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Alexandre Sacha Pavlata is a fifth-generation Czech circus artist, master aerialist and world-renown circus arts teacher.  He grew up with his traveling circus family in a wooden circus wagon which crisscrossed Europe and North Africa presenting their famous unicycle and trampoline act under big tops all over the globe. From horses to high wire and everything in between, Sacha has since performed nearly every kind of circus act you could imagine.

Sacha's circus heritage goes back 5 generations on both sides.  His mother, Hungarian-born Anna Dubsky, came from a long line of Risley Act performers (the acrobatic foot juggling of people), and his father, Czech-born Karl Pavlata, descended from a family of aerialists known for their great physical strength and versatility in the air.


In addition to performing in his family's act as a child, Sacha grew up helping put up and take down circus tents and master all the rigging under a Big Top.  His technical expertise on the circus lot is legendary throughout the world, and he is known especially for his careful attention to safety.

Sacha  taught at the Conservatoire National du Cirque in Paris from 1975-1979 and performed as a member of the Bertini Unicycle Troupe with Cirque Bouglione, a French circus.

As a member of the New York City-based Big Apple Circus in the 1980s, Pavlata performed the Cloud Swing and a world class Russian Barre act.  He also brought the Bertini family over from Europe to perform in the Big Apple Circus ring.  While starring with the Big Apple Circus, he was master teacher for the New York School of Circus Arts. Sacha was also the technical mastermind behind putting up the Big Apple's Big Top tent in Lincoln Center.

Sacha has trained such stars as Andre Gower and Nicole Eggert for the 1987 television special “Circus of the Stars.” Additionally, he consulted for Canada’s Cirque du Soleil to train new acts for the 1986 season.

Sacha was featured in Paul Reuban’s “Big Top Pee Wee” and was the circus arts instructor for the film. He trained the original Broadway cast of Barnum including Stacie Keach, as well as the cast of the national touring company, the Australian company, and Michael Crawford’s London version of the show.

Sacha is a co-founder of Circus Flora and former director and founder of the Circus Flora Circus Arts School.  He served as master circus  teacher for Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis and residencies during Circus Flora’s National tours. He teaches circus arts in the summer at  Sacha's St. Louis School of Circus Arts. 

In 1998, Pavlata joined the Flying Wallendas to help create the famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire, an incredible feat for which they won the Silver Clown at the prestigious Monte Carlo Festival du Cirque in 2003.

Sacha tours worldwide performing his trapeze duet with aerial ballet partners  Melinda Marsh Heywood and Lisa Giobbi.  Together with Melinda, Sacha co-created Cirque Passion.  They have delighted audiences at  festivals, circuses galas and theatrical cabarets worldwide.

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Sacha Pavlata as "Tzigan" in Circus Flora's 2005 Production
Photo by Harald Boerstler.

Uno dei fondatori del Circo Flora, combina la grazia di un ballerino eclettico alla potenza di un ginnasta, per la gioia di gionvani ed anziani.

Mr. Pavlata e un artista della sesta generazione circense ed un insegnante delle arti circensi, che emigro dalla Cecoslovacchia nel 1965.

E stato Master Teacher, Tentmaster et Star Performer con il big apple circus de new york, dopo essersi esibito per molti anni en Europa ed aver insegnato presso il conservatoire nationale du cirque di Parigi.

Mr. Pavlata ha una fama a livello mondiale per la sua abilita como maestro nonche allenatore di altri artisti ed ha messo questa sua grande capacita al servizio di molte produzioni teatrali e cinemografiche includendo il cast Australiano della commedia di Broadway Barnum, Circus of the Stars per la televisione, la Conadese Cirque du Soleil e Big Top Pee Wee della Paramount Pictures.

The Flying Wallenda's 7-Person Pyramid
Sacha Pavlata is 3rd man on the bottom.



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