By Dominique Jando
Aurelia Cats was born July 12, 1979 at Ares, France; her mother was a schoolteacher and her father, a mechanics. Nothing much to do with the circus, if not for the fact that at age eight, she enrolled in the children program of Annie Fratellini’s Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Paris. There she found her true vocation: At age ten, she had already won the K d’Or (first prize) at the Festival Première Rampe in Monte Carlo—the youth circus version of the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo!
She was trained in all circus disciplines, from acrobatics to horse vaulting, by a series of extremely brilliant circus teachers, among whom: Enzo Larrible, Davis Bogino, Claude Victoria, Lucio Nicolodi, Manolo Dos Santos, Enzo Cardona, and Domenico Caroli. Pauline Palacy and Sacha Dubrovsky made her an aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc..
Aurelia made her professional debut in 1993: She was fourteen years old. Two years later, her trapeze act was featured at the Lido, the legendary Parisian cabaret. That year (1995), she participated in the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, where she won the Gold Medal in the Cirque de l’Avenir category (for performers sixteen years old and under), and the Silver Medal at the Festival of Riva del Garda in Italy. The following year, she won the Gold Medal at the Festival Cirkus Princessan in Stokholm.
This was just the beginning of a brilliant career that took her from circus to theater, from varieté(German, from the French: ''variété'') A German variety show whose acts are mostly circus acts, performed in a cabaret atmosphere. Very popular in Germany before WWII, Varieté shows have experienced a renaissance since the 1980s. to television. Among many other venues, she has been featured at Cirkus Scott in Sweden; the Cirque d’Hiver-Bouglione, the Casino de Paris, the Olympia Music-Hall, and the Lido in Paris; TigerPalast, Wintergarten, Apollo, Palazzo in Germany; Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle and San Francisco; and in special events for Cirque du Soleil. She has appeared in several TV shows in Europe, including Mireille Dumas’s Aurelia Cats in France, and she was a judge on the NBC TV series, Celebrity Circus, in the United States (2008).
Aurelia Cats resides in Switzerland, and although she is still busy as a performer, she manages a production and talent company, Art Vision, with Viktor Kee, Alexandre Grimailo, and Oleg Izossimov. She has also sat on the juries of the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (2005) and the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo (2008).