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Martin Alvez, Circus Performer, Coach, Photographer, Swansea

I was born in São Paulo, Brazil. I started to train artistic gymnastics at 7 years old. At 14 years old I moved to Argentina and after some years I was awarded a place on the elite national team. After competing in artistic gymnastics for many years I competed in sports aerobics gymnastics and became the Argentinian National Champion. My coach was Alexander Pozdniakov, a two time world champion in sports acrobatics; after training he would teach me some sports acrobatics duo tricks. As he worked at a circus school in Buenos Aires he invited me to work on a hand to hand act for a big corporate event and this was my first connection with the circus world. At the event I met circus performers, saw different circus disciplines and watched an aerial straps act for the first time. Inspired by what I saw I continued to perform and enjoyed the work.

The following year I returned to Brazil, quit gymnastics and fully commited to circus training. In São Paulo I met Circo Vox , a contemporary circus in Brazil, and began training with them. There I specialised in aerial straps, hand balancing and hand to hand, but also learned other circus disciplines while gaining experience performing at events and on television.

In 2004 I went to Montreal, Canada to train and develop a hand to hand act with Alexander Pozdniakov and I auditioned for Cirque du Soleil for the first time.

After 3 months training in Canada I worked for various circus companies, some traditional and some contemporary. I gained experience and developed my artistic and technical skills. I also began teaching at different Circus schools, working with different age groups and coaching beginners to professionals.

In 2007 I received my first international contract at a dinnershow in South Africa, called Madame Zingara. There I performed aerial straps, hand balancing and a hand to hand act with Ivan Silva, in a beautiful speigeltent. In South Africa I also performed for Bryan Mynhardt in Casino shows, theme parks and at corporate events. 

In 2008 went to Rome to be part of the Golden Circus Festival where I won silver prize with my aerial straps act. And in 2009 I got my first contract with Cirque du Soleil in the ZAIA production in Macau. There I performed a duo and solo straps act and a hand balancing act.

In 2012 I left Cirque du Soleil and trained in Montreal to improve my aerial straps and handbalancing disciplines. Then in 2013 I was invited by Circo Vox to go to a festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Following this I went to Leipzig, Germany to perform at the Newcommershow Festival at the Krystalpallast with my solo act.


Martin Alvez in Cape Town, SA. Martin Alvez, Circus Performer, Coach, Photographer, Swansea

After performing in Germany I stayed in Europe visiting friends and spent some time in London with my old hand to hand partner Ivan Silva. While training at the National Centre of Circus Arts in London I met Bethan Williams and we began training duo straps. After a short period of time training together we were offered a contract at Madame Zingara where we performed for two years, touring South Africa.

We went on to work in other dinnershows, watershows, Tv shows (Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde) and corporate events. We created one of the first flying pole duos which debuted at the Artistika Festival in Switzerland and were awarded the bronze jury prize alongside the audience choice award.

In 2018 we performed duo straps with Cirque du Soleil in a touring show called OVO with where we toured South America and were part-way through the U.S tour when the pandemic closed all shows.

Since the pandemic I have settled in South Wales, Swansea where I continue to perform at events, and am in the process of opening my own business coaching circus.

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