Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cirque du Soleil in the Springs — Part Four

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

We've got a look backstage at Cirque du Soleil's Alegría for you in today's Indy.

And this is the final installment of a blog series aimed at sharing some extra photos as well as the audio from my interviews with the show's cast and crew. Catch the first three segments at our blog: a look at the technical, costume and directing angles of staging the performance.

Today we hear from high bar acrobat Slava Petrakov, who essentially chose to join Cirque over continuing his training to represent Belarus at the Olympics. Petrakov talks about the art of timing, his schedule for training and what every audience member thinks about: falling.

Slava Petrakov, 21, says that people dont become professionals without falling.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Slava Petrakov, 21, says that people don't become professionals without falling.

Listen to my unedited, 12-minute chat with him here:

One of Slava Petrakovs teammates trains for the high bar routine back stage on practice equipment. That bit of sunlight breaking into the arena above is a bit of a teaser, as the whole Cirque crews spends a great amount of time indoors.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • One of Slava Petrakov's teammates trains for the high bar routine back stage on practice equipment. That bit of sunlight breaking into the arena above is a bit of a teaser, as the whole Cirque crews spends a great amount of time indoors.


And one final look at those creepy cool masks created by Cirque employees in Montreal.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • And one final look at those creepy cool masks created by Cirque employees in Montreal.

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