The Owl and The Pussycat
Paul Tracogna and Adrienne Jack-Sands met in Seattle at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in 2012, though it wasn’t until 2015 that they had the opportunity to create a trapeze duet inspired by the story of their relationship.
Born in Seattle, USA, on May 25, 1984, Adrienne trained in classical ballet at the American Ballet Theatre and began her performing career as a dancer. She trained in aerials in Seattle and Montreal (although she was originally self-taught), and then worked internationally both as a solo artist and as part of an ensemble, with appearances at the Friedrichsbau Varieté in Stuttgart, Teatro Circo Price in Madrid, and as a finalist on NBC's television show America’s Got Talent.
An Australian native, Paul was born in Sydney on November 17, 1983. Self-trained, he started working professionally as an aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc. at Lennon Brothers Circus in Australia in 2005. He furthered his training under Rodleigh Stevens (of the Flying Rodleighs) for a little while in 2007, and then continued to work as a flying trapezeAerial act in which an acrobat is propelled from a trapeze to a catcher, or to another trapeze. (See also: Short-distance Flying Trapeze) artist, performing in Australia, Europe and the United States. The highlight of his career was being the first Australian flying trapezeAerial act in which an acrobat is propelled from a trapeze to a catcher, or to another trapeze. (See also: Short-distance Flying Trapeze) artist to work at the fabled Cirque D’Hiver in Paris, the place that saw the birth of the flying trapezeAerial act in which an acrobat is propelled from a trapeze to a catcher, or to another trapeze. (See also: Short-distance Flying Trapeze), with the Flying Bull Dancers in 2008.
Paul and Adrienne created their first trapeze adagioAcrobatic act, generally involving a man and a woman, presented in a slow or romantic mood. together in 2015 and toured with it in Australia, then brought it to Europe at the Palazzo Spiegelpaläst in Nürnberg and Hamburg, Germany. They created The Owl and The Pussycat in 2017, and premiered it at the at the 16th International Youth Festival of Circus Arts, at Circus Nikulin in Moscow in September 2017, where they were awarded the "Silver Elephant" award.
- Video: The Owl & The Pussycat, trapeze duet, at Circus Nikulin in Moscow (2017)