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|Born||Karyne & Sarah Steben
July 26, 1974
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Known for||trapeze duo|
Karyne and Sarah Steben, also known as the Steben Twins, are famous worldwide for their accomplishments on trapeze. The girls were the first female innovators of the feet-to-feet catching technique.
Third-generation Italian Canadians, Karyne and Sarah Steben grew up becoming skillful at gymnastics, trampoline, dance and theater. At the age of six, they signed to do a television series Les Satellipopettes in Quebec with their father Claude Steben, the show's host. Their travels began during these early years, when they visited more than 22 countries, learned to speak French, German, English and Spanish, and participated in festivals in Sweden, Italy, France and Russia. The sisters also performed in cabarets in Germany.
Their skill and unique talents led Karyne and Sarah to create an original and innovative act at the 1992 Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris, France. It won them their first gold medal. The girls joined Cirque du Soleil as the featured trapeze act in Saltimbanco, and toured the United States and Canada with the production for two years. Following the tour, the twins played the prestigious Tigerpalast cabaret in Frankfurt, Germany; won a Gold Ring Award at the First International Festival of Circus in Geneva, Italy, and received the YTV Achievement Award, honoring Canadian youth and excellence. Then came a feature role in the Patricia Rozema film, When Night Is Falling, starring Pascale Bussières.
In October 1995, Karyne and Sarah rejoined Cirque du Soleil for the European tour of Saltimbanco and three months later performed in the prestigious International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, hosted by Monaco's Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Here they accepted the Silver Crown Award. Only months later they presented their act at the G-7 Summit, for an audience that included the heads of state of the world's seven richest countries. In 1998, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to perform in Cirque du Soleil's water-themed production, O, at the Bellagio Hotel.
Following Vegas, Karyne and Sarah traveled to Italy to act and dance in a European TV special for Rai Uno, hosted by Adriano Celentano. Since their return to the United States and their arrival in Los Angeles in 2000, Karyne and Sarah have participated in the creation of Madonna's 2001 Drowned World Tour, and were featured in several commercials and a variety of music videos, including working with Aerosmith. In addition to continuing their appearances in cabarets and festivals throughout the world, they recently worked with Bill Viola for The Passions exposition at the Getty Museum.
- The twins performed a total of 16 years as a featured act for Cirque du Soleil (O and Saltimbanco).
- They played the prestigious Tiger Palast cabaret in Frankfurt Germany.
- They were part of Bill Viola’s art work, "Tristan and Isolde".
- They also performed with the circus dinner theatre Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco and Seattle.
- They were series regulars on HBO’s dramatic series, Carnivàle.
- 1992 Gold medal at the Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris
- 1994 Gold medal at the "Festival of Circus in Geneva"
- 1995 Silver Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo
- Silver Crown at the Circus Princessann in Stockholm
- Times Magazine 1993
- Seattle Times 2004
- L.A. Weekly 2007
- Twin Facts
- About Karyne And Sarah Steben
- Karyne and Sarah Steben on HBO
- Interview Of The Steben Twins
- Kinetic Theory Theatre