Alexandra Feit
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton


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Alexandra Feit

I grew up in Northern New Jersey, the eldest of 3. From a young age, I loved performing: I started singing in elementary school, and as my interests broadened, I explored a cappella, marching band, and straight and musical theatre through grade school.

After discovering circus towards the end of high school, I began doing acro yoga, and continued through college. I graduated with a degree in Food Science and Technology and moved to Ithaca, New York for work. I immediately began taking circus classes in earnest at Circus Culture, and quickly progressed beyond the level that was offered.

Two years after staring to pursue circus, I moved in Philadelphia to pursue circus at a professional level as a member of the inaugural class of Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. I am currently entering my third and final year, and will be graduating in May 2020 with a focus on cyr wheel and rope/corde lisse.


 Artistic Statement


Why I do circus…

American society today is structured in a way that surrounds us with perfection, focusing on achieving and accomplishing. No matter where we look, we are bombarded with beautiful, accomplished, happy people. While social media is widely to blame for this, it is not the only culprit. We hold ourselves to this fictitious metric of success, and end up less fulfilled as a result. I have fallen prey to this societal trap too often, and am using circus to explore my own relationship with this metric. As an artist, two things are key in my work: strength & vulnerability. I explore the juxtaposition of these conflicting ideas and their relationship with perfectionism through pushing the limits of physical strength and emotional vulnerability. I connect with my audience through universal fear and insecurity; with cyr wheel, aerial rope, and acrobatics, I use circus to create a physical embodiment of these emotions. I endeavor to lead audiences on an emotional journey, and leave them with a greater understanding of themselves.