Sunday, June 19, 2011

Totem profiles - Fabio Luis-Santos

Fabio, age 24, comes from Itajai, in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. He was an energetic kid, and at age 9 his parents sought an outlet for him in a local gymnastics school. He was immediately hooked, and by age 10 was training there every day.
Throughout his teens, Fabio was sponsored by the local and state governments to compete in gymnastics.

At the age of 22, Fabio heard that Cirque du Soleil was auditioning gymnasts in Brazil. He traveled to the audition. 6 months later, he was offered a job with Totem. He is one of the “frogs”, the high bar acrobats who open the show in the act called Carapace. It was an original creation for Totem, so he spent months in Montreal developing this act with the other gymnasts.

The touring life has been great for Fabio. Before joining Cirque, he had never traveled outside of South / Central America, and now he’s seeing the world. At the beginning, he needed a Portuguese interpreter – now he speaks English comfortably. He loves the energy of being onstage, and the great structure that Cirque provides.

But he does miss his family and his hometown, and is looking forward to going home at Annual Leave time in October this year.

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