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Troupe Vertigo

Troupe Vertigo


Cirque Dance Theater

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.

Troupe Vertigo’s 2018-2019 Season includes performances with the Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Utah Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. The company is known for their collaborative custom thematic programs with symphony orchestras from Cirque Goes to BroadwayCirque Goes to Hollywood, Cirque Dances featuring The Firebird to complete cirque- ballet presentation of The NutcrackerSwan Lake, and Cinderella.

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.

Circus Magic at the Symphony: Troupe Vertigo Performs with the VSO

Vancouver is full of postcard-perfect views—hello, North Shore Mountains!—but Troupe Vertigo brings even more spectacular sights to the Orpheum Theatre. The LA-based troupe is in town for their Cirque at Symphony Hall Series tour of North America. The acclaimed circus performers dazzle audiences with awe-inspiring acrobatics, choreographed to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s performance of timeless pieces by musical legends such as Tchaikovsky. For one night only, aerialists soar through the air above the musicians, contortionists captivate with mind-bending physical feats and dancers sweep across the Orpheum’s elegant stage. Circus and symphony in a historic concert hall? Now that’s a sight to see.

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Sample Symphony Programs

  • Cirque Dances
    Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (15’)
    Borodin: Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances (12’)
    Ravel: Bolero (13’) OR Ravel: La Valse (13’)
    Tchaikovsky : Eugene Onegin- Act II: Waltz (6′)
    Marquez: Danzon, No. 2 (10′)
    Stravinsky: Fire Bird (23′)

    Cirque Fairytales
    Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite, 20’)
    Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (13′)
    N. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (44’)

    Cirque Romance
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture (23-19’)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture (12’)
    Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances (22’)

Cirque Cracker

  • Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is one of the crowning achievements in the marriage of music to a classic tale and it has been blessed with some of the greatest balletic conceptions in history. Its unparalleled wealth of contrasting moods and styles has allowed choreographers to ‘reinvent’ the visual experience time and time again, and Troupe Vertigo aims to add new dimension to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece through their unique hybrid of cirque, dance and acrobatic art.

Sample Symphony Programs

  • Cirque Dances
    Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (15’)
    Borodin: Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances (12’)
    Ravel: Bolero (13’) OR Ravel: La Valse (13’)
    Tchaikovsky : Eugene Onegin- Act II: Waltz (6′)
    Marquez: Danzon, No. 2 (10′)
    Stravinsky: Fire Bird (23′)

    Cirque Fairytales
    Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite, 20’)
    Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (13′)
    N. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (44’)

    Cirque Romance
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture (23-19’)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture (12’)
    Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances (22’)

Cirque Cracker

  • Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is one of the crowning achievements in the marriage of music to a classic tale and it has been blessed with some of the greatest balletic conceptions in history. Its unparalleled wealth of contrasting moods and styles has allowed choreographers to ‘reinvent’ the visual experience time and time again, and Troupe Vertigo aims to add new dimension to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece through their unique hybrid of cirque, dance and acrobatic art.

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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, Los Angeles based Troupe Vertigo 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. Recent highlights include working with Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect 2 and with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in Water for Elephants.

Full 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.

Troupe Vertigo’s 2018-2019 Season includes performances with the Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Utah Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. The company is known for their collaborative custom thematic programs with symphony orchestras from Cirque Goes to BroadwayCirque Goes to Hollywood, Cirque Dances featuring The Firebird to complete cirque- ballet presentation of The NutcrackerSwan Lake, and Cinderella.

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.