Circus performer, dancer, choreographer and now director, Abebe Atlebachew has performed all over the world. Originally from Ethiopia, beginning circus at the age of 10, training and receiving a diploma from Addis Africa Circus school in disciplines such as free-standing Ladder, dance, drama and music, and winning the Addis Africa Circus award in 2013. Landing his first international contract in 2012 in turkey performing dance and ladder for a 6-month run, Abe continued to be booked various international opportunities over the next 6 years. This included an African cultural show run in Germany in 2014 with Mother After Circus, which began to tour throughout Europe in 2016, Hong Kong Dance Wonderland show at Ocean Park in 2018 performing dance and free-standing ladder, followed by touring the show throughout United States, and staying on in US to book Cirque Zuma Zuma, performing dance and bounce juggling. Already having a full touring career, Abe is now based in Toronto, Canada. As he learns more about the Toronto circus community, he looks forward to begin to share his own story and struggle to get here, and the stories of others, through his art of circus and dance. He is working in Toronto with SoCirC, a Toronto social circus organization, as a facilitator for newcomer teens, and as a youth ambassador representing SoCirC and Toronto for national circus video creation project: CIRKASKINA, in collaboration with various social circus companies from across Canada, and Montreal circus company, 7 Fingers.