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ALIS’s Top Performers

Onofrio ONOFRIO Colucci

With outstanding experience and acclaimed globally, he has had an extraordinary career. Already hailed as an “enfant prodige” of contemporary circus in his early years, he has performed in 60 countries and in more than 4,000 repeat performances and for many years has been a star of the Cirque du Soleil’s most important productions. He directs international shows and is the star of the famous Slava’s Snowshow, appointed personally by the great Slava Polunin, designating him his heir. He has been awarded the much-coveted Lunas del Auditorio award.

GENERAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & MASTER OF CEREMONY

ALIS

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ADRENALINE TROUPE

Trampowall

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ALFREDO SILVA

Master of Risk

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ANASTASIIA VASHCHENKO

Aerial Chandelier

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ANDREA CERRATO

Cry Wheel

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ANDREIS JACOBS RIGOLO

Sanddorn Balance

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ASIA TROMLER

Aerial Silk

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AURELIE BRUA

Double Chinese Pole

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DAVID MATZ

Volta Wheel

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ELLI HUBER

Trapeze and Singer

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ESSENCE

Acrobatic Balance

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FLIGHT OF PASSION

Aerial Straps

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GUILHEM DESQ

Hurdy gurdy

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JONATHAN MORIN

Crossed Wheel

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JUMPING DRAGON

Chinese Poles

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KATRINA ASFARDI

Contorsionist

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LILI CHAO RIGOLO

Sanddorn Balance

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MARIA CHOODU

Tap Dance/Juggler

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OLEKSANDR YENIVATOV

Comic Hand Stand

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RAW ART

Juggler

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SERGII TYMOFIEIEV

Acrobatics

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TORIMÉ

Acrobatic Balance

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ULZIIBUYAN MERGEN

Contortion

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VIKTOR KEE

Juggler

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WAZ’O

Trapeze Duo

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ADRENALINE TROUPE

Trampowall

A union of formidable artists from Ukraine, who are the greatest interpreters of a spectacular discipline that does not admit mistakes. Here, sport mingles circus art - at the limits of human capacities. With an array of breathtaking acrobatics and athletics, they showcase pure energy, which invariably captures and excites the audience.

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ALFREDO SILVA

Master of Risk

His stage name is Deadly Games and his high octane performances rank among the best in the world. After the semifinal of the 11th edition of America's Got Talent, it came as no surprise that he was put through for the final of "The Champions" of America's Got Talent in January 2019. He went straight to the semifinals with the Golden Buzzer for having kept the judges and American audience on the edge of their seats throughout each act. Surprising and versatile, Alfredo is a current sixth-generation circus performer.

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ANASTASIIA VASHCHENKO

Aerial Chandelier

Thanks to her parents being famous trainers of sports and acrobatic gymnastics in Russia, she could make the most of her skills by devoting to acrobatic sports as a professional since her younger years. After winning the title of International Master of Sports, she took part to major circus productions with Cirque du Soleil and in the United States in Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus. Besides performing in the Flight of Passion duo, she has created also an incredible aerial solo number, which is on exclusive for Alis, with a chandelier studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

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ANDREA CERRATO

Cry Wheel

He is among the new talents of Le Cirque WTP and his speciality is the Cyr Wheel. He was selected from 52 candidates by Valerie Inertie, a world expert in the discipline. Andrea performs a special number for ALIS, demonstrating a true and remarkable skill for dancing he'd perfected in Los Angeles and while training at the Circus School of Turin. While on tour in 2018, he entered the World Guinness Book of Records.

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ANDREIS JACOBS RIGOLO

Sanddorn Balance

Moments of fragile bliss that change your perception of reality, revealing the delicate nature of balance and the evanescence of life. With thirteen palm leaf ribs, the Swiss artist Mädir Andreis Jacobs Rigolo creates an oasis of concentration and serenity, a place of equilibrium; fragile moments of joy that, barely created, are destroyed by the artist herself. The extraordinary success story of Sanddorn Balance began more than 20 years ago. In 1996 the Swiss theatre producer Mädir Eugster Rigolo created a balancing act for the stage production Sanddorn. It has become one of the most stunning acts the world has ever seen.

