April 16, 2024
Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo. Courtesy photograph

It is perhaps thought-about “uncommon” to be a touring entertainer, however for the mothers at Cirque du Soleil who’ve raised their youngsters whereas working — the job has grow to be part of their household.

Alison Crawford, creative director for Corteo, stated she gave beginning to her baby whereas she was on tour 24 years in the past. 

“My baby was born on tour,” Crawford stated. “It was fantastic to have him with us. The excursions are one huge household and he was welcomed with open arms.”

Julie Dionne, an acrobat and coach for Cirque du Soleil, echoed Crawford’s sentiments. Describing her colleagues as members of her household, she has been with the corporate since 1998. Particularly, Corteo completely tells the story of household. Dionne stated her youngsters journey along with her on tour each time doable. 

Svetlana Tsarkova and her daughter. Courtesy photograph

“My children are very happy with who their mother is,” Dionne stated. “They get pleasure from very a lot the sensation of belonging to the present, Cirque du Soleil. They’re well-traveled and open to find new cultures, new worlds and settle for variations.”  

Svetlana Tsarkova, a juggler for Cirque du Soleil for 5 years, has one daughter. She stated it’s by no means been straightforward to be a mom whereas on tour however any working mom will discover comparable challenges.

“Any form of working life is rarely straightforward,” Tsarkova stated.” You’re all the time looking for the stability between being mother and alternative to be knowledgeable. On the identical time, you will get a number of alternatives to share the entire world together with your baby.”

Aliaksandra Revutskaya, an artist on the present, stated she communicates along with her son on why her profession is vital. The communication has created a son who may be very supportive of ladies within the workforce. 

“I counsel [other working moms] to speak and clarify to their youngsters about why [their careers] are vital,” Revutskaya.

It’s becoming that these three Cirque du Soleil mothers would come collectively to supply Corteo for San Diego audiences because the manufacturing tells the story of life and humanity.

Corteo, which suggests cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession imagined by a clown. The present highlights the energy and fragility of the clown, in addition to his knowledge and kindness, for instance the portion of humanity that’s inside every of us. 

“Corteo is a celebration of life,” Dionne stated. “It brings you thru a mess of feelings. Despite the fact that it’s grandiose, it nonetheless seems like residence — like household.” 

Corteo will happen at Pechanga San Diego from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 10. For extra data or to buy tickets, go to cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.


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