Emerging Stars to Keep Your Eyes on: Spotlight on Aerialist Kalista Russell

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Emerging Stars to Keep Your Eyes on: Spotlight on Aerialist Kalista Russell

After another successful year, the VIVA Fest has helped send more young circus artists on to their next stages… including CircusTalk Spotlight winner Kalista Russell.  Let’s get to know this French-American aerialist and her creative drives—as well as highlight the emerging artist standouts!
The fifth edition of the VIVA Fest unfolded from March 15 through 19, 2023, and saw more great young artists take the stage in Las Vegas than ever before. Created to help aspiring performers get new eyes from within the industry on their work, the VIVA Fest aims to provide its competitors with a venue and platform on which to reach for the stars and garner recognition. On the VIVA stage, young international artists, ranging from circus school students to new alumni emerging from the studio, can push themselves and showcase their creations on the eye level of talent scouts and producers from around the globe. And all they have to do is get up there—and bring their very best! ...
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Carolyn Klein

Carolyn Klein is a writer, poet, and circus fan from the Washington, D.C, area. Writing stories about the circus has been a dream of hers since getting introduced to circus fiction around 2014. She recently completed her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, at George Mason University. As a new member of the Circus Talk journalism team, Carolyn looks forward to learning as much as she can about the industry and people behind circus.