Duo Madrona

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Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer met as biology students at Haverford College. After a successful stint as lab partners, the couple decided to try out a new kind of collaboration--this time in the air! After graduation in 2004, Rachel and Ben relocated to Seattle, where they spent several years creating their trapeze number at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) before deciding to permanently retire from science and devote themselves to a life in the circus. Duo Madrona debuted their stunning act in 2006 right here at the Moisture Festival! They kicked off their international career in 2008 at the prestigious 29th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France. Following the festival, they returned to the US for Circus Flora's 2008 season. In 2009, the duo proudly joined the rotating cast of artists at Teatro Zinzanni's famed spiegeltent dinner show in Seattle and San Francisco. Ben and Rachel also collaborated with Circus Syzygy to produce original, collectively-directed shows both in Seattle and in Toulouse, France. Additional European appearances include the Tigerpalast Variete in Frankfurt, Germany; a 48-village tour of Switzerland under the big top with Circus Monti, and two seasons with Palazzo's "The Ball of the Graf" in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Nuremberg, Germany. Ben and Rachel are very happy to be back at home in Seattle to celebrate the Moisture Festival's 10th anniversary!!

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