Oleksandr Pylypenko

INTERVIEW

What was your biggest athletic achievement prior to joining Cirque du Soleil?

Reached Master of Sport Level

Please tell us about your athletic background previous to joining Cirque:

I began formal training in gymnastics at age 7 and continued training until I was 18.

  • Oleksandr Pylypenko
  • Ukraine
  • Artistic Gymnastics - High Bar
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I began as an artist in Alegría in 2001 then joined Mystère at the end of 2005.

What was your first contact with the organization? What was the context?

I heard about and went to a Cirque audition in Kiev. Following the audition I was invited to general formation but had to wait until I turned 18 to get my passport.

What kind of an experience was your audition and/or training and/or workshop?

It was a little stressful because being at general formation didn’t guarantee I was going to get a job and the training really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

How did your integration go in Montreal and in the show?

I was given the opportunity to slowly grow into my role in Alegría and I already knew a lot of the artists there from general formation, so it went well. When I joined Mystère I didn’t know as many people but my integration was far easier.

How does being part of a Cirque du Soleilshow allow you to express yourself in your discipline?

By combining my gymnastic skills with the artistic direction of Cirque du Soleil I get to show the audience something amazing every night.

What do you like the most about being part of Cirque du Soleil?

The energy you get back from the audience is amazing. You do your performance and people get a great feeling out of it, but the energy they give back is that much more.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

You are given the chance to express yourself on stage every night where you get to share something amazing with the audience. And you actually get paid to have fun.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Life in Las Vegas is good, your schedule allows time to take classes at the local university or just enjoy what the city has to offer.