Unfiction Works produces narrative-driven circus. We're an artistic collective that's passionate about telling the stories we often keep hidden.
A circus exploration of how strangers navigate close quarters in a stressful situation: getting stuck at the airport.
Alicia Radford is a jill-of-all-trades who has spent the last decade developing a diverse skill set: she is a graphic designer, accountant, seamstress, nonprofit operations professional, and performer. She discovered circus arts in 2014 and immediately fell in love, training at Versatile Arts and then in Portland as part of The Circus Project’s 2017-2018 training and performance company. Her first love is rope, but her current obsession is handbalancing. Alicia is passionate about using circus to tell stories, and creating full-length performance opportunities for artists.
Andrew, a bartender turned circus performer, has been training in various circus arts for about four years. He has dabbled in many proficiencies from aerial (refining skills mostly on aerial fabric), to partner acrobatics, to hand balancing – he’ll even attempt to juggle, but let’s just say that’s a work in progress. Andrew is fascinated by both the fitness and performance aspects of circus. Andrew’s current focus is integrating partner acrobatics into dynamic storylines. Outside of circus, Andrew is working on nursing school applications with the hope of becoming a nurse practitioner. When he’s not training, he’s either out at the dog park with his boxer, Athena, searching for new books, working on mixed media art projects, or baking things that are part of no one’s diet.
Danya discovered a love for movement arts after watching the 1995 PBS recording of Riverdance, to be quite specific. Since then, she has enjoyed dabbling in various forms of dance, movement, and more recently circus arts. Inspired by the combination of athleticism, grace, and seeming magic of aerial arts, she studies at Versatile Arts, with a favoritism toward tissu. Danya's current interests in the air include translating dynamic rope movements to fabric, hanging from one elbow, and spinning like mad! During the day she is absorbed in developing reusable products and sustainable materials. When not busily tying herself in knots, you may find her curled up with her cat listening to audiobooks, getting lost in the great outdoors, or attending metal shows.
Originally from Mexico, Jorge immigrated to the United States in the summer of 2000, where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Media Arts. He discovered the circus world as a hobby in 2008 and fell in love with it. For several years, he tried different circus apparatus such as silks, lyra, Cyr wheel and rope. Rope being his favorite apparatus, he has been training on it for the last five years and finds the simplicity and complexity of the rope its two most attractive qualities. Professionally, Jorge spends a lot of his time working as a 3D designer at a local Industrial Design firm, where he is able to combine his design and creative skills with his passion for aviation. Aside from circus arts, Jorge has a passion for nature, animal conservation, traveling, learning other cultures, languages and ways of life around the world.
Kirstie is a queer, Filipina-American woman from southeastern Washington who is enthusiastic about feelings, flowers and flying through the air. She is a social worker by day and an aerialist at night, striving for vulnerability and connection in both work and play. Kirstie fell in love with aerial arts several years ago after years of gymnastics and rock climbing and now has a soft spot for the lyra. Kirstie enjoys integrating her contemplative, yet cheery personality into her aerial art. When she’s not spinning and flipping around, she can be found reading poetry, vintage shopping or having heart to hearts with her loved ones.
Sandra is a former motorcycle mechanic turned circus artist and instructor. Her first experience trying circus aerials was with Beverly Sobelman of Versatile Arts, 12 years ago. She has been learning (and working and learning more), teaching, and performing ever since. She most enjoys working on rope, but thinks she’s done her best work on fabric. She has mainly performed rope, fabric, and doubles trapeze. She works to be strong and emotionally fearless in all parts of her life. When not training, Sandra enjoys studying languages and riding her bicycle.
Garet surprised friends and family by joining the circus in 2013 with his first aerial class. By 2014, he performed in his first show and discovered his love of aerial performance art. He has since performed both solo and as part of Duo Gemini, generally exploring aspects of partnership. He tends toward rope and silk, but has also tried unusual apparatus such as frame, and a two-bar dance trapeze. Professionally, Garet applies his creativity at an engineering firm that develops innovative high tech products for medical device, consumer electronics, and other markets. Aside from circus arts, Garet enjoys shudokan karate, vintage motorcycles, sewing aerial costumes, and woodworking.