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ASIA TROMLER

Aerial Silk

She debuted in her first major show at the age of 16 and the following year, in 2016, Le Cirque WTP included her in the cast for the premiere of ALIS, making her the troupe's youngest artist. She began studying circus arts at the age of six in the Principality of Monaco, where she attended the Centre Jeunesse Princesse Stephanie with O2 Cirque. She continued her studies first in Quebec, at the Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montreal, breeding ground of the best artists of the Cirque du Soleil, with which she also interned, and then at the Kyiv Academy Circus and Variety Arts in Kiev. Among the various tools she uses with great skill are aerial silks, which she prefers. In Italy, she has successfully opened and personally manages Ikigai Circus Art, through which she teaches her specialities, also thanks to the experience gained on the stage.

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AURELIE BRUA

Double Chinese Pole

Nicknamed “Spiderwoman", she's an acrobat with extraordinary talent. Her performances on the "Double Pole" have made her one of the top equilibrists in the world. She amazes the audience with her original act, performed with a light, feminine touch but seeming to defy gravity.

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DAVID MATZ

Volta Wheel

He reinvented Cyr Wheel by integrating LED technology that makes its amazing evolutions even more fascinating. Each move is perfectly synchronized with sounds and visual effects that draw in the air and on the stage psychedelic images enchanting the audience. TOP at Le Cirque World's Top Performers also means innovation.

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ELLI HUBER

Trapeze and Singer

An internationally famous trapeze artist, singer and dancer. In 2015, she won the Aerial All Stars Circus Arts Competition, while in 2010, at the Sydney Festival, she was joint winner in the Outstanding Independent Artist category, and took the Bytecraft Achievement Award for Best Production and Design. She trained at Aerialize - Sydney Aerial Theatre, at the Beijing International Arts School, and at Ecole Leotard in Montreal, with the renowned trapeze coach Victor Fomine.

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ESSENCE

Acrobatic Balance

They are three exceptional acrobats: Larysa Semeniuk, Olena Kosiuchenko and Olga Shutiak , they are Ukrainian and graduated from the State Circus Academy of Kiev . In ALIS they bring to the stage a new highly suggestive and elegant issue created by Valentyna Kriher, founder and artist of the Torimé. In A performance that combines flexibility, sensuality and strength , accompanied by evocative music that is once again inspired by the vital theme of passion and fire.

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FLIGHT OF PASSION

Aerial Straps

Dmitri Grigorov and Anastasiia Vashchenko are the internationally famous "Straps" duo. Their performance has been described as "unique and perfect". They won the prestigious Golden Clown award at the 33rd International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. The pair have featured as guest stars at Cirque du Soleil since 2004, performing in “Corteo" (United States) and “Quidam" (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong), and attracting huge audiences.

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GUILHEM DESQ

Hurdy gurdy

A versatile player of the hurdy-gurdy, he draws on the traditions of this ancient instrument while also taking inspiration from modern music. He invites the audience into his evocative world with sounds and melodies from different times and places, combining mediaeval settings with electronic variations. His music is an exciting and surprising journey through time.

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JONATHAN MORIN

Crossed Wheel

He has now made more than 1000 appearances in Cirque du Soleil shows.
His constant search for the innovative and unusual led him to invent a new type of apparatus: "The Crossed Wheel", a distinguishing feature of his performances. Jonathan was winner of the Bronze Clown Award 2018 at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.

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JUMPING DRAGON

Chinese Poles

In the line of continuity with the greatest circus tradition in China, Guan, Guo and Yao master a thrilling discipline which is a combination of strength, agility and acrobatic power. These three major talents can boast a leading artistic path: after graduating at the "China National Troupe", they have been performing in prestigious productions which include Han, the show of Franco Dragone, Cirque de Chine, Circus Conelli in Switzerland, the American company Garden Bro Circus, Panda Show in Las Vegas and RingLing Circus, in the United States as well.

