TEMPOS is a contemporary circus troupe that combines elements of physical theatre, dance, and acrobatics. As an ensemble, we strive to create a tension between fluid, rhythmic movement and dynamic, static postures. Like good music, there are moments of quiet shaped by rhythm and melody.

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KRAIG MEAD  

Artistic Director / Training company coach

Acrobat, dancer, clown, and physical theater performer: Kraig has performed as an evil scientist, a 10 foot alien, a dissatisfied KGB agent, a deformed outcast, and many others, but never the good guy, or the romantic lead, or even the funny sidekick. Now that he is the art director, he says he is going to cast himself in all three roles at once.

ANGELA BRYANT  

Production Manager / Training company coach

Intense, caring, supportive and strong. Angela absolutely loves pushing her physical edge. She is a work hard, play harder type of person. Both an acrobat and an aerialist, she absolutely loves creating with Tempos.

AMY BUCHHOLZ - Apprentice

A lifelong movement enthusiast, Amy has studied gymnastics, springboard diving, capoeira, partner acrobatics, & contact improv, with a dabble in kung fu, hula, & swing dancing. And Bright Spot, her pediatric occupational therapy practice, gets her moving with children every day, keeping her young in body and mind. She's delighted to train and create with the fabulous Tempos crew!

BRIAN MEYER

Brian. In Portland for over a decade now has spent at least as many years either climbing rocks, spinning in a capoeira roda, or on a bicycle, and building a partner acrobatics practice. When he’s not training with Tempos, he spends his days working in schools as a counselor to the promising young riff-raff who will shape the world of tomorrow.

ZENA WALAS

Co-Director - Training company coach

Zena has always been inspired by physical theatre, whether it is onstage, in the street, or a skit from old movies. Having grown up a dancer, she joined Tempos as an aerialist in 2013 and enjoys to continuously morph her skillset. Zena can also be found wearing fantastic creature costumes and working on puppet films with her dad, Chris Walas. By day she celebrates local whole grains as a baker alongside her husband, Matt Kedzie, with the team at Seastar Bakery and Handsome Pizza.

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BEE TSUCHAN - Apprentice

Bee Tsuchen discovered AcroYoga 9 years ago, and fell in love. She now has taught classes and workshops in Oregon for 3 years, including founding Queer & Trans Acroyoga Portland. She melds dance, contact improv, political awareness, acrobatics and aerial arts into her movement expression.

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RACHEL PLIES  

Training company coach

Yoga therapist, acrobat, athlete and hip hopper. Rachel loves to move and is pretty much up for anything as long as a partner is involved. She teaches yoga and AcroYoga and is one of the co-creators of unfold yoga studio. She offers a calm and focused presence to this creative and off the wall group. (who she loves dearly!)

Rachel is currently taking the season off from performing while she grows a future acrobat in her belly.

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NICK JOHN

Nick brings to stage a lifetime of eclectic interests in all flavors of movement. Ranging from dance, long-distance triathlons, rock climbing, and mountaineering, Nick began training in the circus arts in 2014, specializing in aerial rope and acrobatic movement. Nick loves to depict the sides of life you rarely see on stage: the awkward, uncomfortable, and vulnerable moments we all experience in our lives.

ALEX YUST - Apprentice

Alex Yust was first introduced to the world of acrobatics in the Seattle area while working as an Engineer in 2014. What began as a casual evening workout quickly evolved into a rigorous training schedule. Since moving to Portland, Alex has trained trapeze, AcroYoga, physical theater, contemporary dance and partner acrobatics.

LIA OVELAR

Lia is happiest when she is moving and dancing. Her love of movement has taken various forms, but began with static trapeze. This evolved to a passion for dance trapeze act-creation and performance. More recently she has loved the thrill and discipline of learning partner acrobatics. She is beyond excited to incorporate her new acrobatic skillset to the act-creation process with the Tempos crew. When Lia is not training, she runs a small environmental consulting company, Cor Environmental, where the primary focus is pollution mitigation.

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Jordie Campbell - Guest Artist

Jordie Campbell is an interdisciplinary circus performer and coach based out of Portland, OR. From a very small age she couldn’t stop moving and began dancing and competing in gymnastics. She has trained, performed, and competed in dance styles from breaking to contemporary and jazz. Her love of aerial dance began in 2012 and she’s been. She has trained with a variety of coaches from different disciplines from all over the world and has relished the process of developing her own style. With over 10 years of performance experience she has worked and performed with an array of apparatus on a variety of stages from corporate work to full length productions. Specializing in fabric and sling in addition to a signature blend of ground acrobatics, dance, and contortion she loves to create movement that is unique.

LUCAS JONES - Musician

Drummer, Pianist, and music composer, Lucas has been studying and creating music since childhood with a balance of classical training and improvisation.  Driven by an insatiable curiosity for life and wonder, Lucas thrives through textured collaborative performance art and bringing new creations into the world. When he’s not creating music, he stays busy by trying to figure out why he was cast as the role of human on the Planet Earth

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SEAN DALY - Musician

Sean relaxes from his engineering career by playing musician by night. Playing both upright and electric bass with Arabic bands in the Northwest, he enjoys performing the complexities of eastern music to the exotic style of belly dancers. Sean has also fallen in love with creating music for contemporary circus shows, striving to enhance their physically demanding and amazingly creative feats with musical soundscapes, especially those of Tempos. And on the side he enjoys sitting in with jazz groups or strumming oldies on the guitar.