Lisa Skinner

INTERVIEW

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

Competed in 3 Olympics, 4 World Championships and once at the Commonwealth Games

Please tell us about your athletic background before joining Cirque.

I trained in gymnastics from the age of 6 to 23.

  • Lisa Skinner
  • Australia
  • Artistic Gymnastics - Power Track
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I began in April 2006.

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

I bumped into a member of Cirque’s Casting department while competing in Athens in 2004.

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

Unlike any other! It was a comprehensive and intense blend of acrobatics and artistry, fantasy and reality, and everything in between. You never knew what to expect each day!

How did your integration go in the show?

Quite fast yet quite smooth. One minute I was watching the show and the next I was in the show! As soon as I arrived everyone was so incredibly welcoming and extremely helpful.

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

You really get to show off what you do best. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to perform in front of an audience that is in awe of every little move you make!

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

I love waking up in the morning and really looking forward to going to work every day. In fact, it doesn’t even fell like work to me!

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

The transition was fine. I think it’s fantastic that Cirque provides the opportunity to turn the acrobatic and artistic skills that people have spent so much effort perfecting into a career.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

It’s an amazing experience you’ll never forget or regret.

How is life on tour?

Unreal!