The Skating Willers: their history in pictures

Jean Pierre Poissonnet, one half of the breathtaking roller-skating act, shares some exclusive photos

The Skating Willers – aka Jean Pierre Poissonnet and Wanda Azzario – are an extraordinary high-speed, gravity-defying roller-skating act who have showcased their talent around the globe. The new season of La Soirée at the Roundhouse marks their thirtieth year performing together – and their last. In this exclusive gallery, Jean Pierre leads us through a life born into circus royalty, a professional partnership that has outlasted divorce and an elephant or two… Words: Ben Walters

The great-grandchild of a circus legend Picked up from school on an elephant Working in a children's circus... ... with Fresian horses Meeting Princess Margaret Romantic and performing partners From Madison Square Gardens to China Performing in 30-degree heat A right royal ocassion Farewell to the Skating Willers

Performing in 30-degree heat

Jean Pierre and Wanda divorced in 1997 but they continued to perform as the Skating Willers. In 2000 they braved 30-degree heat and 95 per cent humidity on an outside stage at Little World Nagoya, Japan.

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