Avi Kritzman is an award winning circus artist and foot juggler from the Chicago Area. Avi fell in love with the circus at the age of 23, immediately after his first recreational circus arts classes despite having no prior experience in any physical discipline. This newfound drive to pursue circus professionally brought him to Biddeford, Maine, to The Sellam Circus School. Under the mentorship of master coach Sellam el Ouahabi, Avi developed foundations in static trapeze, hand balancing, contortion, and antipodism, better known as foot juggling.
His work has brought him across the United States, performing with companies and festivals such as Lone Star Circus, American Circus Fest, and 47th Annual Madfest. He is also known to teach workshops in foot juggling and flexibility for adults. Assisting him will be his partner, Alexander. Avi met Alexander on tour and, having enjoyed working together, combined their unique skillsets and acts to create a one of a kind antipode/clown duo.
Alexander started his career as a professional magician for over 10 years performing in all different kinds of venues from bars to theatres and fairs to television. He studied acting at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he was trained in Meisner, Alexander, and Chekhov techniques as well as Viewpoints and dance. Alexander reconnected with his love of clowning when he moved to Vancouver, Washington where he developed and taught a clown program at The Circus Project in Portland, Oregon. When he moved back to Wisconsin, he decided to go all in on his clown career and studied under Master French Clown, Philippe Gaulier, at his personal studio in France. After graduating from Ecole Philippe Gaulier, he came back to the US to develop new material with his mentor, Greg DeSanto and has since toured and performed across the country and works at The International Clown Hall of Fame