Magazine article Sunset

Circus Girl: In Hollywood, Olga Pikhienko Tells What It's Really like to Perform in Cirque Du Soleil

Magazine article Sunset

Circus Girl: In Hollywood, Olga Pikhienko Tells What It's Really like to Perform in Cirque Du Soleil

Article excerpt

YOU JUST FINISHED A CIRQUE OU SOLEIL IRIS-MATINEE EXHAUSTED?

Today, yes. One of those days.:

WHO ARE YOU IN THE SHOW? I'm one of the main characters, Scarlett. I want to be a movie star. Buster falls in love with me, but I don't notice him. But in the last act, I fall in love with him. I express my love by doing my balancing act on canes.

HOW'D YOU START AS AN ACROBAT?

I was born in Volgograd, Russia. My father was a circus performer. I would say, I want to perform too, teach me. When I was 9, he was like, Okay.

WHAT WAS YOUR CIRQUE AUDITION

LIKE? I showed them everything: hula hoops, hand balancing, gymnastics, dancing. In a month they called, asked me to join the show. I ran to my room and started packing.

HOW MUCH DO YOU TRAIN? Now,

three hours three times a week. But when we were developing the show, I started early in the morning an'3 stayed until 10 p. …

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