It was an email from casting team of Cirque du Soleil.
"We are always looking for new things to try and to bring in our shows. We have a one more performance act left to cast for our new touring show “Kurios. Therefore, I would like to inquire about your availability".
It was suddenly offer. Besides, it was only 20 days before the show starts on.
To be honest, I was not sure I should go or not.
It was the timing my new work "talk" began to take off and I thought "If I leave Japan now, that means throwing away the bonus period requests for talk are increasing due to the effect of TED".
After a deep consideration, I decided to go to Montreal.
The biggest reason is the worry, my growth as a performer had been slower.
I was pleased that I could finally create the performance with the confidence "Yo-Yo Samurai". On the pther hand, I felt that I had spent all my experiences and ideas for that act and didn't have any ideas or resources any more to create new act.
"According to what I heard, Cirque du Soleil has a choreographer who will help us to create act. It must be great opportunity for me to find another side of myself as a performer with their help."
That was the thought behind my decision.
I flew to the headquarters of Cirque in Montreal. And rezlized my thoughts was wrong.
Most artists had been in the creation since half a year ago. The choreographers were there as well, however, they had already left because it was only 10 days until the show begins.
I was needed to create the act by myself. And the character I needed to be was optimistic charactor from British culture, totally different from "Samurai".
It was my honor to be evaluated my creation skill, however, the pressure "I have to finish creating my performance not ashamed under the name Cirque du Soleil in one week" was too big.
And that pressure seems to have had an impact on my body too.
Six days after my arrival in Canada, on April 20, 2014, I suddenly fell unconscious in the artistic tent.