'Living My Best Life' Says 'Cirque Dreams' Performer Julian Olivares

by Steve Duffy

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday December 8, 2021

"Living my best life," writes performer Julian Olivares on an IG post that features a video of him spinning beneath a circular, rainbow neon light in a nightclub. He is presently touring in "Cirque Dreams Holidaze."

"Part Broadway musical, part family Christmas spectacular, 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' turns up the lights on the holiday season with a high-energy performance full of charm and sparkle," writes the Boston Globe in describing the production.

This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

The show has been around since 1993, its website writes, and has "entertained more than 50 million people worldwide—appearing in theaters, casinos, theme parks, at sea and on Broadway. Cirque Dreams has also garnered international critical acclaim from "USA Today", "The New York Times", "The Associated Press", "CNN," "Today Show", "Fox & Friends" and more.

In reviewing an earlier version of the show during its last Boston visit the Globe's Don Aucoin wrote: "You'd probably want to throw out the welcome mat for 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' at any time of year because of the dizzying level of circus artistry on display." Aucoin wrote. "Off the charts. The degree of difficulty for many of their feats? Sky-high. Their execution? Flawless."

This "Cirque Dreams" is described as the "Nutcracker" version, using the Tchaikovsky ballet as a narrative template around which the phenomenal Cirque cast performs. Olivares plays the Nutcracker Prince and, as he explains in the interview, he's in virtually every scene of the production. EDGE spoke to the multi-talented Olivares about being part of the show.

EDGE: How did joining Cirque Dreams come about for you?

Julian Olivares: I got the opportunity through a friend who is the show's director. He saw me perform and liked my skills and invited me to come audition. It's been great fun!

EDGE: Can you talk about your training and what is involved?

Julian Olivares: We have lots of rehearsals. We train then we train again with the music. I love it because there is a lot of Broadway style dancing. Combining that with the circus acts is amazing, but also a lot of hard work.

EDGE: Can you tell us about your role as the Nutcracker Prince in "Cirque Dreams?"

Julian Olivares: I'm very excited to be the Nutcracker Prince. I get to be a part of every scene. I get to share the adventure with Clara. There is so much magic that happens in every scene. The show is just amazing.

EDGE: How does your character's story reflect your own?

Julian Olivares: Like the Prince, I am very caring and I love to host people and show them a good time.

EDGE: What is your favorite part of the show?

Julian Olivares: I love the entire show. I really like the beginning before my character is revealed. Watching all the performers perform after all the rehearsals and the hard work that goes into making this show amazing. Also, I love the music and the audience and watching everyone get into the holiday spirt.

EDGE: How do you keep your body in top condition to cope with performing every day?

Julian Olivares: When I am at home, I go to the gym three times a week. There is a core routine of workouts that I follow. Right now, while on this tour, I rely on the nice hotel gyms. I usually work out after a show or rehearsals. Believe it or not, I don't eat very healthy. I love eating. Everybody here on the tour can't believe it when I eat pizza and chicken nuggets. I don't follow a diet. I've been training for so long that my body already knows what to do with the food.

EDGE: How do you relax on your days off?

Julian Olivares: For example, today, is a day off for us. I'm probably going to go to the mall and walk around, get a nice meal, and then take a nice long hot bath. I love spending time with my colleagues too.

EDGE: How will you be spending the holidays?

Julian Olivares: My birthday is on December the 24th, but I still haven't planned anything yet. The show will be in Ohio, so I need to figure something out. Usually for the holidays, I like to go to the spa, get my nails done and have a massage. That helps reset my body and spirit for the holidays. I usually do not perform on the holidays, because I like to stay home with family and friends. So, this year, I have created a new family and we will celebrate together.

EDGE: What should fans expect from the show?

Julian Olivares: It's a show for the entire whole family. I believe we are on the 13th season and it just keeps getting better. Fans can expect an incredible show with wonderful songs and amazing holiday scenes. The costumes and the acrobats will take your breath away.

"Cirque Dreams" will play the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. For more information, follow this link.