in a show)?

My integration was fantastic. It was like diving head first into a universe where dreams mix with extraordinary ideas, all the while meeting incredible artists from all over the world. And because the show was being created in my Montreal I was able to live at home, surrounded by my family and friends.

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

DELIRIUM is a show that gives its dancers an incredible opportunity for improvisation and exploration, which I just love. I get to dance in nearly all the acts which means dancing in many styles; from urban dance, to African and even the tango.

In 2007 I began an aerial act after learning Aerial Silks with Émilie Therrien. So now, on top of dancing, I get to have fun with something new.

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

I love traveling, seeing new places and meeting people from around the world. DELIRIUM changes town every two weeks which allows for ample time to see the towns we visit! Another thing I love is being able to perform night after night in front of thousands of people. It’s incredible!

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

Because I started with Cirque right out of school, I would have to say that my transition was quick and easy.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

Being a Cirque artist allows you to meet incredible people from all over the world and you get to travel and experience incredible things. On top of it all, we get to do what we love to do the most! What could be better!

How is life on tour?

Life on tour can sometimes be difficult, we change city so often without ever fully unpacking our bags. Having said that, I must say that touring is a unique experience that I truly enjoy.