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Company Biography

Fusing together elements of cirque acrobatics, classical dance and contemporary theater, Troupe Vertigo brings audiences on a spellbinding journey through the world of artistic movement. Consisting of world-class aerial artists, contortionists, and ballet dancers, the Los Angeles based company was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Aloysia Gavre, formerly of the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil, and Technical Director Rex Camphuis, whose background is with the fabled Pickle Family Circus. Troupe Vertigo, whose “dizzying acts defy gravity and leave its lucky audiences in awe” (Los Angeles Times) has performed with major orchestras across North America.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 Season include performances of Cirque Nutcracker with the Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony, and a return to the Baltimore Symphony with Cirque Goes to Hollywood. After the success of Cirque Nutcracker, Troupe Vertigo returned to the Phoenix Symphony with Cirque Swan Lake. Upcoming engagements include performances of Cirque Dances with the Utah Symphony and Cirque Goes to Broadway with the Seattle Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottowa.

Highlights of past seasons include performances of custom programs for orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony with Jack Everly. The ensemble premiered its first offering, Big Top for a New Generation, in 2010 at the Ford Amphitheater and has gone on to present Nighthawks: A Film Noir Circus, inspired by American jazz, Edward Hopper paintings, and crime novels. In 2016, they brought Tableaux, featuring five women grappling with the constrictions of society, to life at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Husband and wife team, Aloysia and Rex, frequently bring their gifts and knowledge to the film and television industry, most notably with Rebel Wilson's aerial performance in Pitch Perfect 2 and with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in the film Water for Elephants.

Troupe Vertigo’s facility is also home to Cirque School Los Angeles, which inspires an appreciation for the circus arts for "Anybody with Any Body.” Cirque School uses training, performance, and community outreach to foster passion for the circus arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Encompassing over 50 weekly classes to the public, student performances, team building workshops, pre-professional intensives and television and film projects, Cirque School thrives as the premiere cirque training program in Los Angeles.


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