Ross Gibson

INTERVIEW

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

Tumbling: 1997 – Ranked # 3 Junior in World, 1999 – Team Silver Medal Champs, 2002 – Finished second in the World Cup Final
Dancing: Backing dancer for Anastasia and for Will Young in the 2002 Royal Variety Show

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

I was an international tumbler for 6 years and a professional dancer in various UK productions.

  • Ross Gibson
  • United Kingdom
  • Tumbling/Dancing
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

March 2006.

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

After Cirque saw me in the World Championships I was invited to audition in 2000.

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

The audition was grueling. After that it took many years until I the right role came along.

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

It was very quick! I spent 2 weeks in Montreal, 2 weeks in Vegas and then I was performing in the show.

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

Cirque takes a sport and makes it into an act, something I could never do in competition.

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

Being a part of Cirque gives you a certain sense of pride and sort of makes you a celebrity in the art world.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

They give you many opportunities to expand, grow and create new talents.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Life in Vegas is very different from touring; it gives you a stable lifestyle.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Be prepared to work, push yourself and to never give up!