Petra has a keen eye to meticulous detail of biomechanics. That’s why she is also an amazing conditioning coach, which I feel is extremely important in efficient strength building for our Aerialists.
The Circus bug bit big one summer day in a beautiful park in Basel, Switzerland. Seven-year old Petra saw a children’s Circus show in a packed circus tent. She begged her parents to sign her up – and she immediately joined the troupe called Youth Circus Basilisk, a nonprofit circus company for school-age children and young people that travels through Switzerland during the summer school holidays.
Petra trained and toured with them for a total of 10 years. She took part in several duo or group acts like Fixed Trapeze, Flag Spinning, Spanish Web, Equilibristics, Acrobalance, Trampolining, Human Pyramids, Unicycle, Slackwire-and Tightrope Walking. Life on tour beyond performing was filled with abounding experiences as well, with the most notable ones being the many late-night swims in rivers and lakes (real scary!), the countless sleeping-bag races (serious!), making lots of money from additional street-performing, clothes swapping and even a special trip to Istanbul, Turkey, to perform and also meeting the mayor Bedrettin Dalan and selling him gummy-bears. The Circus became Petra’s School of Life!
At nineteen years old, Petra took her craft to a highly competitive Circus school by having been accepted into the reputable L’École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal, Canada. She trained with the unmatchable Victor Fomin, the Russian head coach of Aerial apparatuses.
It was during these formative years of training where she created an explosive and dangerous act called Cloudswing. Soon Petra was selected to represent Canada at the International Acrobatic Festival of Wuqiao, in China, where she won the Bronze Lion for her performance.
Petra had set the stage and was quickly recruited by the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. She soloed in their touring show Quidam where she performed for over 2.5 million spectators in a 14-city tour.
“What I enjoyed the most was traveling from city to city in my car across the country. And what a marvelous and vast country it is, quite different from tiny Switzerland!”
Petra currently works as a Hollywood stuntwoman and actress. On her days away from the set she enjoys sharing her circus insights with children and adults at Le Studio, a Circus and Theatre school located in Los Angeles. She also enjoys teaching young acrobats from Le PeTiT CiRqUe, Le Studio’s humanitarian all-kid Cirque Company.