Over 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine since the war began.
Husbands, brothers fathers & sons 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 spent nearly a year in Chernovtsi helping children at a local circus school and performing for local refugees.
He was unable to leave Ukraine due to Martial law, but now re-joins us for our festive 2023 season.
Yevhenia Honcharova - From Kiev
Yevhenia refused to leave behind her beloved sphinx cat 'Lexa to an unknown future, so she packed her and all her circus props up and escaped to Poland. Unable to take her cat on the plane with her, Yevhenia, her cat and all her props; got a lift with a humanitarian truck driver and they all arrived safely on the eve of our 2022's season opening day.
Snezhana Snigir - From Kiev
Her hometown is Kiev and when the war started, she stayed there for 10 days and then she went to Budapest for an apprenticeship at the Academy of Dance. Following on from there she worked at the Budapest Circus, and then at the end of March 2023 she joined us here at Circus Cortex.
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 reached the UK safely and have been entertaining our audiences with their cheeky antics ever since.
Hanna Skidanova - Kiev
When the war began, she was in Kiev for 14 days and then left for Hungary, she performed at a charity performance in Monaco, and then continued her internship at the Dance Academy in Budapest. She later worked at the Budapest Circus, and then in March 2023 she joined us here at Circus Cortex.
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 received a UK Sponsor visa and arrived in the UK safely, we are thrilled to have her.
Kseniia Isaieva and Sergey Malinovskiy - From Lugansk & Kherson
They were both in Kherson when War broke out. Kseniia had to leave Sergey to come to the UK, and was extremely worried about leaving him and their beloved dog ICE' behind to face the uncertainty without her, Sergey was thankfully granted his special commission from the ministry of culture and he immediately packed up all his belongings as well as their beloved pooch'. All 3 arrived safely and spent 2 season with Circus Cortex, They have now moved on to a new adventure and we wish them all the luck in the world.
Marina Galanova - From Kharkiv
Marina was on a contract in Dubai when she heard the war had started. She arrived safely in UK and spent 2 seasons performing with us.
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
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 fled to Khmelnitskyy, staying with Viktor's parents who are also circus artists, before spending 2 very long months in Lviv.
They received their UK visas and Viktor has been given a special commission from the ministry of culture to leave Ukraine as an artiste and they arrived 2 days before our premiere show in Sheffield 2022.
Having spent 3 fantastic seasons touring with Circus Cortex, They are moving onto a new adventure and we wish them the best of luck.
Mykhailo Linovetskyi & Dima Belokon
These 2 best mates were caught in Turkey and Poland when the war broke out. They arrived in the UK just before our opening day show. They are hoping to expand their unique talents and are looking for fellow BMX & Skateboard Pros in each town we tour, whether its to hang out or to enter completions. They just want to share their skills with other like minded souls.
Krylo Popazov - From Melitopol
Krylo fled his home town of Melitopol, journeyed across Russia and Europe to join us.
Krylo worked as a technician for 1 season and was of great value to Circus Cortex, This was his first time with a travelling circus and his first time to the UK. We all wish him well with his future ventures.
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 horrendous journey from Kharkiv to Hungary 2nd week into the War.
She arrived safely in the UK and spent another season with us before heading off an an amazing new adventure.