Kaleidoscope: November 2017

CirqueLouis returns to The Kentucky Center for our 2017-18 season

In 2017 CirqueLouis returns to the Bomhard theater on November 3rd and 4th for a two night run of the original cirque theatre production “Kaleidoscope”.  

Join us this fall on a colorful adventure in Kaleidoscope. Inspired by the centuries-old toy; vivid colors and shape shifting form will be brought to life by CirqueLouis’ aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats. Beyond its rich visual surface, Kaleidoscope examines the symbolism of color, the subdivision of the individual, and reintegration of parts to the collective whole.

The experience begins at 7:00 p.m. in the lobby as the CirqueLouis cast guides the audience to the theater through interactive performance.  But do it quick – almost half of our tickets are already gone!

Get your tickets here for this Louisville original featuring 40 local performance artists.

Click here for the Do 502 Ticket giveaway for Kaleidoscope on November 3rd!

Choreography and Artistic Direction by Jordan Clark
Original Concept by Christine Moondancer

Neutrals Cast

Terri Apple
Terri was first introduced to circus arts when her daughter wanted to fly. Seeing all the fun her daughter was having, Terri joined in! Beginning as a Fire Eater with Turners Circus, she eventually found her true calling; goofing around on stage! She has trained with the NY Goofs and appeared as a Teetotaler turned Flapper in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), a Trickster in Pinocchio (2016), and a troll sister in East Of The Sun (2017). Off stage, Terri enjoys building props and costumes and even shares a few sound effects for both Turners Circus and CirqueLouis productions. 

Jordan Clark
(Interim Artistic Director, Choreography Director)
Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience.

After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand balancing act in over 20 counties as well as at sea.

Jordan is excited to be back in his hometown and see the circus community growing here. He regularly performs with CirqueLouis at events around the city and played the role of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), the Ringmaster in Pinocchio (2016), and the Bear Prince in East of the Sun (2017). He looks forward to continuing to share the magic of circus with this city.

Lynley Elliott
(President, Founder)
Born fourth into a performing family, Lynley has spent her whole life involved in the circus. She first became part of Turners Circus as an infant, and in 2008 stepped in as Circus Director. Through her leadership and vision, she helped initiate the transformation of the over 65 year old program into the year round training and performance entity that it is today.

Lynley has been instrumental in bringing new apparatus into Turners Circus, as she did in 2008 with the introduction of Silks and in 2014 with the creation of Chadelyra, increasing her own 30+ year repertoire of Static, Flying and Triple Trapeze, Casting, Lyra, Teeterboard, Swinging Ladders, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Adagio and Acro-Balance.

In May of 2015 she joined forces with her former cheer partner and Trapeze/Chandelyra doubles partner, Abbie Springer, and Turners Circus Artistic Director, Christine Moondancer, to form CirqueLouis in order to continue challenging the status quo by supporting new ideas, acts and concepts within the Louisville circus arts community.

Lily Kaelin
Lily is a Tumbler and Acrobat and has been perfecting her skills for eight years. She trains and is an Assistant Instructor for Beginner and Intermediate level classes at Ellen’s School of Dance. Lily performed both tumbling and carousel in Pinocchio (2016), which was her first circus production. Lily was also featured as a contortionist in East of the Sun (2017). Outside of tumbling and circus, Lily enjoys playing the ukulele and powderpuff football.

Terri Kendall
Terri is a passionate Aerialist and instructor who has trained throughout the US since 2010. Her specialties include Corde Lisse/Spanish Webs, Static Trapeze, Silks and Lyra. Terri has performed with CirqueLouis at city wide events and in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Terri is the owner of XALT, an aerial company which strives to inspire others to live their physical and mental potential and author of Be Your Best Self, A Holistic Plan for Emotional Wellness.

Ashley Kennedy
Ashley has been involved with aerial arts since she was a child. At just five years old, she didn’t hesitate a bit when her dad swung her from the cradle, an apparatus 20 feet off the ground. From that point forward, she was addicted. Her entire family was a circus family for years, and she hopes to continue that tradition. She works in medical sales, has a husband and two beautiful young girls. She already has the girls practicing their flying skills– “no one is too young or too old in the circus world!”

