Last month Laura and I were lucky enough to be invited to Grand West arena to take a sneak peek into the goings-on behind the scenes at a Cirque du Soleil’s training session, held in conjunction with Zip Zap Circus.
The Cirque du Soleil crew were in town showcasing their spectacular Drailon show.
The show combines elements of traditional Chinese circus with Western contemporary circus, complementing the “East-meets-West” theme of performance.
At the start of the day we were ushered into a small room for a brief introduction, where Zip Zip’s head honcho Brent van Rensburg gave us several nuggets of insight into Zip Zap’s various initiatives and how, in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil, they do superb work in under privileged communities.
After a representative from T Systems presented a check for R40 000 as a donation to Zip Zap Circus, we were then given a guided tour through a workshop where we were privy to the young Zip Zap crew training with the veterans from Cirque du Soleil. Amongst those veterans was Vladik Myagkostupov, the 5th best juggler in the world, and our tour guide who was the water element in the show and told me that once the company had the unenviable task of performing 3 shows in the space of 41 hours. Ouch.
The rigorous tasks that these performers put their bodies through is mind-blowing, but even more so is the continued work that they’ve done here in SA.
For more photos of the day check out Laura McCullagh’s entire gallery.