July 17, 2024


World Trip Is Really Fun

What It is Wish to Be a Cirque Du Soleil Performer and Journey the World

  • Estefani Evans is a fifth-generation circus performer starring in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría.
  • She started trapeze at 10 years previous. Her husband works alongside her, and their youngsters journey with them.
  • “I used to be 4 years previous the primary time I stepped on stage,” she says. “It is positively a wonderful life.”

This as-told-to essay is predicated on a dialog with Estefani Evans, a fifth-generation circus performer presently starring in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría. It has been edited for size and readability.

I am a fifth-generation circus performer, and I used to be 4 years previous the primary time I stepped on stage. I grew up in Brazil, and my dad used to have a circus there. My brothers made me a fancy dress and threw me on stage as a part of a clown act. 

That is the place all of it started — I at all times knew the circus can be my life.

As just a little lady, I liked being on stage and exhibiting off

I assumed I’d be a contortionist, however I wasn’t versatile sufficient. After I was 10 years previous, I attempted the trapeze for the primary time, and I felt like I used to be flying. I needed to do it repeatedly. 

Estefani Evans performing

Estefani Evans performing.

Matt Beard (picture), Dominique Lemieux (costume)

At age 14, I bought my first paying trapeze-artist gig. My mother left her job as a circus trainer to accompany me on tour. 

After I was 17, I had my first alternative to depart Brazil. I went to Portugal to carry out — that is after I left my mother and began my profession alone. Then, at age 20, I used to be invited by Cirque du Soleil to hitch the Flying Trapeze troupe of Zaia in Macau, China.

Life on the street is all I’ve ever identified

In Brazil with my dad’s circus, generally we would keep in a metropolis for one or two weeks and generally for a 12 months. We lived in RVs that had been arrange near the Massive Prime. It was very unstable, as a result of we had been at all times shifting. 

Estefani Evans performing

Estefani Evans performing.

Matt Beard (picture), Dominique Lemieux (costume)

In each metropolis, I would have to vary faculties and make new associates. It was onerous, as a result of some faculties had been extra superior whereas others had been lagging behind.

Working for Cirque du Soleil, I’ve much more consistency. It’s extremely structured. We keep in cities longer — wherever from 5 weeks to 3 months — and dwell comfortably in inns or housing. 

It is a nomadic life, however it’s positively a wonderful life. Cirque is probably the most lovely circus life you may have.

I see my husband 24/7

I met my husband, Ammed Tuniziani — a third-generation performer who comes from a conventional circus household in Venezuela — whereas working with Cirque du Soleil. He is additionally a trapeze flyer.

It is crucial and exquisite that we work in the identical business and get to journey collectively. We’re presently engaged on the present Alegría, and he is our trapeze coach. 

Estefani Evans

Estefani Evans with solid members.

Estefani Evans

In terms of trapeze, it is all concerning the belief you’ve got along with your catcher and your coworkers, as a result of we depend on one another for the timing of each trick. My husband is at all times there, taking good care of me and the group. There isn’t any one on this earth I belief greater than him. I am blessed that we work collectively.

Once we’re not having a superb day, being collectively a lot is hard. However we do not deliver our issues to the stage; no one is ever going to see them. 

Our children attend a web based faculty that is just for circus youngsters

Our two youngsters are at all times close by and already following in our footsteps. Our son, who’s now 10, began on the trapeze when he was 5. He says he needs to “be like daddy on trapeze.” Plus, our 8-year-old daughter loves contortion. 

Circus life runs of their blood, however we additionally encourage them to be good at school, so that they have choices in life the identical manner we did. 

They do not have to clarify their life each time we go to a brand new metropolis, as a result of all of their classmates are doing the identical factor. It’s extremely constant for them regardless of the place we’re; they’ve their uniforms and their on-line associates they see on daily basis. 

Estefani Evans performing

Estefani Evans performing.

Matt Beard (picture), Dominique Lemieux (costume)

Our youngsters get to expertise a lot greater than most youngsters

The youngsters can come into the circus any time they wish to play with different youngsters within the Cirque household — there are locations to play, and though the children do not all communicate the identical language, they handle to speak. I do not understand how they do it. 

We have now Mondays and Tuesdays off each week, and the children get Mondays off from faculty. They go to high school on Saturdays as an alternative.

That is once we get to discover town we’re in. We like to go to eating places, museums, and parks. We attempt to do and see as a lot as we are able to, as a result of we by no means know once we’ll be in, say, Tokyo once more. We have now a chance to study new languages, and it is so lovely proper now, as a result of our children are at an age the place they’re going to keep in mind all of this.

Meals will be the largest problem when touring with youngsters

I prefer to cook dinner, although Cirque gives meals on present days. On our days off, we prefer to go eat at eating places to get to know the tradition of town we’re performing in. 

Estefani Evans performing

Estefani Evans performing.

Matt Beard (picture), Dominique Lemieux (costume)

Cirque has a wonderful kitchen within the tents, so we are able to eat our meals there if we wish to. They’ve 4 cooks who journey with us, and so they rent 10 folks regionally to assist the kitchen operations.

We have now the chance to eat so many various meals since they serve meals from many various nations, as a result of we’re a multicultural firm. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and every little thing is complimentary — it is one of many advantages that comes with being on tour with Cirque du Soleil. 

It may be onerous being away from my prolonged household

The toughest a part of this life-style is being other than my mother and sister, who dwell in Las Vegas. I can spend a 12 months and half in Asia and never get to see them typically. COVID-19 has made every little thing actually onerous for visas, so it is not like my mother can simply come see me. 

Estefani Evans performing

Estefani Evans performing.

Matt Beard (picture), Dominique Lemieux (costume)

However I additionally get to journey with my household, so I am very blessed with my life and my job. And Cirque is like our greater household, a group. You journey collectively and you’re employed collectively. Even after hours, we regularly find yourself going out collectively as a bunch. 

And my mother-in-law comes on tour with us to take care of the children whereas we’re at work. She discovered love on the present, truly, with one of many technicians. It is tremendous cute that they discovered one another at their age, and she or he will get to have her life too when not taking good care of her grandchildren.

Two of my husband’s brothers are additionally a part of the flying trapeze act, so my youngsters have uncles and cousins on tour. It makes it very snug and regular for them.