Tumelo “Michael" Moloi

INTERVIEW

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

7th All Africa Games promotion 1999; Vita Dance Umbrella Awards 1997-2000; Toured in Europe 2001-2006 (France, Belgium, London, Germany & Sweden)

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

I was with Via Katlehong for more than 10 years choreographing, teaching and dancing with the company.

  • Tumelo “Michael" Moloi
  • Johannesburg
  • Gumboots, Pantsula and tap dancing
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I joined Cirque in December 2006. I was only in Montreal for one week before moving to Las Vegas.

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

I was performing in a festival in France where I was discovered by Cirque du Soleil, and that lead to an audition in South Africa.

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

I found the audition easy because I only had to do what I have been doing for many years. The training was difficult but exciting at the same time.

How did your integration go?

It was hard at first to work with a group of dancers who all had such different skills but my transition was made simpler by working with lovely and talented artists like Natasha Jean-Bart (Lady Madonna in LOVE).

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

Cirque gives their artists freedom to explore and expand in many different ways; the art and culture of the company is great for me.

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

I really like working with all the different people and learning what they do. Also, I like the security of having my first long-term contract and all the great benefits Cirque provides.

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

Interestingly, I’ve found that I have actually developed more as a performer than as a dancer. I’m happy to say that I get to do what I’ve been doing all my life, but now I get to do it the Cirque way.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

To be a part of Cirque du Soleil is not only fun on stage but also outside of work.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Life in Vegas can be crazy and a little confusing at times because there is so much going on in one small town, but that is also what makes it fun and exciting!

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Let’s keep the spirit of art burning with passion and love! Togetherness is magic, one love!