Cirque gig hard to beat for Marcus Perrozzi

Marcus Perrozzi’s percussion skills have been rewarded with a Cirque du Soleil contract.
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Circus pictures: Andrew Ritchie d301039
Marcus Perrozzi’s percussion skills have been rewarded with a Cirque du Soleil contract. Main picture: Bruce Hunt d332927 Circus pictures: Andrew Ritchie d301039

JUST a month ago, Marcus Perrozzi’s 10-year dream of joining the world’s premier circus still seemed a long way off.

He was at the end of a successful trip to Tasmania with Woodvale Senior High School’s symphonic wind orchestra as its conductor, and students signed the 25-year-old’s travel journal with messages of good luck for one day performing with Cirque du Soleil.

“What I didn’t know then was that it was about to become a reality,” he told the Weekender earlier this week.

On his return to Perth and gearing up for a three-month tour of Australia and China with the renowned Tetrafide Per- cussion ensemble, Marcus’s world began to change when Cirque emailed him to seek his interest in a major percussion role in one of its shows, Dralion.

“Of course I said ‘yes’ and was then one of eight percussionists around the world to be put forward to the senior artistic director,” the WA Academy of Performing Arts music graduate and WA Symphony Orchestra casual said. “I was then shortlisted to become one of three candidates left standing.

“Last Thursday morning I was officially informed that I’d been awarded the position with Dralion to tour North America for the next two years, commencing in Montreal in August.”

Cirque seems the ideal fit for Marcus. He grew up dancing and performing in his parents’ Wangara-based Theatrix Performing Arts Studio, took up the drums in Year 8 and was enthralled as a 15-year-old at one of Cirque’s productions, Saltimbanco.

“The band for Saltimbanco was all on stage,” he said.

“I saw the percussionist play and thought that would be an awesome gig.”

Marcus left on Tuesday for the Tetrafide tour and will spend a few days in Perth in August before flying to Canada.

With his busy schedule the dream hasn’t had time to sink in.

“I’m still orbiting the moon,” he said.

“I haven’t come down and I suspect I won’t until I play my first show.

“Then I’ll fly into another universe and won’t come down…”