SETH BLOOM & CHRISTINA GELSONE MET AT A CIRCUS IN AFGHANISTAN, were engaged while street performing in Scotland, and married in China.
Since becoming clown partners in 2006, they have created five shows together, competed in international circus festivals, performed in over 20 countries, juggled on Letterman, headlined at the Big Apple Circus and were featured in The New York Times.
Christina is a former professional ballerina who graduated from Princeton to become a clown; Seth is a former professional juggler who graduated from three clown schools, including an MFA in physical theater.
The couple lives in Harlem in New York City.
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SETH AND CHRISTINA REALLY DID MEET IN AFGHANISTAN, a country they returned to every year from 2003 - 2010. They intentionally make work with no language so they can continue to perform anywhere in the world.
In 2005, they built their first show, The Acrobuffos: Madame and Monsieur, a fast-paced, non-verbal mask comedy developed on the street, using the same conditions the original commedia dell'arte professionals had worked in centuries before. Eventually, the Madame and Monsieur made it to the Big Apple Circus, performing as the featured clowns in the 2012-2013 season.
After injuring their backs in 2007, they were forced to make a new show without acrobatics. The result was Waterbombs!, a ferociously hilarious water balloon gladiator show unlike any other performance played on the street. Waterbombs! has now been performed in more than 20 countries.
Their most recent work, Air Play, has been touring the world since 2015. Built in close collaboration with sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, Air Play has struck a deep chord with audiences and critics alike.
Other projects have included an oversized mask show, Cafe Goma, in collaboration with Greg Webster of Split Knuckle Theatre, piloting a circus program in Egypt with Plan International and Children's Cooperative, developing new comedic material for Big Apple Circus, and marriage.
Seth spent his childhood in Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka. His college yearswere interrupted multiple times with national tours as a professional juggler and silent comedian. He worked extensively in Afghanistan with the Mobile Mini Circus for Children, creating performances with visual theater to carry social messages in Afghan rural areas that were often illiterate. Seth received his MFA in London for Lecoq theatre technique, and co-founded Split Knuckle Theatre, a 5-star physical theater company. Seth is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, and LISPA (MFA). He has performed in 28 countries and 48 US States.
Christina grew up in Texas and has worked in 38 countries as a non-verbal clown, stilt walker, mask performer, juggler, puppeteer and acrobat. Originally a professional ballet dancer, she majored in Shakespeare at Princeton University and then studied corporeal mime at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. For many years, she worked with New York City-based Bond Street Theater in multiple post-war zones including a wordless Romeo and Juliet in Kosovo and Albania, and a non-verbal theatrical depiction of war and survival in Afghanistan. Other professional adventures include starting a social circus program in Egypt, creating curriculum-based comedy and teaching at universities.