Barri Griffiths. Photo: Russ Quackenbush

Cirque du Soleil Stars: They’re Just Like Us!

We see them on billboards, commercials and cabs. We watch them onstage, showcasing talents honed since birth and showing off parts of their bodies that we’d keep covered in the shower if we could.

Despite all this, what do we really know about Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil stars? What is beneath the elaborate costumes, that artful makeup and those incredible wigs? How do you know your neighbor isn’t secretly a Cirque performer who spends his nights contorting himself into impossible positions?

To get the answers to these questions, we did the only thing we could do. We asked.

We found three stars, all born outside of the United States, who now make Southern Nevada their home: a ballerina from O, an archer from and an aerial performer from Zumanity.

The trio is being featured in a new locals-focused “Get to Know Your Neighbors” campaign that shows them undertaking everyday tasks—picking up dry cleaning, ordering coffee, etc.—in full Cirque regalia.

The inquiring minds at Vegas Seven wanted to know what their lives were like before Cirque, how they wind down after the curtain drops and if they cry at the end of Armageddon, when Bruce Willis pushes Ben Affleck back on the space shuttle and says he’d be damn proud to have him as his son. Yeah, stuff like that.

So in the tradition of our favorite tabloids and documentary interviews, here’s our version of “Cirque du Soleil Stars: They’re Just Like Us!”

Russ Quackenbush

Russ Quackenbush

Photography Russ Quackenbush
Creative Direction: Nathalie Brown, Y&R
Retouching: Origo Lab