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THE CIRK TEAM

Joanna Pawelczyk

Joanna Pawelczyk

Director

Polish born, Joanna Pawelczyk boasts a versatile skill set which includes a long record of remarkable accomplishments in Pole Fitness training and performance. She has been involved in competitive pole dancing for several years both nationally and internationally.

 

In 2011, she opened a pole fitness studio in Durban called UniQ fitness which she later sold to move to Johannesburg to further pursue her career in cirque training.

 

Joanna is a graduate of photography from the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, which has allowed her to work as an independent photographer for many functions and events.

 

She currently sits as a Director at The CIRK, heading and managing the Professional Training Program at The CIRK. Her role is to ensure that the program produces quality performers as well as to choreograph acts that capture the beauty and essence of cirque arts training. Her strong business acumen and competition skills ensure a strong regard for discipline and good technique showcased by performers in The CIRK acts.

Michelle Fok

Michelle Fok

Director / Logistics Manager / Corporate Social Responsibility

Michelle Fok is a multi-skilled professional with training in Architecture from the University of Pretoria, as well as in Public Health studies at honours level from Monash South. Her research for her Honours thesis covered the positive effects of cirque arts training for young people with a positive HIV status.

 

She was introduced to the arts very early in her childhood where she was exposed to various dance disciplines including modern, tap, Latin, contemporary and ballroom. Her career has evolved to include Pilates, aerial and pole training, performing across South Africa and on several international stages.

 

Michelle currently sits as one of the Directors at The CIRK where the combination of her strong academic background and tactful nature play an important role in setting up organisational structures. Her analytical mind and organisational skills have allowed her to setup up strong administrative systems that ensure smooth day-to-day operations across all departments at the CIRK.

Orlando Vargas

Orlando Vargas

Client Liaison and Technical Manager

Orlando is a professional circus artist with 20 years experience in performing, rigging, and managing events. He is an entrepreneur with a vision of making circus arts accessible to everyone. Orlando was formally trained in circus performing arts at Circo Del Mundo school in Chile. He performed in many countries around the world and moved to South Africa in 2006. Having performed in numerous shows in South Africa, including Madame Zingara, he formed his first company in 2008, with his former partner. He has excellent business and people skills and is passionate about social development.

 

Orlando oversees the management of The CIRK. He manages the technical requirements of the venue and serves as the client liaison where he matches the requirements of the client to the strengths of the team for successful client service delivery and satisfaction.

Carl Isernhinke

Carl Isernhinke

Financial Advisor and Investor

Carl Isernhinke’s background and training lies in the finance sector where he began as a derivatives and quantitative analyst for an actuarial consultancy (year). Over the years, Carl has managed to build himself an impressive professional profile which boasts the build-up of several asset management systems and consulting for several high-profile financial service companies as an investment portfolio manager.

 

Cirque is for Carl a great escape from the rigidity of the financial sector. The social structure and alternative methods of attaining fitness health are the two things that continue to fuel Carl’s passion for cirque arts.

 

When not crunching numbers, Carl can be found training in cirque arts and performance at The CIRK. He is an accomplished aerialist, specialising in trapeze, and has experience performing for local as well as international audiences. With his background in finance and passion for cirque arts, he plays the key role of providing guidelines and establishing processes within The CIRK ensuring that the business meets the interests of artists as well as the needs of students and clients.

Marco Vargas

Marco Vargas

Performer and Manager

Marco was introduced to the world of cirque training and performance at the age of six in his home country, Chile. At the age of thirteen, following the path of his brother Orlando, Marco enrolled at the Circo Del Mundo. He spent his years on the training program specialising in Acrobatics and Chinese pole, as well as training in dance, theatre and trapeze.

 

In 2009, Marco moved to South Africa where he continued to develop his skills further and train fulltime as an instructor and performer. Over the years he has travelled to many countries in Africa and the Middle East where he accumulated extensive knowledge and expertise on cirque technique and character performance. Marco’s sociable character, experience in event organisation and interest in diverse cultures contributes to building and maintaining good rapport with the individuals that form part of The CIRK world.

Kerry Hayes

Kerry Hayes

Marketing Consultant

Kerry has been in the media and publishing industry for 13 years, working across numerous sectors from architecture and décor, to food, motoring, and tourism. But her specialty lies in disruptive marketing – built on the foundation of an honours degree in Marketing Communication. This is where Kerry’s boutique marketing brand was born. Disruptive Marketing has worked adhoc with the Vargas brothers for almost three years, and is immensely proud to be working with The CIRK and its amazing team once again. Kerry assists The CIRK with marketing, website editorial and social media management, as well as events support and general writing