Noriko Takahashi


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

I performed 15 times at the Baton Twirling World Championships where I won 6 gold medals in the Individual Senior Women’s division and 1 gold medal in the Senior Pairs division.

Please tell us about your background previous to joining Cirque:

I began baton twirling in 1976 and performed for the first time in an international competition in 1982.

  • Noriko Takahashi
  • Japan
  • Baton Twirling
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I started in Montreal in February 2004.

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


My first encounter with Cirque du Soleil was when I went to see their first show to tour Japan called “Fascination".
What kind of an experience was your audition and/or training and/or workshop?

I started my role in KÀ as the show was being created and did not end up having to go through any auditions or workshops. I was truly happy to be a part of the creation of a new show under the guidance of its wonderful creator.

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

Everyone involved was so amiable; it made it easy right from the beginning.

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

I feel I am able to open up more than before.

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

I get to meet many wonderful people and have a chance to share my passion with others.

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

Because I love learning new things, I didn’t find it difficult at all. What’s more, the training I received taught me to believe that nothing is ever too difficult to handle.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

I feel Cirque has helped me improve myself and fulfill my potential. Also, I have found encouragement in the friendships I have forged here.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is one of America’s most amazing cities. There are impressive natural wonders nearby, and there are so many ways to have a good time!