Rafael Moraes, Laura Smith, Blancaluz Capella, and Mark Pieklo have different but perfectly complementary acrobatic careers. Blancaluz and Rafael were trained at the Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois and the Centre National des Arts du Cirque de Châlons-en-Champagne. Laura and Mark trained at the National Circus School in Montreal. Both couples worked on the Russian cradle throughout Europe and America for their own companies as well as with renowned circus companies such as HVDZ, Zimmermann et de Perrot and Cirque Plume.
They decided to join together to develop a new discipline, the porteur parallèle, and went on to win a silver medal at the prestigious 36th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in 2015. The same year the quartet also created a 30 minute show, “All you need is LIFT”, which premiered in Toulouse with La Valise Rio Loco.
LIFT has performed at:
- Feuerwerk der Turnkunst, Germany
- Stone, Trois Rivières, 45 Degrées/Cirque du Soleil
- Circus Roncalli 40 Jahre Jubiläumstournee, throughout Germany and Austria
- Roncalli Weihnachtscircus Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
- Kleines Fest, Hannover, Germany
- La Valise Rio Loco, Toulouse, France
- Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris, France