Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal comes to the Greater Seattle area April 10-14
Julie Desmarais, the show’s publicist tells us, “It’s the first time we’re performing on ice! It required a lot of R&D to see how we could implement the elements of ice skating with acrobatics. Dealing with ice came with its own set of challenges—but we managed to turn them into opportunities. For example, for Jorge’s juggler act—we required the juggling balls to bounce on ice. We finally found that silicone balls do the job well! The slippery surface is an all-new thing but the show remains as entertaining as ever. It is a family-oriented show that people of all ages will enjoy thoroughly.”
We spoke to Jorge Petit, the juggler with Chrystal about his journey and what led him to where he is today.
Seattleite: Could you tell me a little about your growing up days and how you started to juggle?
Jorge: I am from Chile and started juggling in 2002 when I was 15. I got intrigued when I saw some friends doing it and wanted to try my hand at it. It was pure curiosity and I started off with the basic three ball cascade. I took me about a week to master this on my own—this was way before the days of Youtube and I had no one to teach me. When I teach someone today, it takes them about 15 minutes or so to learn it.
Seattleite: How did you learn from there on?
Jorge: From there on, the internet helped me. Although Youtube wasn’t around then, big jugglers did have their own websites where I picked up tips and tricks from. There is also a big juggling community in Chile. There was a forum where we could exchange information and that was really helpful…