Hassan El Hajjami

INTERVIEW

Your biggest artistic achievement in your pre-Cirque career:

Juste Debout 2007 #3 in the World, European Champion 2004, World Champion Battle of the Year in 2003 (Pokemon Crew), Champion France 2003

Please tell us about your artistic background previous to joining Cirque:

Dancer, Performer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Lyon Opera

  • Hassan El Hajjami
  • France
  • Dance, “popping" style
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

September 2005

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

Cirque called and asked me to do an audition in Paris along with about 10 other “poppers".

What kind of an experience was your audition?

The audition lasted a whole day but thankfully I was in good shape and in the end I had a lot of fun competing for the role of “Walrus"!

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

I had to do dancing and acting workshops, and learn English!

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

I get a lot of satisfaction from my role in LOVE. My solo act is fun and I get to play one of the most important characters in the show.

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

Having a solo in one of the most important shows in the world is an honor.

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

Being around so many other talented artists helped my transition and helped me increase my own level as an artist.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to learn a new language and meet new people… and to be a part of such a creative force is magical.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Vegas is filled with lots of fun people and things to do. The creator of the Electric Boogaloo lives here and in my spare time we hang out and dance together! Anything else you would like to share with us?

Peace and love!