Morgan Lewis
Morgan is currently the only Rolla Bolla circus performer in Louisville Ky. Morgan has been doing Rolla Bolla for 3 years. In 2016, she really got serious about the discipline of the act and started performing. She is excited to see where the circus will take her in the future. Morgan is a youth coach at Suspend Louisville where she shares her passion for the circus with the kids she teaches. This is the first time Morgan has performed with CirqueLouis.

Lee Mai
(Director of  Outreach)
Lee is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). In addition to performing, Lee is also an instructor for CirqueLouis’ educational outreach and Social Circus program, CirqueCompassion. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.

Ezra Pappano
Ezra brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in many different disciplines to the stage. He has performed in several CirqueLouis productions and has performed with Turners Circus since 2010. Ezra has also performed with the Peacock Children’s Theater since 2011. When he’s not training or performing, Ezra enjoys camping and spending time outside, as well as playing with his two siblings, Elliott and Lucia. 

Emily Price
Emily is a Dancer and Aerialist who recently appeared as Titania in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), then the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (2017). She was also the Dance Choreographer/Instructor for Turners Circus, Stagecoach (2017).  Aside from hanging from the gym ceiling or working in the dance studio, Emily’s other loves include practicing yoga, raising five children with her supportive husband and helping people buy and sell property through her real estate company, The Price Group at Keller Williams.

Lily Price
Lily is an Aerialist and Dancer who appeared last summer in her first circus production on Hammock as Moth in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), as well as a Marionette in Pinocchio (2016). She also performed in her first Turners Circus in Stagecoach (2017). Lily is also currently dancing with Louisville Dance Alliance. Aside from hanging high in the sky or leaping through the air, Lily loves spending time with her family and friends.

Ella Price
Ella is a Dancer as well as an Aerialist who appeared in her first circus production playing Cobweb in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). She also danced and performed hammock in CirqueLouis’ Pinocchio (2016), and performed contortion in CirqueLouis’ East Of The Sun (2017). She is a former student of the Louisville Ballet School who currently dances with Louisville Dance Alliance. She has been training in aerials with Turners Circus since 2015 and performed in their annual spring production, Stagecoach (2017). Besides loving the stage, Ella loves spending time with friends and family including her four siblings.

Leighann Pusateri
Leighann is an Aerialist who regularly performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. She appeared as a smuggler on Webs in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), as a Big Top Performer on Webs and Lady-in-Waiting on Silks in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and as a Clownfish in Pinocchio (2016). She is a former gymnast who has been performing since a very young age, including Turners Circus annual production since 1978. When not in the air, Leighann enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Alyssa Schlimm
Alyssa is thrilled to be involved in another CirqueLouis production. She formerly appeared in a comedic role in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015). Beginning gymnastics at age 9, Alyssa has been performing with Turners Circus since 1996 and specializes in Silks, Spanish Webs, Lyra and Static Trapeze and loves every opportunity to do her favorite thing in the world on stage. When she is not “circusing” she loves her “Big Girl Job” at Sacred Heart Academy and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Laura Shahan
Laura specializes in Aerial Silks and Spanish Web, and recently added Fire-Eating to her repertoire. She has performed with CirqueLouis at many local events as well as appearing on Silks in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), Spanish Webs and Silks in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and Silks in Pinocchio (2016). When not practicing or teaching aerials arts, Laura is usually involved in outdoor activities or piloting herself around Kentucky’s airports. Laura has a hard time keeping her feet on the ground!

Abbie Springer
(Director of Development, Founder)
Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope and Lyra through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).

Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions, Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city

Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high-level training, and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.

Asher Taylor-Dawson
(not pictured)
A dancer and aerialist, Asher entered the performing arts through the medium of ballet as a young child and began training in circus arts in 2015. He immediately fell in love with acro-balancing and dance trapeze and continues to explore new apparatuses whenever opportunity arises. He greatly enjoys the opportunities that CirqueLouis affords to blend elements of classical dance with circus arts and to engage in a collaborative creative process with fellow movement artists. Asher lives in the Iroquois Park neighborhood with his husband, Denis, and their cat, Merkah.

Cindi Wolf
Cindi was bitten by the Circus Bug in the 1970’s when her children joined Turners Circus. Over the next 40+ years her husband and all 7 children got involved, while she worked as Circus Director. Cindi has performed with 4 daughters and a granddaughter on Swinging Ladders and she continues her commitment to circus through performance and  Fire-Eating instruction. Cindi appeared in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) as a Teetotaler turned Flapper and as Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016).

Animation Cast

Jasmine Ayers
Jasmine has been studying aerials for nearly 2 years, primarily training at Turners Circus. She has been a self-taught hula hooper for three and a half years. She’s performed with CirqueLouis before in Pinocchio (2017), and has taken the stage for various Turners Circus productions such as Stagecoach, Maximus, Fireside and more. She is currently a practicing LPN, and a full-time student studying special education at the University of Louisville.

Casey Biles
Casey Biles has been performing in ballroom dance for 4 years and continues her dance education with belly dance and other types of social dance. She has been practicing and performing aerials for around a year and a half at American Turners. She has performed in several of their revues and hopes to continue growing as an aerialist, dancer, and performer. This is Casey’s first CirqueLouis production.

Michael Crinot
Michael Crinot began to juggle in elementary school and has performed with Turners Circus since 2012. He began his study of dance at Louisville Dance Alliance in 2014 and enjoys performing hip hop and modern dance in their studio and company shows. Michael’s first show with CirqueLouis was East of the Sun (2017). Michael also enjoys playing soccer, traveling, studying languages, math, and science at St. Francis and having fun with his friends and family near and far


Katie Falls
Katie began her circus arts training with Turners Circus 2016 spring production Bootleg. She was scouted for CirqueLouis because of her infectiously adorable personality and dynamic stage presence and appeared to rave reviews in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), followed by the Snail in Pinocchio (2016). As the youngest performer with CirqueLouis, she is thrilled to be among such an amazing cast. Katie can always be found with a dance in her step, a song on her lips, and a cartwheel bursting to get out.

Zach Haley
Zachary is a Purdue grad who found aerials through a college friend who posted about it one time on social media. It sounded like something neat, so he tried it on a whim in October of 2015, and has been hooked ever since. He trains when he can on a variety of apparatus, including but not limited to silks, sling, rope, lyra, aerial pole, and static trapeze in both a single performer and double performer context. When not climbing things and hanging off of them, he enjoys board games, hiking, cosplay, terrible puns, and tinkering with computers.

Carmen Kelly
Carmen started performing at the age of 9 with Turners Circus. Carmen has previously performed in Turners Circus’ production of Bootleg (2016). This is Carmen’s first performance with CirqueLouis, and she is excited to be performing with her family and friends. Carmen is a Plate Spinner, Acro-Balancer and is in the early stages of becoming an Aerialist. When Carmen is not practicing her circus skills, she is found reading, playing volleyball and critiquing her hula hooping and tumbling skills.

Jyleigh Kelly
Jyleigh started performing at the age of 7 with Turners Circus. Jyleigh has previously performed in Turners Circus’ production of Bootleg (2015). This is Jyleigh’s first performance with CirqueLouis, and she will win over the hearts of the audience with her infectious smile and her love for performing. Jyleigh is an Acro-Balancer, Plate Spinner and is in the early stages of becoming an Aerialist. When Jyleigh is not engaged in a circus act, she can be found tumbling, creating a science experiment, or working hard at improving her archery skills.

