Nick Terstenjak

Rigging & Studio Technical Manager

In 2002 worked for Cirque du Soleil in the Big Top show Quidam as a technical show rigger where he was mentored by the experienced rigging staff. Acrobatic rigging was the principle focus for a show rigger. The skills attained in this role became more and more interesting as his experience developed: splicing rope for supporting aerialists, installing anchors and pulleys, rope and cable winch systems, all of which were used to support human loads. The safety and security of what riggers did for the show was of the highest importance. Nick has had the opportunity to travel and use his skills all over the world. From 2002-2008 he worked on a variety of Cirque du Soleil show. From 2008- 2010 he worked as Assistant Head Rigger for Cirque du Soleil in Tokyo, Japan on the permanent show Zed. Nick trained the Japanese rigging crew on Cirque du Soleil’s methodology and safety culture for working with all things aerial and suspended. During intermittent periods, he worked extensively as a contract rigging technician for various large-scale productions including arena and stadium rigging for Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd to name a couple. Nick’s interests drew him towards rope access. As a Supervisor of rope access work, he has worked in many different environments. In 2016, Nick made the big move to France and has been working with Centre de Creation and Anystage as technical co-ordinator on many projects. Nicks rigging and circus background give him the ideal understanding of the circus world and the safe technical delivery of circus shows.