ABIGAIL MUNN | Director | Trapeze »
An accomplished dancer, choreographer, and aerialist, Abigail holds a BFA in Modern Dance from UC Santa Barbara. She made her first appearance in the ring as a child with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. She has since performed with Lone Star Circus, Zoppé Italian Family Circus, New Pickle Circus, Cabaret Verdelet, Circus Cabaret, Tease-O-Rama, Va Va Voom Room, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, and of course, Circus Bella. Abigail was featured in the New York Times for Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s work “Princess”. She also co-directs the nouveau-vaudeville troupe Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, three-time “Best of the Bay” award winner: Internationally recognized, the Kitties have been very influential in the modern Burlesque resurgence. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Circus Bella, she has conceived and directed most of its productions for the past ten years.
CALVIN KU | Clown »
Born in Maspeth, Queens, New York, Calvin moved to California before he had time to realize where he was, and later trained in circus arts and clowning at UC Santa Cruz with Patty Gallagher, at San Francisco’s Circus Center and at the latter’s Clown Conservatory, and at Francine Côté Clown and Comedy School in Montreal. From performing at the International WuQiao Circus Festival in China to clowning in “Cirque De La Mer” at Sea World, he continues to bring laughter to audiences wherever he goes. Through the culmination of his many talents, Calvin performs his unique theatrical comedy for various companies all over the Bay Area, such as World Entertainment Services, Cedar Fairs, and in hospitals for the Medical Clown Project, of which he is the Artistic Director. Calvin has been a Circus Bella regular for several years.
DWOIRA GALILEA | Contortion »
A native of Coney Island, New York, Dwoira trained in rhythmic gymnastics at an early age and graduated from Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music, Arts and Performing Arts in New York City as a theater major. She also trained in circus arts with various coaches at the same time, before studying at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattelboro, Vermont and moving to the Bay Area, where she finished her training at San Francisco’s Circus Center. Dwoira is a contortionist and an aerialist and, besides many appearances with Circus Bella in the Bay Area, she has performed internationally in traditional and contemporary circuses, cruise ships, nightclubs, and corporate events.
CARLO GENTILE | Foot Juggling/Risley »
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Carlo has been teaching, directing, and performing circus for the past 15 years. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory and has trained in China, where he and his wife, Orlene, went to perfect their foot juggling act. Carlo has performed with the Royal Lichtenstein Circus as a clown, juggler, unicyclist, and diabolo artist, with St. Louis’ celebrated Circus Flora, has toured extensively with the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, and has appeared several times with Circus Bella’s “Circus in The Parks.” He and Orlene have served as Artistic Directors of CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus.
ORLENE GENTILE | Foot Juggling »
Born in Los Angeles, Orlene has been singing and dancing since age three. She cut her teeth as a variety entertainer on the streets of India, Vietnam, and the backwoods of Thailand. Orlene is a graduate of the San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory and has trained multiple times in China where she and her husband, Carlo, perfected their foot juggling act. Orlene has performed with Zoppé Italian Family Circus, Circus Monti in Switzerland, and at the Krystallpalast Varieté in Leipzig, Germany. With Carlo, she has served as Artistic Director of CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus.
GIANLUCA “GIANNI MAGI” GENTILE | Risley »
Conceived in China and born in Woodland Hills, California. Gianluca, now twelve years old, is a clown and acrobat. He is inspired by the long history of acrobatic clown performers, including Fumagalli and the Fuma Boys. He has studied trapeze, Chinese pole, tap, and ballet. Performance credits include the Zoppé Family Circus, Circus Bella, El Circo Cheapo, CircEsteem, and the Chicago Youth Circus.
GIULIA “TRIXIE LOVE” GENTILE | Risley »
Conceived in Switzerland and born in Tucson, Arizona, Giulia, age 10, is an acrobat and aerialist. She has performed with the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, Circus Bella, and other shows. Most recently she completed a training program for trapeze and other general circus arts at CircEsteem in Chicago. She enjoys painting, dancing, and spinning carpets.
GIOIA MEI “TATLO” GENTILE | Risley »
Conceived in Germany and born in Chicago, Gioia, age 7, appeared for the first time in a circus ring when she was eight-week-old, with the Zoppé Italian Family Circus. She’s had a love of performing ever since… Currently she’s training as a Risley flyer and developing her headstands and handstands.
GIUSEPPINA "GUISI" GENTILE | Risley »
Born in Gilbert, Arizona, Giusi, age 2, is just starting out!
The Circus Bella All-Star Band
Rob Reich | BandLeader
MICHAEL PINKHAM | PERCUSSION
ALISA ROSE | VIOLIN
IAN CAREY | TRUMPET
JONATHAN SEIBERLICH | TUBA
KASEY KNUDSEN | SAXAPHONE
ROB REICH | Composer | Musical Director »
As one of the city’s stalwart underground artists, Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music. Reich started studying piano at age three. After graduating with a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he moved to the Bay Area, where he discovered the accordion, now his primary instrument. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella. His recent album “Shadowbox” was described by Downbeat Magazine as “an elegant quintet date that moves effortlessly between post-bop, jazz Manouche, and chamber-rock.” Andy Gilbert of East Bay Express writes, “Whatever context he’s in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom.”
Christina Weiland | Costume Designer »
Christina began costuming as a circus aerialist, creating her own costumes for performance, and teaching herself the fundamentals of pattern making so that she could create whatever she imagined. Soon, other circus artists began commissioning her to make their costumes. Since then, she has been led down various paths, including musical theater, ballroom dance, ballet, opera, and even science, collaborating with the Academy of Sciences to provide costumes and props for their educational programs. She has furthered her education by studying pattern-making at Apparel Arts and has been learning about all aspects of the fashion industry. She has worked in the professional costume shops of Teatro ZinZanni, A.C.T, and Berkeley Rep, and she is also part of Berkeley Rep’s wardrobe crew. Christina is constantly seeking new challenges to grow as an artist and is delighted to return to her roots with Circus Bella.
Suzanne Santos | Production Director »
Suzanne Santos has been performing in theaters and circuses for 20 years. As an actor, Suzanne toured internationally with the award winning production of Corpus Christi. As a clown, her credits include Circus Couture, The Pickle Family Circus School Tour, The New York Clown Festival, Clowns Without Borders, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, and Le Carnaval Carmagnole. She has also had the privilege of writing, creating, and directing for Dell'Arte Youth Academy, Prescott Circus, CircEsteem, SANCA, Aloft, and Circus Smirkus' Road Show in Vermont. She has worked for Equestre Zoppé with The Zoppé Family Circus as a member of the horse department. She has also worked as an administrator, supervisor, and production manager with many of these organizations. She is delighted to be working back in San Francisco with Circus Bella!