FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A new show is coming to South Florida promising to fulfill your holiday dreams while fulfilling the dreams of those in it.
Santiago Rojo, a costume designer for Cirque Dreams’ Holidaze, has been fulfilling the dreams of those attending the show but has also had his dream of costume design come true.
“Every day I walk in here it is a dream. I am just proud to be a part of it. I am so proud,” said Rojo.
Rojo’s work is essential to the show. Each costume, custom-made for the actor and their talent, helps bring the Holidaze show to life. They range from tight lycra body suits for acrobats to a life-size penguin. There are about 300 costumes in the show.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Rojo came to the U.S. as an actor/model but quickly found his passion for costume design which has taken center stage in Cirque Dreams Holidaze.
“When I was into acting and dancing I noticed the costumes were old and not well made. So I kind of got into developing them, creating them and remodeling them. That is how I got my passion into sewing,” said Rojo.
After 15 years with Cirque Dreams Studio, head-quartered in Pompano Beach, Rojo still considers himself to be living the dream.
“You get so much joy because you are always developing different ideas, you are always doing different things,” said Rojo.
The show which boasts 30 multi-talented artists has its characters performing amazing feats like gingerbread men which flip through the air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires and snowmen which perform a daring balancing act.
“The costumes were all inspired by each one of these ornaments which is the thread of the show,” said Neil Goldberg, the creator of Cirque Dreams.
For those who want to see these costumes in action, the show runs from Dec. 27 to Jan 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets start at $29.25.