Miho Kono

INTERVIEW

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

1997, 1999 Fina Cup - silver medal
1998 World Championship - silver medal
1996 Olympics - bronze medal (Team Japan)

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

I was synchronized swimming for 13 years and a member of the Japanese National Team for 5 years.

  • Miho Kono
  • Japan
  • Synchronized Swimming
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

Summer 2000.

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

My coach knew a performer at Cirque du Soleil and advised me to send my resumé.

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

It was totally different from what I had been doing in synchronized swimming. It was a new experience that was both fun and enjoyable for me.

How did your integration go in the show?

Integration was difficult at first because of the different cultures and languages, but with time it got easier.

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

Because we are no longer in “competition mode" we get to explore different ways of expressing ourselves in the water.

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

I like that we get to create emotions and sensations in the audience.

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

 

That was easy because I was synchronized swimming before I joined “O".
Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

I believe Cirque du Soleil is the best of the best and allows us to make the most of our talent in doing our jobs.

How is life in Las Vegas?

It’s great. I find it motivating here because I can always see an event.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Join us!