TORONTO WOMAN BECOMES FIRST BLACK FEMALE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

A Toronto-born woman says she is honoured to be the first black female to hold the position of assistant artistic director of Cirque du Soleil, shaping the creative direction of the global theatrical production.

A Toronto-born woman says she is honoured to be the first black female to hold the position of assistant artistic director of Cirque du Soleil, shaping the creative direction of the global theatrical production.

Kafi Pierre assumed the role last year and says she feels blessed to be a part of the company.

“The fact that the company is moving forward and they understand that having our voices behind the table is incredibly important, and the fact that I am part of opening the door, is golden to me,” she said.

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Pierre’s storied career spans nearly two decades and starts in her hometown of Toronto.

At the age of nine, she was accepted at the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. When she was 15 year old, she convinced her parents to send her to New York to dance with the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – a move that would make the city her permanent home.

“It was intense,” she said. “I was taking five dance classes a day. I was taking ballet, jazz, flamenco and African dance. It was an explosion of joy and growth and it really shaped what I thought about myself as a dancer.”

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