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KAI HOU & SONG ENMENG

Hoop Diving

Stunning acrobatics with a duo that takes pure adrenaline to a higher level. Together, they brilliantly exude energy, strength and agility with an electrifying and engaging crescendo. Kai won the Chinese Talents Prize and has featured in the Guinness World Records, and has taken part in Talent Shows and successful TV shows around the world. Originally from Switzerland, Florian has entertained audiences around Europe and in Dubai and has starred in Cirque Eloize, the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and cabaret GOP. He began his training at a very young age at a circus school, and continued his training at the Berlin Circus School.

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KATRINA ASFARDI

Contorsionist

She is one of the best multi-artists in the show industry and for Alis she will perform with her exceptional skills as a contortionist. Born in Latvia, she has been passionately dedicated to dance and gymnastics since the age of 12 and she represents her country in international competitions. Love for the contemporary circus blossomed at the age of 20 and she became the star of international productions, including Heart by Cirque du Soleil. She performs throughout Europe, Lebanon and Macau. Semi-finalist of Italia’s Got Talent and the Swiss Got Talent (2015). Katrina is also part of "Heart" Ibiza Team, a project by Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberte and Ferran & Albert Adria.

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LILI CHAO RIGOLO

Sanddorn Balance

Revelation artist in Amaluna with the Cirque du Soleil . With a feather and 13 branches of palm leaves she keeps the spectator literally in suspense until the last… breath. An oasis of concentration and serenity, where everything is a precarious balance. Sanddorn Balance is an exceptional and award-winning performance , conceived and presented in 1997 by Maedir Rigolo. It is a parable of love and life, considered by many to be the most beautiful act on the world scene today .

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MARIA CHOODU

Tap Dance/Juggler

Born in Russia to parents who were also circus performers, she debuted at the Great Moscow State Circus when she was just 9 years of age. She performs all over the world and was the recipient of an award at the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. She has a unique number and style, combining juggling and Tip Tap dance. From 2008 to 2018 she was with the Cirque du Soleil in the shows of Saltimbanco, Wintuk, Zarkana and Crystal. She has performed as part of major events, even before the Pope in the Vatican and the President of the United States Donald Trump in New York.

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MOOKY CORNISH

Comedy

The international press has called her one of the most entertaining women on the Contemporary Circus scene. In addition to being a talented pianist and puppeteer, with her own unique style of physical comedy, she has delighted audiences at more than 1000 performances of “Varekai" by Cirque du Soleil in Europe, North America and Russia. Mooky has won London's Olivier Award and performs regularly in La Soirée cabaret in London.

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OLEKSANDR YENIVATOV

Comic Hand Stand

A comedian and contortionist, better known as "Sacha the Frogman". He is a very eclectic artist, with a great sense of humour and an original touch. Oleksandr has taken part in various important circus festivals, including the Cirque de Demain in Paris and the International Circus Festival in Belgium. He is famous for the so-called "Yenivatov Rotation", a highly original act that sets him apart from other contortionists.

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PIPPO CROTTI

Comedy

This comedian and actor began his Italian career with Gabriele Cirilli, and was then engaged by Cirque du Soleil to play the part of a clown in “Totem”. He toured all over the world, and after 1500 performances came back to Italy, where he featured in two series of “Squadra Mobile” on Canale 5, and two seasons of Fiorello’s “TV Edicola Fiore” on Sky. He made his film debut with Checco Zalone in the smash-hit “Quo Vado?” on Rai Uno, followed by “Aldo Moro – Il Professore”, and has recently finished shooting “Unpromised Land”. He created and produced “My Name is Pippo”, a comedy series broadcast by Mediaset, and is now working on a new project for TV.

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RAW ART

Juggler

It is a project that counts among its ranks the best graduates of the Circus Academy of Kiev , one of the reference schools for the whole world. Maksym Holovchenko, Vladyslav Gapanovych and Yevhenii Pakhalovych, a surprising trio of jugglers awarded in 2017 with the coveted Silver Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, are part of it. They have been a real revelation and have conquered the international scene.

