Maya Kesselman: From SF State to Cirque du Soleil

Friday, November 04, 2016
EL TECOLOTE -- Maya Kesselman’s path to the grand circus stage began at a young age after her mother decided to surprise her with a present in the form of a trapeze lesson. Now, having traveled around the world to attend several prominent circus schools, she’s returning to the Bay Area to perform as part of Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico.” “Thanks to [my family] I was able to do what I wanted,” said Kesselman, who will don brightly-colored feathers, a pair of wings and a long beak for the production. “With their love and acceptance and support I was totally able to do what I’m doing.” As a child, Kesselman recalls being an active kid who immediately fell in love with the circus. From the age of 10 until she turned 18, Kesselman attended San Francisco Circus Center, one of the most prominent circus schools on the West Coast. Then, after attending San Francisco State University for a year, she moved to Montreal, where she attended Ècole Nationale de Cirque.