The Artist Athlete is coming to you from Bangkok this week where Shannon is training and having lunch with circus coach and choreographer Chloé Farah. Chloé initially started her circus training as a flying trapeze artist before an accident led her to enroll in the Ecole Nationale de Cirque’s work-based learning program (ACS Instructor Training). She graduated under the instruction of famed circus coach, Victor Fomine, with a degree specializing in aerial straps. She now works as a circus coach and choreographer for individual artists and with Cirque du Soliel. In this interview, Chloé gives her unique perspective on how she trains artists as well as what she believes makes an excellent act.

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This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.

Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade, she has been a freelance artist: giving workshops and classes across 7 countries and working on and back stage for both traditional and contemporary circus shows in the US, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on post-modern physical theater (how’s that for a mouthful?). She founded The Artist Athlete in 2018 as a means to produce educational materials for aerial artists and a podcast in which she interviews experts in the circus industry about their careers. If you’re reading this, you’re probably listening to it. Thank you!

She currently lives in Atlanta, GA USA, but gravitates towards whichever circus community is the warmest.

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