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ROSE WINEBRENNER

Singer

A singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and visual artist from Chicago, Rose can boast a thirty-year international career. She took the lead role in “Zaia", staged by Cirque du Soleil in Macau and registering over 1,400 performances, and also had the honour of being selected as solo singer for the Bollywood Awards Ceremony, the global event for the Indian film industry. With her unique voice, and through songs written exclusively for Alis, Rose adds an even more evocative touch to the story.

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SERGII TYMOFIEIEV

Acrobatics

A Gold Medal winner at the Cirque de Demain Festival, Sergii is considered one of the best equilibrists in the world. Constantly looking for new refinements, he devised a new piece of apparatus for his performance based on the Rubrik cube, which he uses to display the complex and subtle nature of his discipline. This act is certainly unique on the world stage.

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THOMAS EVANS & AUDREY LABEAU

Trapeze

The pair achieve a rare level of excellence in this discipline, displaying a unique level of empathy and coordination during their amazing act. They have both been guest stars in various Cirque du Soleil shows: “Zaia", "La Nouba“, "Le Chemins Invisible“, "Toruk" and “Paramour". Thomas was awarded a Bronze Medal at Cirque de Demain 2013 in Paris, while Audrey was once an Olympian, taking part in both the 2008 Beijing Games and the London Games of 2012, when she won the Champion of Europe title in diving.

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TORIMÉ

Acrobatic Balance

This splendid trio of Ukrainian acrobats, Valentina Kriher, Yelavyzayeta Vorionuk and Anastasiia Yehorava, are all graduates of the Kiev State Circus Academy. They are presenting the most exciting act from their vast repertoire. Their performance combines flexibility, sensuality and strength, and involves creating amazing shapes with their bodies to the rhythms of music infused with fire and passion.

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ULZIIBUYAN MERGEN

Contortion

Born in Mongolia, she is a professional contortionist and hand balancer since early childhood. After starting her career at the Mongolian National Circus, this outstandingly talented artist joined Cirque du Soleil aged only 11. She has travelled the world performing in the shows Alegria, Amaluna and Totem – a 15-year-old collaboration which has made her one of the world greatest artists in her disciplines. Le Cirque World's Top Performers is glad to welcome her into its stellar cast. She will bring on stage an astonishing performance, exclusively created for the show and inspired by Alis in wonderland, which she will present in world premiere.

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VIKTOR KEE

Juggler

In 1994, he won the Silver Medal and the Raspini Award at the 17th International Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris. He has performed at the Moulin Rouge and the Lido in Paris, at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, at the Pomp Duck & Circumstance in New York, and at the Mirage and MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1999, he joined the cast of "Dralion" for Cirque du Soleil and later also performed in "Joya" and "Amaluna". In 2003, he won the Silver Clown award at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, and in 2004 received a Gold Medal at the Nuit d'Or Gala during the "Cirque de Demain“ Festival in Paris.

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WAZ’O

Trapeze Duo

Louis-David Simoneau trained at the National Circus School in Montreal while Marie-Christine Fournier studied at the Quebec Circus School. They have appeared in many international shows over the years, including “Totem”, “Varekai” and “45 Degrees - Special Events” for Cirque du Soleil. Using all the skill and talent displayed in these great productions, they have created a new aerial act especially for ALIS: a performance which pushes them right to their very limits. This duo is sure to delight you with their energy, originality and amazing coordination.

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YVES DECOSTE & VALENTYNA SIDENKO

Hand to Hand

The Duo Viceversa is made up of two world stars. Yves is a legendary figure at Cirque du Soleil, where he first appeared in 1985, joining countless productions including “La magie continue”, “Mystere”, “Quidam”, “Zed”. Among many other prizes, he won the prestigious Silver Clown Award at the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. In Alis, he delivers an epic performance together with Valentyna Sidenko, a star herself who has played major roles for 10 years at Cirque du Soleil’s “Zaia”, “Zed”, “Quidam”, “Joya”. A most talented Ukrainian artist, at the age of 6 she began training at the Circus School and at 14 she attended the Cirque College in Kiev, before starting to successfully perform all over the world.

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