View from the Big Top

With her long flowing mane of wavy blonde hair, the nimble nymph Kari Podgorski makes her Teatro ZinZanni debut as the Cherry Fairy with her playful, powerful and sensual aerial act in License to Kiss.

Spending her formative years immersed in as much dance and gymnastics as humanly possible, Kari leapt into aerial and circus arts with true passion and delight. With the creation of her bubbly yet sensuous character Sally Pepper, Kari performed with Seattle’s Circus Contraption from 2001 to 2009, charming audiences with her vocal solos, hula hooping, tap dancing, tumbling, group acrobatics, roller skating, and her unique signature act: the static cloudswing.

In 2008, Kari portrayed the young, acrobatic Nedda falling in love with Canio in Seattle Opera’s Pagliacci. Lauded as an “aerialist par excellence” by the Seattle Times, Kari has performed her cloudswing act in over 30 U.S. cities, from Manhattan to Los Angeles, and internationally from Victoria, B.C. to Portugal. Locally, she has appeared with the UMO Ensemble, the Aerialistas, and EnJoy Productions; she has choreographed pieces for Edge Theater Ensemble and Washington Ensemble Theater, and starred in Seattle’s own variete review, the Moisture Festival.

Kari performs as the Cherry Fairy in License to Kiss at Teatro ZinZanni through April 25, 2010.


6 comments on “View from the Big Top

  1. Cynthia Fore Miller says:

    Wonderful interview, Kari. One day I’m going to see a live performance. I’m so happy you are continuing with your aerial work.

  2. Gail Nelson says:

    Lovely interview, Kari. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and am looking forward to more!

  3. Barbara Williams says:

    Dear Kari,
    I look forward to seeing you perform when you’re in the SF area! It’s been thrilling to hear of your successes performing ariel acts. Your mom and I ran into each other out here in HMB where I’m living now, and she sent me this link. How wonderful to reconnect!
    All my love to you!!

  4. Al Brandt says:

    It was great to hear your voice, but we would really like to see you again. I guess we’ll have to come up to Seattle and do that.

  5. Betty Grntry says:

    It is thrilling to hear of your professional success. I am looking forward to seeing you when you come to S.F. in November. Congratulations, Betty Gentry

  6. You look fantastic! Good stuff cousin!

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