Meet ENC (École Nationale de Cirque, Montréal) graduate Ron Oppenheimer! As the youngest of four siblings growing up in California, Oppenheimer followed his siblings’ lead and trained in gymnastics and dance after school. Oppenheimer joined San Francisco Circus Center’s Youth Circus at age 10 and there he was introduced to Chinese acrobatics by Master Lu Yi. He then went on to audition for and attend ENC.
He says, “If I had not come to ENC, I would be in the process of completing a degree in computer science from MIT. It’s hard to describe my love for circus in words. I love being able to flip around and use my body.”
He specialized in Chinese pole and aerial rope at ENC, saying “Chinese pole feels like the perfect balance of an aerial and ground apparatus. There are infinite ways to move on it.”
Oppenheimer says he will miss his instructors the most when he leaves ENC, “Looking back on the past three years, I am going to miss all of my incredible coaches. Although I’m staying in touch with them, I won’t get to see and train with them everyday.” His full act premiered along with his fellow graduates’ acts in the Epreuve Synthesis presentation Où vont les fleurs? at the TOHU in Montréal May 29th – June 9th 2019.
Check out some of Oppenheimer’s technical achievements on Chinese Pole in this teaser of his graduating act.
Feature photo courtesy of Or Oppenheimer