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KÀ Fight Scene Wrestling in VR180 | IMMERCIRQUE Episode 4 | Cirque du Soleil’s Barri Griffiths

September 2, 2019


Welcome to ImmerCirque, a Cirque du Soleil VR180 series. To fully immerse yourself in my world,
go grab your VR headsets. Now, follow me. My name is Barri Griffiths, and I’m from Wales, in the U.K. So, my childhood was
quite interesting. I had a great childhood. I grew up in the countryside
in a small, little town. There are probably only
200 people that lived in my town. So, I don’t know if many people know, but I
was a professional wrestler with the WWE. I was there from
2010 until mid-2014, so I was there for 4 years, and my wrestling
name was Mason Ryan. My transition from wrestling
toCirque du Soleilwas by pure chance
to be honest with you. There was a lot
of luck involved. I’d finished my
contract with the WWE, but I still kept in good contact
with a lot of people then. They phoned me up one day and
I had a voice mail saying: “Hey, can you give us a call back? We’ve
got this job opportunity for you.” I said: “Okay.” So, I called them
back and they said… You know, obviously they told
me they had a job opportunity, and I just assumed it was
gonna be wrestling related. But when they told me thatCirque du Soleilwere
looking for a wrestler to fill a role that they had and they
thought that I would be perfect for it, it kind of blew me away, because I always thought that anything
Cirque related was acrobatic. And acrobatic…
I’m a lot of things, but acrobatic is not
high on my skill level. But slowly, but surely,
I’ve grown into this role, I’ve grown into working
forCirque du Soleil. From day one, I’ve loved it. It’s been an absolutely
amazing experience. One of the most surprising
things for working for Cirque when I came over here was, obviously, I knew that
artists wore makeup, but I just assumed,
like most people would, that they had makeup
artists doing it for you. So interestingly, the very
first thing I learned when I went to Montreal,
before I came to Las Vegas, was how to do my makeup. This is the first
thing I learned, because we have 80 artists on this show
and they can’t do everyone’s makeup, so I was blown away. I’m amazed that I would
be doing my own makeup, because I wasn’t very good
at it to start off with. Before the show, obviously,
preparation is important. This is a very intense
job at times, so it’s important to be
warmed up and ready to go. So, my first act of the day
is actually more vocal, so I’ll do a little
bit of vocal warmup, just so that my voice
doesn’t get too raspy, because at times you can get that
way because of my deep voice. And then before every act, depending on what I’m doing in the act,
I’ll do various warmups. So a lot of it involves lifting,
so I do a lot of shoulder warmups, some press-ups, maybe
some body weight squats, just to get the blood flowing and make sure that my limbs
are ready for action. When I’m on stage, for me I just really
want the audience to feel what we’re doing. I want them to be in the moment, I want them to forget that they’re
watching a show on stage. I want them to be
looking at a real fight with real action that incorporates
a story that we’ve seen so far. I want them to get lost
in what they’re watching. That’s my goal every
time I step on stage and I try and treat it like
it’s the first time every time. For someone inspiring to
be a Cirque performer, my advice would be more than anything,
it’s quite simple, it’s to work hard and never ever ever
give up on your goal. If you have a dream of
being a Cirque performer don’t let anyone tell you that
you can’t because you can, you absolutely can and never
ever give up on that dream and give it everything
that you have.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Cirque du Soleil June 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Hey guys, got a VR headset? Go grab one! If not, you can experience Barri's world by moving around with your phone or playing with your cursor on your computer! Hope you enjoy. Let us know in the comments below!

  • Reply jonathan cu June 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Its a big guy jajajaj amazing!!!

  • Reply raul Valenzuela June 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Yo sí tengo el sueño de trabajar en el cirque du Soleil

  • Reply Libby Withnall June 26, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Will watch later with a VR headset but had to say how much I enjoyed this. I saw the show last December and am seeing again this year when I return to LV as I was totally blown away by how amazing it and all the performers were.

  • Reply Shadhin Magnito June 27, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Yo mason Ryan from Nexus!

  • Reply Axeliem Aaron June 30, 2019 at 2:25 am

    I knew he looked like batista..

  • Reply Arunabha Das June 30, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I know this guy, masson
    He used to be a good one

  • Reply ?????? July 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    360

  • Reply SageFloatVito July 5, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Why would you dislike this video Barri is awesome! This vid came out great!

  • Reply EnzoTheBaker July 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Cirque Du Soleil, great job on these videos. Very sharp looking, excellent production quality/visuals. I think 180VR looks vastly better than 360 due to higher detail (3D pops out even more too and really looks lifelike) and you can still compose within the frame, and focus our gaze like a traditional video. So it's kind of the best of both worlds.

    Ignore the high amount of Dislikes for these VR videos. My guess is that it's a bunch of people viewing it on a small phone. These videos are breathtaking in VR headsets (they're among the first ones I recommend to first time VR viewers), and are meant for VR, and yet the people hitting the Dislikes are watching it on a tiny phone with zero 3D. I see this on other Youtube channels as well that are experimenting with VR180 (lots of complainers without VR headsets). They have thousands of 2D videos to watch already, yet complain about a small handful of VR180, which I think could be the future of immersive entertainment. Don't listen to them — keep up the excellent work on these VR180 videos!

  • Reply Paul Santos August 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I miss Mason Ryan in the WWE…Sadly he was booked poorly as a cheap Batista clone…But if only NXT led by Triple HHH existed back then, things would've been different…

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