CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS
Saturday, June 27
The Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Florin Parvelescu, Conductor
Tickets $49.50 premium high back chairs/low back chairs, $35 general admission
Special $80 family pass (two adults and two children), $15 youth under 17; Picnic Tables are available for $80 (plus the regular ticket price). Each table fits 6-8 people.
“Full house of delighted and mesmerized adults and children … a crowd pleasing joy to behold.” – San Francisco Examiner
“The capacity crowd that turned out for Cirque de la Symphonie could not have been more pleased.” – Seattle Times
“When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform in front of a full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms take place, turning the concert into a three dimensional entertainment extravaganza.” – The Miami Arts Examiner
Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Orchestras play with enhanced enthusiasm, while patrons marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of aerialists flying overhead and astonishing acrobatic feats. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Over one hundred orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience.
Bios of Performers
Aloysia Gavre is an incredible aerial performer from the prestigious Ecole National de Cirque, Montreal,with early training from Master Lu-Yi and the Pickle Family Circus School. Her aerial acrobatics and graceful maneuvers on the aerial hoop, suspended high above the stage, add three-dimensional excitemen to the symphony and the music hall. Aloysia was the Special Prize Winner at the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. A veteran of stage and theater performances worldwide, Aloysia is best known as a veteran of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” and “O.” Her five years with Quidam established her as one of the best aerial artists in the world, and today she shares that experience with others as choreographer for Cirque Mechanics and Troupe Vertigo and as director of Cirque School in Los Angeles. Aloysia’s regular performances with Cirque de la Symphonie and live orchestras take aerial acrobatics to a new level.
Vitalii Buza began his gymnastic training in the Republic of Moldova and soon competed as an elite gymnast with the Russian national team. At the age of 16, Vitalii joined the Moscow State Circus as a professional acrobat and toured throughout Europe. After a move to the US, he starred in productions at Sea World, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. He has been featured in numerous TV ads and won a role in the Walt Disney movie “Enchanted.” Vitalii also performed at the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards, the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl, 2010 Academy Awards and the 2011 Latin Billboard Awards. He has performed for celebrities such as Donald Trump, Russell Simmons, P-Diddy and Shaquille O’Neal and corporate events for major companies such as Microsoft, Formula1, Mercedes Benz, and Cirque du Soleil. Vitalii excels in multiple cirque acts, such as duo hand-balancing, straps, Cyr wheel, spinning cube, Chinese pole and the Russian bar.
Andrey Moraru is a native of Kiev, Ukraine, and a graduate of the prestigious Kiev Circus School where he trained hand balancing under the legendary Vitold Kuvshinov. Upon graduating with an act fused with both balance and dance, Andrey joined the cast of Le Reve, directed by Franco Dragone in Las Vegas as a hand balancing specialist. After many years with Le Reve, Andrey pursued a solo career, which brought opportunities in Europe for numerous cabarets, variety shows, and circuses, including “Flic Flac” from Germany. He was recently a finalist on America’s Got Talent. Los Angeles has become his new home where he has performed with Symbiotic, Quixotic, and Troupe Vertigo. When not performing, Andrey teaches master hand balancing classes at Cirque School. Andrey’s trademark hand-balancing and acrobatic skills are now a standard part of Cirque de la Symphonie, which includes a mesmerizing acrobatic “adagio” act with partner.
Shem Biggie hails from Mendocino, CA, where he has developed a reputation for strength and athleticism in performing aerial silks and rope, while training with the Mendocino Center for Circus Arts (MeCCA). Shem has also trained at Le Petit Cirque, L.A., and the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. Shem’s talents are many, including hand-balancing, unicycling, dance and acrobatics, and the Cyr Wheel. His enthusiasm and energy translate into dynamic performances characterized by elegantly choreographed movement. Shem has performed in many festivals, such as Power to the Peaceful in San Francisco, special events such as the Kinetic Carnivale and the Mendocino One World Festival. Shem is a veteran with symphony orchestras across North America, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, as a premiere aerialist with Cirque de la Symphonie. When not spinning in the air, Shem also likes to perform magic tricks and pursue his interest in photography.
Vova Tsarkov comes from a famous circus family rich in the traditions of Russian circus artistry. Trained by masters in the circus arts, he exhibits exceptional talents and skills in all of his performances. His “Mask” juggling act is a fascinating blend of illusion and juggling skills. Vova is a worldwide star, having performed in the major productions from Las Vegas to Korea. He enchanted audiences in Busch Gardens’ cirque shows, starred in dozens of special corporate events, and with many symphony orchestras across North America. Vova is one of the most multi-talented performers in Cirque de la Symphonie, with performances that include various juggling acts, the spinning cube and frame, diablo, and other uniquely entertaining acts.
Alina Sergeeva is a third generation circus performer from Russia. She began performing on stage at the age of three with her family in a hand balancing adagio act with her father, later branching out into various acts such as aerial silks, lira, and hoops. Alina’s professional performances have taken her around the world to countries in South America, Europe, and Asia. Along the way, she won the “most talented” award for youth performers in Brazil. Alina’s career in the US includes numerous circus tours, corporate shows, cruise ship productions and special events. Alina has starred in numerous Cirque de la Symphonie productions as an amazing hula hoops performer, with accompanying hand balancing, acrobatic and contortion skills. Her mastery of illusion includes the amazing quick change and magic jacket acts.
Kai Newstead began performing aerial acrobatics at the age of five. His enthusiastic and energetic performances have delighted audiences everywhere. Kai has studied aerial performance techniques at the Ecole Nationale de Cirque, and he is skilled at corde lisse and trapeze fixe in additional to aerial silks. He has developed his style under the tutelage of Blaze Birge and David Jones of Flynn Creek Circus, Terry Crane, Jukka Juntti, and Marina Luna. Kai has performed at the Power to the Peaceful Festival in San Francisco and other major events on the west coast, and he has been a performer and student instructor with the Mendocino Center for Circus Arts (MeCCA), a non-profit organization focused on bringing circus arts education and performance to children and adults in Northern California.
Join us for a Special Pre-Show with Beaucoup Chapeaux, 7:15pm
Beaucoup Chapeaux is part Parisian bistro, Macedonian kafana, and Greek taverna. Throw in a little Italian circus, add some American jazz and folk, then sing in eight different languages–and there you have it: World music at its finest.