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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 16 APRIL 4, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE Gay trapeze artist flies with Cirque du Soleil ALEGRIA, continued from Page 15 spectacle, the circus's public relations firm here in Houston arranged an interview for me with Gaston Elie, an openly gay trapeze artist with this elite circus. Reggie Lyons, the company's traveling publicist of four-and-a-half years, escorted me through the ultra-modern circus camp to the multi-national kitchen for the meeting. Elie, a third generation trapezist from Argentina, arrived in great spirits, and I soon learned about his career and the art of trapeze. Beginning at the age of 8, Elie performed with several circuses worldwide before realizing his'dream: to perform with Cirque,du Soleil. At the age of 29 and now in the prime of his performing life, Elie displayed the congenial professionalism of an artist at ft MORE INFO 'Alegria' Through April 13 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5 and 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $31.65 Cirque du Soleil 1001 Convention Center Blvd. 800-678-5440 www.cirquedusoleil.com ease with himself and with success. I asked him what physically and mentally was important to be one of the best on the trapeze, and fortunately, he replied in one of the four languages he speaks that I can understand. "Your wrists and stomach muscles must be especially strong," Elie explained. "We perform 10 shows a week and two rehearsals, so you have to have that strength. Mentally you are two people: First, you're thinking about executing the trick well with your partner, and second, you must perform for the audience. If a mistake is made, sometimes that is the harder of the two." Regarding his performance that night, I asked Elie which part was the most difficult. "First, our act in 'Alegria' is intentionally choreographed to get the audience to swing with us," he said. "We want to see members in the audience rock back and forth in their chairs. The most difficult part is the finale, because we are tired to begin with and it has several difficult moves to create excitement." Since Elie's performance occurred at the beginning of the production, I asked him if he is involved any more with the two-hour production. "Oh, yes. All of the artists play several roles and duties after their moment in the spotlight," Elie said. "I assist with the placing of hoops and helping out with other acts as well." Finally, since it was close to midnight by now, I asked Elie about his career and his family "I was performing with my family in Argentina when I saw a Cirque du Soleil performance in Montreal in 1992," he recalled. "The new techniques I saw inspired me to work towards joining this circus. It was very hard and expensive. I had to move to Montreal to study with the Gaston Elie, a gay trapeze artist who performs in 'Alegria,' said that working with Cirque du Soleil has been a lifetime dream. best trapeze coach in the world, in my opinion. My parents are very, very proud of me and have supported me all the way "And, by the way, American audiences are the best," Elie said. "Please encourage your readers to come to Alegria,' Cirque du Soleil." You heard the artist. Do everything possible to see this marvelous production. -J r Wli^Remier Cor Care Center tf.,o_#* u**^l rtt.tXJStWhttBuas teriarbe- Preserving Our Environment B) rcelaiMng M nxyding our %nath mma through our st»_-o«-the art water rerycling iyuan ««>* mm t» me agnmcmmy Hm water than you'd ise to wadi your car at hone SetydedtMter n caref f your car's exterior <*ny after 'n*. JS* Great Car Wash, £2_* Great Service, *i3?" for Great Price. 8efor . any wastewater is discharged me remove oil. diet, and dtmigcnti, And. we never reteaw. wattewatoirtoaann drams, xurfacxwairn. or o^ flfwgrorund- Were your neighbors, and thti it our htmmtoot We've doing our part to keep our ennroranent dean for generations to ■ _S3 6s3 2 fltodo South SpK s Uquw Utcaehouse 715 5*3 5SB3 Gmtrcffta*i^i_^_.flltMBfld SS! S94 1 __* CnmrtfUlAiiflMnaHl httWi MH 5S7-«_!__
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