Pacey Performance Podcast
Pacey Performance Podcast #231 - Bryan Burnstein (Head of Performance Science at Cirque du Soleil)
Mar 14, 2019 · 56 min
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In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Performance Science at Cirque du Soleil, Bryan Burnstein. I am stepping firmly outside my comfort zone again and into the world of performing arts. After speaking to Matt Springham in episode 222 who is the technical lead at the Royal Ballet, I wanted to dive more into this world and see what lessons can be learnt and translated to other sports. As you will hear from Bryan, the workload on these performers is incredible and the challenges faced as a performance coach is such an environment is absolutely fascinating. I hope you enjoy this episode with Bryan Burnstein.

  • Who is Bryan Burnstein (education, background, current role)
  • Demands on the performers you work with
    • Schedule
    • Physical demands
    • Psychological demands
    • Injuries
  • What training looks like?
    • Sessions
      • Examples
    • General vs specific movements
    • Movement assessments
  • Physical, psychological and emotional management of performers
    • Technology

Bryan can be found on Twitter @bburnstein

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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