Trevor Kafka is an aerialist and floor acrobat based in the Boston area. Graduate of the Professional Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, performed with Boston Circus Guild, TEDx, Phish, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, among others. Specializations include aerial fabric, aerial rope, single point (dance) trapeze, static trapeze, spanish web, aerial hoop. View official website for additional act details, photos, videos, and full rsum. ("Official Website" link above.) Trevor both performs and offers classes in aerial acrobatics.
Price Range: $400-$2000
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Specialty Insurance Agency. No fee for client to be added as additional insured.
What to Expect
Your event attendees will be dazzled and delighted to watch Trevor perform his acrobatic routines in the air or on the ground. Feature acts are available to bring a period of focused attention and ambient acts are available to provide background performance distributed throughout the period of your event.
Some things to know about aerial performance...
-Aerial performance costs upwards of $500. The price is most directly increased with the complexity of the event logistics and additional transportation/costuming/equipment fees incurred. Exceptions may be made for charitable events.
-Venues do not need to be riggable in order to accommodate aerial performance. -Portable freestanding aerial rigs can be set up indoors as well as outdoors.
-There are two types of aerial performance: feature and ambient. Feature acts are 5+ minutes long and feature movement choreography set to music intended to draw focus from start to end. Ambient sets are 10-15 minutes long, typically through multiple sets presented per event, and provide background performance.
-Trevor is available for hire for both feature and ambient performance of aerial silks, single-point trapeze, static trapeze, aerial hoop, and aerial rope.
In the past, Trevor has performed at...
-A staff-appreciation party for MathWorks.
-A holiday party for an architecture firm.
-A marketing meeting for Toyota at Mohegan Sun.
-Cabaret productions in New York City and Boston.
-Four installments of the full-scale production of Cirque of the Dead.
-A New Year's Eve concert for Phish at Madison Square Garden.
-A bar mitzvah.
-A cocktail hour at a charity event.
...plus many more!
Trevor Kafka began his circus arts training at age 13 after Cirque du Soleil's shows Alegría and Quidam ignited his interest in circus arts. He received his first introduction to aerial arts at Circus Smirkus summer camp in Vermont and continued his training in the years to come with various coaches and circus schools in New York City. In May 2011, Trevor graduated from the Professional Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT where he held focuses in single-point trapeze and floor acrobatics under the instruction of former performers of Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. During this time he also completed teacher training programs in various aerial arts disciplines. He is extremely grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities in circus arts that he has been able to be a part of thus far, and is overjoyed to be actively contributing to the further development of circus arts in the northeast through both instruction and performance. Trevor is also a teacher of physics at Wellesley High School and holds degrees in physics and math, as well as devoted a significant portion of his undergraduate studies to Mandarin Chinese and Secondary education.
Trevor has a passion for teaching and sharing his interests with others. He currently teaches weekly circus classes and private lessons at Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA and student teaches physics at Wayland High School in Wayland, MA. Trevor is equipped with a diverse aerial teaching background, including Circus Smirkus Summer Camp, Esh Circus Arts, World Cup Gymnastics, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, American Youth Circus Organization, and Long Lake Camp for the Arts.
Trevor has had the honor of performing his aerial and ground routines at numerous incredible venues, such as Madison Square Garden, Club OBERON, TEDxSomerville, The Revere Hotel, Museum of Fine Arts, Brandeis University, Bard College, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, Galapagos Arts Space, and Coney Island. Trevor currently holds performance insurance through Specialty Insurance Agency/Performers of the US and is a member of the Boston Circus Guild.
To the frequent surprise of many, the things that I struggled with most as a kid were the following things: my deathly fear of heights, my inability to be truly me in front of an unfamiliar face, my lack of interest in anything athletic whatsoever, and my perpetual concern over others' opinions of me. At age thirteen I was introduced to aerial circus arts by a complete fluke. After being inspired by the artists of Cirque du Soleil for their passionate artistry, I attended a circus camp with my mind set on juggling and flexibility. Instead, I grew attached to aerials, for I found that it granted me strength in all of the ways I saw myself as weak; with its practice came a self-trust to sustain comfort off of the ground and a medium through which to challenge what held me back. Even though the notion didn't make sense, this activity that had me put myself in the most personally extreme of situations was the one that I knew I had to pursue. For these reasons, I currently attribute so much of the person whom I have shaped myself into currently to aerial dance and movement-based expression in general. It has enabled me with a freedom of self, mental capacity, and physical awareness that I am doubtful I would have acquired otherwise to such a fulfilling depth. Aerial performance has salvaged a lot in me, and as such has become such an integral part of my life pursuits that it is now simply my only way to be. To me, aerial artistry serves as a personal reaffirmation that only once we master ourselves will we then be able to master the lives in which we live.
Additional Booking Notes
Performance requires 10' radius of unobstructed free space from floor to ceiling.
Freestanding aerial rigs will require a larger footprint depending on how high the rig is set to (higher settings will require a larger footprint). Freestanding aerial rigs are available in the height options 20/18.75/16/14.5/11.5/10 feet and the footprints range 16'x15' to 26.5'x31'. 10' radius minimum of unobstructed free space is required for smaller settings.
Ceilings of at least 10 feet are required. Freestanding aerial rigs ($300) are required for venues that do not have exposed ceiling truss or rig points capable of supporting at least 2000lbs of force and dynamic load.
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