Over 5 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine since the war began.
Husbands, brothers and fathers all have had to say farewell to their families as they stay to help defend their country.
It’s been a very emotional and traumatic time for everyone involved with Circus Cortex.
Last year’s performance saw 70% of our cast being Ukrainian and most had planned to re-join us for this year's tour.
As soon as the news broke as to what was happening in Ukraine we immediately set up a group chat so we could all keep in contact with each other and to check in daily to make sure that everyone was safe, while we set plans in motion to try and get as many of our cast and their families out as soon as possible.
This is an ongoing task.
Thank you for your support.
Petro Horodytskyi - From Kharkiv
Petro left Kharkiv 2 weeks into the War.
He is now in Chernovtsi.
Currently helping children at a local circus school and performing for local refugees.
He is not able to leave Ukraine due to Martial law
Viktor Gorodetskiy, Yulia Gorodetska,
Valdis Gorodetskiy - From Mikolaev
This young circus family had to leave their home 3 weeks after the start of the war. They are currently in Khmelnitskyy staying with Viktor's parents who are also
They have received UK visas but are unable to leave due to Martial law in Ukraine
Yevhenia Honcharova - From Kiev
Escaped to Poland, Just arrived in the UK.
Kseniia Isaieva and Sergey Malinovskiy - From Lugansk & Kherson
They were both in Kherson when War broke out. Ksenia has just arrived to the UK. Sergey is waiting for his Penistone to lab Ukraine under Artists exemption
Tetiana Lotiuk - From Zhytomyr
Tetiana was caught in Kharkiv when the war broke out, she was looking after our choreographer's dog and covering her classes.
She had a tremendous journey from Kharkiv to Hungary 2nd week into the War.
She is now safe in the UK with us.
Svitlana Dvoyashkina - From Kharkiv
Svitlana left Kharkiv 4 days before the War broke out for a short term contract in Egypt.
She was working short term in 'Sharm El Shaikh' choreographing a show for a Resort.
She has received a UK Sponsor visa and has just arrived in the UK and we are thrilled to have her.
Sergey Domoratskiy and Olena - In Lviv
Sergey and Olena had just got married before the War breakout. Their happiness short lived, they currently are unable to leave Ukraine due to Martial law. Sergey also recently broke his knee and required an operation. Thanks to all his friends donation, he is now able to pay for his knee operation and we all wish him the best and a very speedy recovery
Lina Dolesco - From Odessa
Lina left her home at the start of the War and fled to Moldova, she spent 6 weeks there waiting for UK visa.
Now in Canada with her brother and we look forward to her joining us and to start rehearsals in May
Krylo Popazov - From Melitopol
Recently received a sponsor visa. We are glad too confirm that he has just arrived in the UK.
Marina Galanova - From Kharkiv
Marina was on a contract in Dubai when she heard the war had started. She has just arrived in UK and we are delighted she has arrived safely.
Galina & Edurado - From Melitopol
Having managed to flee Ukraine and reach Hungary on the eve of war breaking out. They realised luck was most definitely on their side. They have just arrived in the UK