By Dominique Jando
Uzeyir Novruzov was born in Eysk, Russia, in a family of Azerbaijani origins. As a teenager, Uzeyir attended music school and unbounded his energy in "amateur circuses," the Russian equivalent of youth circus schools. He ended up, quite unnaturally, in a cooking institute. Yet, Uzeyir never gave up his circus ambitions and continued his acrobatic training. He showed a natural gift for balance, and his joyful energy combined with his musical and dancing abilities didn’t remained unnoticed: In 1995, he was accepted at the illustrious Moscow’s circus school, the State Circus and Variety College. He graduated three years later with his unsupported ladder act (free ladderUnsupported vertical ladder on which acrobats perform balancing and/or juggling tricks.), and soon after was a laureate of the All-Union Circus Competition, arguably one of the world’s most difficult circus competitions, considering the very high level of circus training in Russia. He then became a member of Moscow’s Bolshoï Circus, on Vernadsky Boulevard (one of the Russian capital’s two permanent circuses), where he was remarked by the Big Apple Circus. Uzeyir came to the US in 2002, and was featured in the Big Apple Circus’s production of Dreams of a City. He then remained in North America, and has since appeared with his free ladderUnsupported vertical ladder on which acrobats perform balancing and/or juggling tricks. act in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo.