Boris Verkhovsky and Shana Carroll
Acrobatic Performance Designers
A former athlete in the Russian Men’s National Team in Sport Acrobatics, Boris Verkhovsky immigrated to Canada from Byelorussia in 1978 following studies in physical education and sports (specializing in coaching). Later, he became head coach of the Canadian National Trampoline and Tumbling Team and, in 1993, was approached by Cirque du Soleil to consult on a proposed act for the show Mystère. Boris Verkhovsky was named head coach of acrobatic training and is currently director of acrobatic performance and training at Cirque du Soleil. He also contributes his expertise to the design of acrobatic acts for new shows. This is his first Cirque du Soleil show as an Acrobatic Performance Designer.
Shana Carroll is cofounder, co-artistic director and main choreographer of Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main. Born and raised in Berkeley California, Shana began her circus career with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, launching a 20-year career as a trapeze artist. A graduate from Montreal’s National Circus School in 1993, she went on to perform in a dozen circuses and dance companies around the world, including seven years with Cirque du Soleil as a solo trapeze artist on Saltimbanco. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her choreographies in Traces (Les 7 doigts de la main) and choreographed three gold-medal-winning acts at the Festival mondial du Cirque de Demain. This is her first Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Performance Designer.