Henry Marchal
As the youngest of three boys, Henry has enjoyed being in the spotlight most of his life. He loved being in his first circus production in the spring of 2017 with Turners in Stagecoach. After joining the social circus at CirqueLouis, he has expanded his circus skills from trampoline and mini trampoline to include juggling and acro balancing. Kaleidoscope will be his first performance with CirqueLouis. Outside of circus he enjoys being on the wrestling team, gymnastics, and flipping.

Andrew Marchal
Andrew was intrigued watching his younger brother perform in the Turners circus production. He loved watching the show and attended almost all of the performances. Afterward, he commented that he could be the base for an acro performance next year. He and his brother joined CirqueLouis’ social circus over the summer where they learned juggling and acro balancing. This is his first ever circus performance and he loves being part of CirqueLouis. In addition to the circus, Andrew is a state ranked high school wrestler and enjoys being in the band and on the cross country team.

Lisette Markham
Lisette is from a long family history of performers; her Mother, Grandmother, and HER grandmother were all classical singers.  Her Mother and Grandmother traveled on a circus train performing with vaudeville.  She started early with folk and ballet classes at 5 years old, and voice lessons with her grandmother.  Lisette has performed for over 30 years as an Actor, Singer, Dancer, and Mime.  She has appeared with Music Theatre Louisville, Clarksville Little Theater, Actors Theater, the Kentucky Opera, Juneteenth Legacy Theater, and Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  She has also performed in film and television, with two indie films coming out in 2017.  She trained in classic pantomime with Mick Sgroi, a student of Marcel Marceau and has over 25 years of training in ballet, jazz, and tap.  When not performing, Lisette is a counselor with a private practice, loves genealogy research, travel with her family, her church choir, and volunteer work.

Maerose Monin
Maerose is an Aerialist and Acrobat who has been studying circus arts since 2011 and is a regular performer in Turners Circus Revues and annual spring productions. Her preferred apparatus is Static Trapeze, but performs on a variety of aerials. Maerose performed in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), followed by Pinocchio (2016), both on Carousel. She then performed on aerial cube for East of the Sun (2017). When not engaged in circus arts, Maerose is working on enhancing her inner scientist.

Vicky Smith
Vicky is a multi-faceted circus performer; while her focus is on aerial apparatus, such as silks, trapeze, aerial rope, casting, and more, she stays balanced by practicing acrobalancing with her husband, Todd. Vicky has performed with CirqueLouis in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Nights Circus (2016), Pinocchio (2016), and has performed at numerous events with the company. When she’s not in the air, you can find Vicky running and spending time with her family.

Olivia Storment
Olivia is a Contortionist and Aerialist who has performed with CirqueLouis several times. Olivia previously performed in the opening act as an Amazon Warrior in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer’s Night Circus (2016) at the Iroquois Amphitheater, then as the Gorilla Judge in Pinocchio (2016). She regularly trains in aerials at Turners Circus. When she is not in the air, Olivia loves horseback riding.

Annabelle Springer
A regular circus performer since age 3, Annabelle is a Ball Walker, Acro-Balancer and budding Aerialist who performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. She has appeared in all of CirqueLouis’ previous productions, Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) in the Children’s Scene, as a Ball Walker in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and a Mouse as a Ball Walker in Pinocchio (2016). When not balancing on circus props, Annabelle devours books and loves challenging herself with computer and math skills.

Carter Webb
(Director of Marketing)
As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four.  She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012, Pole.  She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013.

Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, and Ladders with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, and CirqueLouis.  She performed on Pole in CirqueLouis’ debut production of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and on Aerial Pole in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016).

Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Mike, while traveling on outdoor adventures.

Anita Yussman
Anita is an Aerialist who also enjoys Clowning and Acting in Circus productions. She performed on Pole and Pole Silks in Turners Circus’ Checkmate (2015) and appeared as “Neets” and on Lyra in Turners Circus’ Bootleg (2016). In addition, she has performed at several of Turners Circus Revues. Anita hit the stage with CirqueLouis for the first time as a Bootlegger in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015). She enjoys spending time with her 14 year old daughter, is an avid history buff, and loves to live life to its fullest.

All headshots by AER Portrait.

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