Vanessa Convery

INTERVIEW

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

I danced for the Pope in front of 40,000 people and for Kings and Queens all over the world.

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

I trained as a classical ballet dancer, graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and joined the National Ballet of Canada. I also trained in modern, jazz, and hip-hop and taught each of these disciplines around the world.

  • Vanessa Convery
  • Canada
  • Dance
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I joined in 2003 for the creation of ZUMANITY.

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

A friend brought me to the audition for ZUMANITY.

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

I had great time; they paired with a partner and asked us to improvise a sensual pas-de-deux. On Dec. 24, 2002 I received a phone call telling me that I got the job… I was overjoyed!

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

As I was part of the entire creation process, my integration was very natural.

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

ZUMANITY is fantastic because it’s based on our actual characters. My role was created based on my sensual and sexy personality, and then amplified to the nth degree.

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

I love expressing myself on stage and through my dance; I get to be a larger than life personality. Seeing the audience truly being touched and embracing their journey as they leave has inspired me throughout my career here.

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

It was a transition that one needs to adapt to – it’s never easy performing 474 shows per year. There is a lot of hard work and you definitely have to be dedicated to your craft, but the rewards are so sweet.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

The stability is nice and knowing when and where your next gig is also a good thing. It’s a great company with great benefits and post career opportunities. They really encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and to continually grow.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Life in Las Vegas is great! I love the weather and all that the city has to offer!

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Big KISS!