Marissa King, acrobat

The 24-year-old tells us about her life as a performer with Cirque du Soleil Cwake up around 11am or, sometimes even I midday. It might sound late, but because of I our performances for Amaluna [Cirque du J. Soleil’s latest show], I do not get to bed until 2am – so I’m very much a night owl. I will have cereal for breakfast; usually Weetabix or Cornflakes, then I will make my way on site. We move from country to country for each run of the show, so the tent area is like home. We

After two high-energy shows a day, it takes a while to unwindhave a backstage kitchen facility, make-up and costume areas, plus training zones. I’m pretty much there all day!

Depending on the day, I might need to train, practise my act or just turn up half an hour before the show starts. Strength and conditioning work is tailored to the individual acrobat – some people are constantly training while others, such as the jugglers, do not do as much. My job is very physical. I’m part of the gymnastics-based Uneven Bars act, so I have to stay strong and work on my flexibility.


I’ve been a gymnast since I was eight and competed at an elite representing team GB at the Bwjing Olympics – until I was 17 years old, when I went to university on a full America and competed for University of Florida. Gymnastics and performing has always been something I have loved. As a sophomore in college in 2011, I unexpectedly auditioned for Cirque Du Soleil after I met a group of friends who were off to try out. I got to the last round and was added to their database and I kept in touch with the scouts and casting crew. After I graduated, I was lucky and a spot on Amaluna opened up for me.


Before I started the tour, I went to Montreal for six weeks to work on my performance. I had martial arts classes, vocal lessons and character-building and improvisation workshops. It was an insight into.


On average, I perform in 10 shows each week. Before a show, I usually something I’d never felt really comfortable doing before, but I knew I had to let myself go and get into character – they really do prepare you well! We have 49 artists on tour, not including the technicians, wardrobe and other backstage jobs. Amaluna is a mainly female cast and we are very tightly knit because we are travelling together and are around each other all day, every day.

I love what I do – I do not even consider it a job. Amaluna is such a strong, powerful show.

Amaluna opens at London’s Royal Albert Hall on January 16 until February 14, 2016 and will take the audience on a magical journey, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Tickets to see Amaluna are on sale now at or by calling 0845 401 5045 or 020 7589 8212.


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