Cirque du Soleil
The world famous circus is in town, and we bring you the stories from its people.
March 23, 2009 8:07 by Aarti Nagraj
Cirque employs more than 4,000 people, out of which almost 1,000 are performers. How hard is it to manage so many people?
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy, I wouldn’t say it’s difficult,” says Robert Mackenzie, Cirque’s tour manager. “It’s something that has evolved over the years, and we are well structured to manage this number of people.”
Another challenge the company faces is finding talent. “It’s not a lifelong career for people as you can imagine,” says Mackenzie, adding that they have 10-20 percent turnover every year. Since around 50 percent of the performers come from a gymnastics background, Cirque enters relations with athletic federations, schools and major sporting events around the world to hire talent.
Denys Tolstov, a hand balancer from Ukraine, was hired by the company during one of his performances. “For me it was like a dream to join,” he says.