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Million Dollar Creations Versus Projects of Passion–And the Importance of Knowing What Type of Circus Creation You Are About to Undertake

It was the day before the dress rehearsal of our show Limb(e)s in Montreal’s La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines venue. The performance was programmed as part of the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival, and this was also going to be our first time running the entire work in “show conditions.” We were simultaneously excited to premiere, and feeling the increasing pressure of having only the two of us as the entire production team. The last premiere we had experienced was with Cirque Du Soleil who had an incredible team making sure we had all our needs met, and problem-solving non-stop in the months leading up. We were managing our expectations of ourselves at the end of a tech rehearsal when the director of the theater came in to inform us that he would open the house to industry VIPs for tomorrow’s dress rehearsal… the pressure just quadrupled.

Over my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to have been a part of numerous creative projects. Among these, I participated as an artist in the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight, and as an artist and choreographer in Limb(e)s, Ci Co’s first contemporary aerial dance show. Each project had its own unique set of goals that influenced the creative project and informed the product before it began. I have found it incredibly important to measure a project’s success not based on personal preferences, but on whether the project has achieved what it set out to do. Knowing, of course, that as the work matures, these goals may mature reciprocally. Each new creation is a completely unique experience, yielding different results. That being said, for the sake of discussion let’s categorize the infinite...

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Jeremiah Hughes

Jeremiah Hughes is a director/choreographer, an actor, and an acrobatic dancer. During his career, he has had the honor of dance captaining multiple shows such as Cirque du Soleil’s ‘TORUK -The First Flight’ where he also played one of the lead characters from creation. Jeremiah is a highly dynamic mover with a diverse profile, who places great importance on storytelling in his craft. Currently, he is channeling his craft through the company he co-directs Ci Co.