Cirque de la SymphonieCirque 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.

The new exciting program to be presented with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is called “Cirque Goes Broadway,” and will feature many of the most recognizable and enjoyable hits from Broadway musicals, elegantly choreographed with amazing acrobatic feats. Joining the acrobats will be three Broadway vocalists, sometimes combining forces for unique presentations downstage.

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 excitement 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.

Sagiv Ben Binyamin began his gymnastic career in his native Israel before moving to the United States in 2000. His mastery of trapeze, fabrics, rope, hand balancing and acrobatics quickly attracted the attention of circus companies and major entertainment producers. His stunt credits include movies such as Polar Express and productions such as Universal Studios’ Spiderman Rocks. He is famous for his acrobatics with Teatro ZinZanni, Cirque Productions, Anti-Gravity, Cirque de la Mer, Velocity Circus, Eye of Newt Circus and the Birdhouse Factory, and he has worked with major performing artists such as Cher. Sagiv provides an amazing rope act and tantalizing adagio in a tango of balance and strength with partner for Cirque de la Symphonie.

Oleksiy Snarskyy was born in Kiev, Ukraine and started training competitively at the age of 6 in Sports Acrobatics. He achieved the award of “Master of Sport” in Acrobatics 1996 as well as “International Master of Sport” in Acrobatics in 1998. Oleksiy competed and won many medals and championships in acrobatics on the regional, national and international levels as a member of the National Ukrainian Sports Acrobatics Team. By 2002, Oleksiy had transformed his acrobatic skills into top-form circus acts, and he performed the “Russian Bar” and rope jumping acts in numerous circus appearances across the US and elsewhere. But it was the German wheel which captivated Oleksiy’s attention, and he focused his energy and passion on becoming one of the best and most flamboyant performers on this large prop. Recognized as one of the very best wheel performers anywhere, Oleksiy has performed across the globe for numerous companies, including Imagination Entertainment and Troupe Vertigo and other famous cirque programs.

Marcello “Marco“ Antonio Balestracci is an acro-gymnast, dancer, actor and singer. He spent ten years in competitive gymnastics and has received several first place medals at state and regional competitions. As a dancer, Marco has worked with choreographers such as Adrienne Dellas-Thornton (Kirov), Rudolf Kharatian (Washington Ballet) and Sandra Balestracci (his mother). He performed in the Nutcracker as a soloist with the American Youth Ballet Company, a production which was broadcast to school systems across the land. He has performed with the Music Theater of Williamsburg with Tom Netherton and with Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Regional theater musicals have included; King and I, Godspell and Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat. As an acrobat, Marco made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Cirque’s Jungle Fantasy, followed by a national tour in 2008. He has also starred in other Cirque productions, such as Imaginique and Christmas Dreams. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he has performed with Le Ombre Shadow Acrobatics & Dance and Torque Method. When not touring with Cirque de la Symphonie, Marco teaches at Cirque School, LA, as the Head Acrobatics Instructor.

Autumn Crockett began training in dance and acrobatics at the age of three at DC Dance Factory in her native state of Tennessee. Her exceptional talents soon led to television performances with LeAnn Rimes, Billy Gilman and CeCe Winans. Autumn’s unique combination of contortion, dance and acrobatics was soon recognized by The Edge Performing Arts Center, an elite company in Los Angeles that provided her with a full scholarship. She continued her movement training with Cirque School LA’s professional program. Her career took off soon afterwards, including appearances with Rihanna in the Video Music Awards, the movie I Kissed a Vampire, America’s Got Talent and numerous commercials. She has performed in live stage shows such as Odyssey Dance Theater, Troupe Vertigo, Le Ombre, La Mirada Theater production of “Cats” and for the Academy of TV, Arts & Sciences.

Armando Munoz began his performance career as a Latin dancer. His passion and tenacity led him to win consecutive medals at both the 2010 and 2011 World Latin Dance Cup Championship in Las Vegas. Additional competitions include being a finalist in the Mexico Salsa Competition and 3rd Place at the International Salsa Competition in San Francisco. Despite his elite recognition in Latin Dance he longed to fuse his talents with the Circus Arts. He sought aerial training from Master Ivo Gueorguiev from Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion production, and he specialized in Flying Straps and Fabric. This unique combo of skills led him to a dynamic career working with the San Diego Opera, California Ballet Company and Troupe Vertigo. Armando became co-director of the Alma Latina Performing Arts School in San Diego from 2006-2013 and now teaches aerial straps at Cirque School in Hollywood when not performing with Cirque de la Symphonie.

Sarah Sporich is a classically trained dancer and contortionist, studying under various high caliber choreographers at the Talent Lab in Los Angeles. She combines the fluidity and grace of dance with the athleticism of aerial arts and the extreme lines of contortion all in one. Sarah's mixture of skills has brought her a diverse career including performances on “Glee,” Michael Jackson Billboard Music Awards and Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards. Theatrical stage shows include touring with Le Ombre Shadow Acrobatics & Dance, Revelations, Troupe Vertigo and a live show of Pixar's film Inside Out at the El Capitan in Hollywood. When not performing, she teaches Pilates and Aerial skills at Cirque School and is the head coach for their Cirque Kids programming.