Cypher Zero

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Cypher Zero
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Cypher Zero performing with FireFly Aerial Acrobatics in North Carolina, 2006.
Residence New York City
Nationality United States
Occupation [General Manager], New York Circus Works
Website New York Circus Arts

Cypher Zero (whose given name is Michael Aaron Woldow[1]) is an entertainer and entrepreneur. Zero began his career as a performer in 1995. Zero has also used the aliases Sebastian Perluna[2] and Sebastian Dupree.[citation needed]


Founding New York Circus Arts[edit]

After several years of coaching and directing professional artists and shows, Cypher met a blogger at a party in New York City who convinced him to coach her as a recreational student.[citation needed] His experiences with coaching recreational students lead Cypher to develop a new, accd the assets of Cypher's previous company, FireFly Aerial Acrobatics.[citation needed] The merged companies retained the name New York Circus Arts.

Retirement from performing[edit]

In March 2008, after performing for 10 years, Cypher announced his retirement to the cast of Takura, a Contemporary Circus Faerie Tale, before the final performance of the run. Cypher explained that he wanted to spend more time developing a national circus training system in the United States, and creating new shows for New York Circus Arts.[citation needed]

Cypher later told the press that he sold the business in 2008 to focus on his health and begin undergoing chemotherapy for lymphatic cancer, which later went into remission.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009 - Honolulu International Film Festival Aloha Accolade Award, as Executive Producer of The Making of Takura, a Contemporary Circus Faerie Tale.
  • 2008 - Studio 42 Artistic Achievement Award, as founder of New York Circus Arts.[citation needed]
  • 2005 - Nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Ellen Stewart's play Perseus at La MaMa, E.T.C., Honoree for Outstanding Choreography/Movement.[4] To this day Mr. Zero is the only choreography Honoree nominated for aerial choreography.