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 

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!

ZENA WALAS

Co- Artistic 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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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 nutures her future acrobat Juniper.

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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 

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.

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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.

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ALLEN GRIMM

Data scientist by day, acrobat by night, Grimm balances his life of math and programming with his passion for movement. Having found a way to merge the raw physicality of mountain biking with the subtle connection of Argentine tango, he found his home in partner acrobatics.