Cypher Zero performing with FireFly Aerial Acrobatics in North Carolina, 2006.
|Residence||New York City|
|Occupation||[General Manager], New York Circus Works|
|Website||New York Circus Arts|
Cypher Zero (whose given name is Michael Aaron Woldow) is an entertainer and entrepreneur. Zero began his career as a performer in 1995. Zero has also used the aliases Sebastian Perluna and Sebastian Dupree.
Founding New York Circus Arts
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. His experiences with coaching recreational students lead Cypher to develop a new, accd the assets of Cypher's previous company, FireFly Aerial Acrobatics. The merged companies retained the name New York Circus Arts.
Retirement from performing
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.
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.
Awards and honors
- 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.
- 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. To this day Mr. Zero is the only choreography Honoree nominated for aerial choreography.
- New York Times
- Jena la Flamme: Pleasurable Weight Loss
- James, Lisa (January 21, 2013). "Held by scarves, students spin overhead". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
- 2005 Nominees and Recipients - New York Innovative Theatre Awards