Jeanne Dioman Gbou

INTERVIEW

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

F.I.T.D. – My dance group won the International Theatre Festival for Development in Africa

Please tell us about your artistic background before joining Cirque.

I was a member of the “Ballet national de Côte d’Ivoire", a traditional dance group and an African contemporary dance troupe called Terzo

  • Jeanne Dioman Gbou
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • African Dance
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I began with Dralion in April 1999.

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

Some people from the Cirque casting department came to the Ivory Coast in 1998 to see my group perform and videotape the show.

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

The taping of my performance in the show was sort of my audition. Soon after, Cirque called to ask if I would like to work for them.

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

My integration into the role was a little difficult because the type of dance I was required to perform was different from the very traditional dance style I was used to.

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

My role in Dralion allows me to express my inner energy with a lot of fast movement and big facial expressions.

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

I enjoy being able to work and live with people from many other cultures and disciplines, something I would not be able to experience in the Ivory Coast.

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

It went very smoothly. The only difference is now I do the same dance every day.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

Cirque allows you the opportunity to do what you love and to learn from a lot of different people.

How is life on tour?

I love it. Life on tour is fun and fabulous! The only thing is we don’t always have enough time to do all personal stuff we like to.