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CAST & CREATIVE

KSENIA ARCHER

KSENIA ARCHER

HIGH WIRE, WHIP CRACKING & PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Ksenia started her wire walking journey at 7 years old, when she first fell in love with a wire walking troupe and from that moment she decided that the circus would be her career. She went on to train with some of the world's leading wire walkers before starting to perform internationally herself. Outside the circus ring, her hobbies include: reading, writing and modelling.

KRISTAPS PAVLOVS

KRISTAPS PAVLOVS

JUGGLING & WHIP CRACKING He was born into a circus family and took his first steps onstage at the age of 3. When he was 16 he started to work professionally and has since gone on to master many different genres of circus skills including juggling, cigar boxes, whip cracking, fire magic and quick change. He is always trying to master something new and loves long distance running and cycling.

LUNA VALKIV

LUNA VALKIV

AERIAL STRAPS Luna graduated from the Academy of Circus Arts in Verona, with her main disciplines being aerial straps, and hand balancing. She has worked in the UK, Italy and also the Netherlands where she won first place in the public nomination awards. She is also a graduate from fashion school and her hobbies include creating costumes & make-up looks, travelling, and cooking. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

VALERI TKACH

VALERI TKACH

STICK-BALANCE AND JUGGLING He was raised in a circus family, touring through many countries across the world, which is when he first started performing at the age of 9. Later on together with his father Eduard Tkach he created his stick-balance act, this type of performance is quite rare in the circus world. In 2000 he created his juggling act under the direction of Aleksey Bitkine, which he has been performing since all over the world, including many prestigious circus festivals.

SARVARKHON SARBOZOV

SARVARKHON SARBOZOV

PERCH POLE With a love of circus from early childhood he dreamed of becoming an artist. He worked extremely hard and was accepted into the State Circus College of Uzbekistan where he completed his training in 2021. He then started his professional circus career working across the regions of Uzbekistan in the highly renown Uzbekistan State Circus. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar. He is thrilled to be back for his second season at Circus Cortex.

SHOKHRUKH KHUSANOV

SHOKHRUKH KHUSANOV

PERCH POLE He first started his circus career in 1996 as a wire walker but since then he has moved on and has gained high level expertise in many other circus disciplines. Now he performs the famous but unusual discipline of the Perch Pole with his co-worker Sarvarkhon. He has performed in many circuses around the world and has also won awards at the Chinese International Circus Festival in Wuhan. Although this is not his first time performing in the UK, he's very happy to be back.

HANNAH KENNEDY

HANNAH KENNEDY

DANCER Hannah started as a gymnast until turning her passion to circus skills. Her favourite acts to perform are anything aerial. Hannah has been performing and travelling all around England over the last 7 years. When she's not working, she enjoys walks along the beach, playing video games, eating vegan foods and mastering new circus skills.

KATERYNA DUBOVA

KATERYNA DUBOVA

DANCER Aside from dancing in her free time Kateryna loves exercising and flexibility. She also loves cooking and creating make-up looks. One of the main reasons she loves her work is because of all the travelling she is able to do!

REBECCA PETERS

REBECCA PETERS

DANCER Rebecca recently graduated MEPA college and is excited to join the Circus Cortex as a dancer this season. Her favourite dance styles are Jazz and Tap. She also enjoys reading and writing in her spare time.

MYKHAILO LINOVETSKYI

MYKHAILO LINOVETSKYI

TECHNICIAN For the past few years he has been performing in different stunt shows in various countries around the world. He is fluent in three languages and his favourite things to do are: to cheer people up, hold events and do backflips on his bicycle! The past couple of years he has been performing as a BMX rider here at Cortex, however he is back this year to be part of our hard working staff team!

ANASTASIIA DEMENTIEVA

ANASTASIIA DEMENTIEVA

DANCER Like any dancer Anastasiia is very passionate about her job but aside from dancing, in her free time she also enjoys reading detective novels and visiting new and beautiful places. She also loves, to experiment with make-up.

SERHIY VALKIV

SERHIY VALKIV

CIRCUS TECHNICAL CREW Originally from Ukraine he learnt his circus trade and graduated from the Moscow Circus School. He is a well seasoned traveller and has worked in the UK as an artist and also as a tent master over the last 10 years. As a former circus artist and clown his knowledge of the circus industry is vast, and this has helped him as he has transitioned to an equally important role behind the scenes.

ROBERT SALLAI

ROBERT SALLAI

TECHNICIAN Robert comes from a long-established circus family, he learnt the circus trade from a very young age whilst travelling and working throughout the UK. There is very little that he doesn't know about the circus and he can turn his hand to many things. Robert has a passion for lighting and is never happier than when he is tinkering, fixing or making something new. When he’s not working, he enjoys going to the pub, watching films, eating new foods and a BBQ.

ANDY CLEMENT

ANDY CLEMENT

TECHNICIAN As well as being part of our hard working staff team, Andy is also a street performer and fiddle player. He is originally from the hills of Scotland but he is no stranger to the road and like many people who choose this life, he is very well travelled. In his spare time he likes to play chess, learn new languages and eat good food!

TATIANA OZHIGANOVA

TATIANA OZHIGANOVA

COSTUME DESIGNER An exceptionally skilled designer, who is responsible for the designs of most of the costumes you see here at Circus Cortex. She has been designing costumes for 7 years now, and has worked with many UK shows such as the London Cabaret Club and Giffords Circus. She is an official designer for LambertZ fashion show and she has also had her work published as a new and upcoming designer in Fashzilla magazine.

KRISTINA BAUTINA

KRISTINA BAUTINA

COSTUME MASTER She is a Lady with very high expertise in her field, she has over 15 years of experience making costumes and evening dresses. She finished the Moscow university of design and then went on to study at the Ecole Lesage Atelier De Broderie, the oldest and finest school of couture in Paris. She is also an official designer for the LambertZ fashion show in Germany.

SVITLANA DVOYASHKINA

SVITLANA DVOYASHKINA

CHOREOGRAPHER She started her career as a ballroom dancer and together with her ballroom partner they travelled the world performing in many shows of all types. She then moved on to become a very established choreographer and the head of MIPARTI dance group, which has performed at many events and shows across the globe.

PAUL ARCHER

PAUL ARCHER

DIRECTOR & GENERAL MANAGER He started as a professional juggler, and progressed into directing and managing large Circuses in the UK for 15 years. Now along with his wife Irina he's the director of Circus Cortex. Besides his work life he is a big fan of Derby County FC.

IRINA ARCHER

IRINA ARCHER

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER She started as a professional gymnast, competing around the world. She then performed with world famous shows and companies such as:"Releve", "Tihany" - S-America and "Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey" - USA. After, she came to the UK and co-worked as a producer and later agent for large Circuses in the UK as well as "Circus Extreme" and now her very own Cirque show "Circus Cortex"! She is a very hardworking person who quite literally never stops working.

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