I find one of the most significant rewards writing has given me is the opportunity to meet the most unexpected people. A great example is my recent chat with Cirque Du Soliel talent Kazuha Ikeda. Originally from Japan, Kazuha a professional dancer, plays the pivotal character of Klara the Telegraph of the Invisible Cabinet of Curiosities, currently touring in Australia. The show is set to marvel audiences under The Grand Chapiteau at Northshore Hamilton, January through to February 2020.
The Cirque De Soleil brand consists of world-class shows that exhibit athleticism and creativity by searching the world for the cream of the crop. Kazuha, originally from Tokyo, has appeared for multiple recording artists. Her credits include the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, a featured dancer in music videos for the Pussycat Dolls, Mariah Carey, and in a promotional video for Britney Spears' "Mannequin". Today she is touring with Cirque Du Soleil taking on the role of Klara – The Telegraph of the invisible in KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities
KURIOS follows The Seeker, a mad scientist of sorts. He believes there is an unseen world of endless possibilities where no dream is impossible and crazy ideas are merely first drafts. In this realm, he meets a collection of otherworldly creatures. Including, Klara (Kazuha Ikeda) the telegraph who receive alpha waves by turning on her heels and pointing her antenna-hoop skirt in various directions. Read on to discover a little more about Kazuha and her KURIOS journey.
A chat with Kazuha Ikeda - Klara the Telegraph of the Invisible
Kazuha Ikeda- Klara the Telegraph of the Invisible
Your make up looks amazing! Did you learn to apply it or do you have a make up artist for that? All the performer in Cirque Du Soleil are trained to apply makeup before they join the show. You cannot get on the stage if you cannot do the makeup. What part do you play in KURIOS? I play Klara she is one of the main characters in KURIOS. She represents the telecommunication of the 19th century. The hoops of her skirt act as an antenna. She is half woman and half machine. How did you join Cirque Du Soleil? Joining Cirque Du Soleil was one of my biggest dreams. So, auditioned so many times for so many years and I finally got in. That's fantastic. I imagine it's quite competitive with so many performers/athletes wanting a Cirque Du Soleil role.
Yes, performers want to get in from all over the world, so it is definitely competitive. But also, a really positive experience. Every time we audition, we come back with something we can work on to get better. The challenge really made me grow.
What is Circus life like? It is like living in a dream every day. We have shows 6 days a week, so we have to maintain the body, the mind, we have to be well to do the best we can every day. Other than that, imagine 120 people moving around the world together. We are one big family so we count on each other outside of work. We hang out and share the joy of travelling together.
Let's talk about KURIOS! Ok, Kurious is set in the 19th century during the industrial revolution. We are creating a modern circus while honouring the traditional circus. Kurious actually has a really positive fun message throughout the show. Individual acts are all amazing but the story and the connection between the acts are very positive and amazing.
The audience baseline expectation of the show is always going to be quite high because it's Cirque Du Soleil, right? So, what do you hope they take away from the story?
So, the biggest message KURIOS has is that curiosity is amazing. In the 19th century the human curiosity was used in very positive way to create things like electricity and telecommunications. Recently curiosity has been sometimes used in a negative way, or to battle or only to protect themselves. So, the takeaway is that by watching the show you can see really good ways to use our human curiosity.
I can not wait to see KURIOS, like most writers, I tend to live inside my head, playing in other worlds – This sounds right up my alley! Tickets ON SALE NOW purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or by calling 1800 036 685.