Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams, Straps Artists, Cirque de Demain
Americans Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams have quite a story to tell. Sasha grew up in southern California, near Los Angeles. Having jettisoned an academic career for a circus life, she performed in various companies before spending three years in Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles: Love in Las Vegas. Andrew is from Rochester, New York State, and as a child spent seven summers touring with Circus Smirkus. Later, he switched from a degree in engineering to theatre studies and modern dance. He performed in a double straps act with his then wife, Erika, and has also appeared in Soleil’s risqué adult show Zumanity, and in Spiegelworld’s Absinthe, both in Las Vegas. He once did a week’s fill-in in a Louie Knie Jr show in Salzburg, Austria, about which he says: “I was on after the donkey act and before the goats… lots of farm animals in that show!”
In February 2017, in Sarasota, Florida, Andrew was part of an eight-person high-wire pyramid, including Nik, Rijana and Rietta Wallenda. In training for a show at Circus Sarasota, the pyramid became unstable and five of the performers fell 30 feet from the wires. Andrew broke both feet and his pelvis. After almost a year of recovery, he and Sasha are set to compete at the 39th Cirque de Demain festival at Cirque Phénix in Paris, under the name The Silhouette. They took time off from preparing for the competition to tell their story to Adrian Arratoon.
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