Pedro and Tatiana Carrillo
By Dominique Jando
Born in Cali, Colombia and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Pedro Carrillo, Jr. is the son of the legendary high-wire artist Pedro Carrillo. When he was eighteen, Pedro, Jr. began his professional circus career as a catcherIn an acrobatic or a flying act, the person whose role is to catch acrobats that have been propelled in the air. for the Flying Españas. Two years later, he joined his father’s high-wire act. He continued his training, gradually acquiring his father’s outstanding skills as a wirewalker.
Tatiana Scetkovska was born in Dagupils, Latvia. She began training in circus acrobatics when she was thirteen, eventually becoming a hugely skilled hand-balancer, contortionist, and aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc.. She and Pedro met while performing in Berlin. They decided to stay together, and Tatiana began training on the high wireA tight, heavy metallic cable placed high above the ground, on which wire walkers do crossings and various acrobatic exercises. Not to be confused with a tight wire.. At the same time, she and Pedro worked on a trapeze act, taking advantage of both Pedro’s experience as a catcherIn an acrobatic or a flying act, the person whose role is to catch acrobats that have been propelled in the air. and Tatiana’s experience as an aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc..
In 1995, Pedro and Tatiana married. They left Pedro, Sr.'s act and went on their own with their trapeze act and a new high-wire act. They have performed all over the world, including a two-year engagement with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, a season with Circo Mundial in Spain, and another with the Big Apple Circus in New York and other U.S. cities. Not long after their tour with the Big Apple Circus, in 2004, they separated, and their aerial act ceased to exist.