Voler – Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s premier aerial fabrics performance troupe, is an edgy experimental collaboration of aerial dance and acrobatics, comprised of various performing artists from the Kansas City area. Our mission is to demonstrate the beauty of movement that is inspired by various acrobatic, athletic, dance and performance backgrounds.  We are a fully insured professional performance group who is licensed as part of a certified national insurance organization.

Voler performances are built to suit any venue with ceiling height of 12’ and up. We specialize in full performance exhibitions as well as collaborative audio/visual performances with other artists. As special guests, we bring our aerial artistry to benefits, fashion shows, private parties, art openings, variety shows, live concerts and business expos. Ask us about our themed shows! We specialize in circus, burlesque, futuristic, classical and character-based performances and we can customize themes for any event and for all audiences. Booking is available for individual aerialists or for the entire group. Pricing begins at $400 for short pieces/ambient characters and $2000 and up for full-length shows. As performances are specialized, pricing can vary and non-profit discounts are available. Contact us for more information.

Voler – Thieves of Flight Performance Ensemble

Company Members

 

Rachel McMeachin

     In a life governed by laws and bound by gravity, Rachel steals away a little piece of flight. Within the performance group Voler – Thieves of Flight, she has found a means to create human performance celebrating strength, fragility and the splendor of playful expression. Specializing in circus skills and performances including bull whip, bed of nails and fire movement, Rachel is also Voler’s lead aerial instructor.

Jade Osborne

Drawing upon her training in theater, ballet, jazz, latin, tango, modern, capoeira, contact improv, and aerial acrobatics, Jade’s work is a combination of cultural experimentation within bodily forms, structures and movement. Jade has trained and performed with Touch Dance, Big Bang Buffet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, UMKC Women’s Center, Quixotic Fusion Performance Ensemble, MarKed, City in Motion, Beribazu Capoeira International and currently as a core performer with Voler, Thieves of Flight. She has performed in national and international productions in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Washington, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

 Anya

Anya Shevelyuk

     I was always amazed by music and circus, but after moving to America, music was the only thing around. I started taking ballet and performed in several shows. Once high school ended, I moved to Kansas City to train with KC Ballet. During the time of searching for my next path, I was reintroduced to circus!

I was so inspired and still longed to be in front of an audience. 22 seemed a bit late, but I began practicing aerial, contortion and hand balancing on my own for hours every day. After a year, my body was doing things I never could have imagined! I can now be found in the circus and burlesque scene performing rigorous ground and aerial acts.

 

Nichole Raab

     Nichole has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, The New Theatre Restaurant, Starlight Theatre’s Epic Entertainment, Storling Dance Theatre, The Shoji Tabuchi Show (Branson, MO). Nichole teaches throughout the city and in the past at Missouri Western University.  She has studied dance at UMKC, The Ailey School (NY, NY), Project Bandaloop (Oakland, CA), Diavolo (Los Angeles) and other various company workshops throughout the country.  She has trained in Tap, Ballet, Point, Jazz, Modern, Floor Tumbling/Acrobatics, Aerial Acrobatics, Musical Theatre, Yoga, some Stunt Work and various Martial Arts.

Special Talents

Aerial silks, aerial hammock, aerial net, aerial carousel, aerial diamond, aerial straps, lyra, corde lisse, machete dancing, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, latin, ballroom, flamenco, hip-hop, capoeira, broken-glass walking, fire spinning, fire-breathing, bull whip, bed of nails, living statues, tumbling, body-balancing, and anti-gravity movement.

Voler – Thieves of Flight is available for many types of performances as Guest Artists or Feature Acts. We have performed for festivals, fundraisers, public and private events, fashion shows, cabaret shows, special events, television shows, awards functions…you name it. We collaborate with: Bands, Videographers, Photographers, Fire Artists, Circus Artists and more!

Most Notable Performances Include:

 

Paint the Night

Park Place

Leawood, KS

8/13, 8/14

Boulevard / Brewery Ommegang Event

Alamo Drafthouse

Kansas City, MO

3/2014

Time Warner

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, MO

2/2014

New Year’s Eve Party

Ameristar Casino

Kansas City, MO

2013

Halloween Haunt

Worlds of Fun

Kansas City, MO

2013

New Century Follies

Folly Theater

Kansas City, MO

2013, 2012

Party Arty

Nelson Museum

Kansas City, MO

1/13

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

St. Joseph Civic Center

St. Joseph, MO

1/13

Black & Veatch Event

Overland Park Convention Center

Overland Park, KS

12/12

Silpada Convention

Bartle Hall

Kansas City, MO

7/12

BLOOM – KC Free / Care Clinic

Starlight Theater / Scottish Rite Temple

Kansas City, MO

4/14, 4/13, 4/12

Maker Faire

Union Station

Kansas City, MO

6/13, 6/12

Carnivale du Soul

Uptown Theater

Kansas City, MO

2/12, 2/11, 2/10

KC Fashion Week Events

One 8 Oak / Harrah’s Casino

Kansas City, MO

2/12

Modern Night at the Folly

Folly Theater

Kansas City, MO

2/12

Mr. Pink’s Cabaret

One 8 Oak

Kansas City, MO

2/12

Cirque de Soiree Gala

John Knox Pavillion

Lee’s Summit, MO

1/12

Voodoo Lounge

Harrah’s Casino

Kansas City, MO

9/11-3/12

Mini Cooper Halloween Bash

Baron Mini Cooper

Shawnee, KS

10/12, 10/11, 10/09

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Festival Park

Bonner Springs, KS

2012, 2011

Dance in the Park

Roanoke Park

Kansas City, MO

9/11

Chicago Fringe Festival

Meridian Stage

Chicago, IL

9/11

Lawrence Busker Festival

Lawrence Arts Center

Lawrence, KS

2008-2013

First Fridays

MAAA

Kansas City, MO

8/11

Kansas City Fringe Festival

Various Locations

Kansas City, MO

2008-2013

JAZZOO

Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City, MO

6/13, 6/11

Fur Ball for Wayside Waifs

Overland Park Convention Cntr.

Overland Park, KS

5/11

Phoenix Family Housing

Hyatt Regency Ballroom

Kansas City, MO

5/12, 4/11

ALS “Night of Hope”

Grand Ballroom – Bartle Hall

Kansas City, MO

4/11

Artopia – The Pitch

Screenland Theater

Kansas City, MO

4/11, 4/10

Cabaret Show

Pythian Castle

Springfield, MO

2/11-10/11

ArtsKC Luncheon

Starlight Theatre

Kansas City, MO

1/11

KCSOB Review

Granada Theater

Lawrence, KS

11/10

Turn on the Heat!

Arts Incubator

Kansas City, MO

11/10, 11/09

BDU Burlesque Revival

Folly Theater

Kansas City, MO

7/10

KCUMB Gala

Starlight Theater

Kansas City, MO

12/09

Blue Ribbon Entertainment

KC Live Stage – Power & Light

Kansas City, MO

10/09

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Lyric Theater / Kauffman Center

Kansas City, MO

7/12, 7/09

Nightworld

The Foundation

Kansas City, MO

10/08, 10/09

Clownvis Variety Show

Crosstown Station

Kansas City, MO

1/09, 6/09

Donkey Show

Crosstown Station

Kansas City, MO

6/08, 5/09, 2/10

 

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