Springboard Acrobatic Act (ROMANIA)
Ewelyn and Christan perform an acrobatic act on a small springboard, in which they combine static and dynamic acrobatic exercises with choreography of classic ballet.
Ewelyn Ghionea-Marinof represents the fourth generation of a famous family of artistes from Romania. Her parents, mother Rodica Marinof-Cretu, a well known artiste acrobat, and father Marian , have both during the 1970's and 80's been members of the famous springboard acrobatic act the "Cretu Troupe", and which in 1981 obtained the "Silver Clown" at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo.
Ewelyn started her artistic career at the age of 5 when she performed in the "Children's Circus" in 1981 at Circus Knie in Switzerland, where her parents worked at that time with the springboard act the " Cretu Troupe ". In the following years, 1982-86, Ewelyn practiced acrobatics, gymnastics and attended courses in classic ballet at the School of Choreography and Dance of the Opera Romania in Bucharest, Romania.
In 1986 her parents created a new troupe of springboard consisting of 12 members, in which also Ewelyn and Christan took part. The troupe was lead by Rodica Marinof and was named the "Ewelyn Marinof Troupe". Already from the start the troupe had enormous success in the circus world, and in the following years it managed to appear in the most famous circuses, amusement parks, TV productions, traditional Christmas and winter shows and circus festivals in Europe and the USA, amongst others: CIRCUS KNIE, Switzerland, AUSTRIAN NATIONAL-CIRCUS LOUIS KNIE, Austria, CIRQUE BOUGLIONE, Paris, France, CIRCO AMERICANO, Italy, CIRCUS KRONE, Munich, Germany, RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS and CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM, USA, PHANTASIALAND, Germany, TIVOLI COPENHAGEN, Denmark, ROYAL THEATRE CARRE, Amsterdam, the Netherlands etc.
"Gold Medal" at the FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN, Paris, France (1991)
"Golden Clown" at the INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL OF MONTE-CARLO (1996)
"Silver Medal" at the 1st INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL OF BUDAPEST, Hungary (1996)
Christan Ghionea (35) has practiced competitive gymnastics since the age of 6, becoming "Master of Sport", member of the National Team of Gymnastics and Romanian Champion (1983).
In 1986, he became member of the "Ewelyn Marinof Troupe", where he met Ewelyn, who he then married in 1995.
In 1996, Christian and his wife Ewelyn, began to practice a new acrobatic act on a small springboard, having Rodica their instructor. After two and a half years of hard training, in 1998, the act was performed for the first time at the HUNGARIAN CAPITAL CIRCUS in Budapest, Hungary.
In 1999, the "Ewelyn Marinof Troupe" broke up and Ewelyn and Christian continued to perform the actual springboard act consisting of only the two of them.
In January 2000, at the 3rd International Circus Festival of Budapest, the act was awarded a "Special Prize of the Jury".
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