Lévesque: only 25 years-old and
almost 10 years of circus life already!
Saint-Hilaire where she was born, Marie-Josée Lévesque was bored
stiff. Between her divorced parents and much younger siblings,
the little girl learned at a very young age how to occupy her
thoughts and her time. "My greatest childhood joys came from
many Quebec trampoline championships under her belt, she joined
the Cirque du Soleil great big family in 1988. Then, just a year
ago, she joined the ranks of Cirque Éloize, a company of 17 artists
created at Îles-de-la-Madeleine in 1993.
has created for them a highly original trapeze number, using a very
peculiar tool. A cross between a traditional trapeze and a Washington
trapeze (whose octogonal support bar allows acrobats to do figures
while standing on their heads), Marie-Josée's own trapeze is built
in such a way that the young virtuoso can balance herself on the
head, but also stand on the bar, hang upside down, execute balancing
acts or even wrap herself around the ropes. Fear? A foreign concept
was brought up in an environment filled with risks. When I was working
on the trampoline, I used to go very high up in the air and when
I came down, I often hit the ground instead...yet still standing
on my own two feet. I developed the reflexes of a cat."