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Angela McIlroy-Wagar is a contemporary circus artist specializing in aerial hoop, contortion, and aerial straps.  Fusing her long limbs and elegant lines with skewed angles and surprise, her creations abstract on femininity, high camp, and liminality while exploring the threshold between beauty and the grotesque.  Embracing her wacky sense of humour, Angela approaches her work with a playful attitude, exploring concepts grave and cheerful alike with levity and vivacity.

 

Discovering her love for circus at age 3, Angela grew up doing youth circus in Vancouver, BC before moving to Montreal at age 16 to attend the École Nationale de Cirque.  Graduating in 2017 with her aerial hoop thesis ‘Wonderland’s Debris,’ she has since worked internationally with companies such as Cirque du Soleil (‘Drawn to Life’), Les 7 Doigts de la Main ('The Last Chapter'), Circus Monti (‘Dreambox’), Strut n’ Fret Production House (‘Love Riot’), Cirque Éloize, and more.  She has also expanded into the film industry, working as a performer/stuntperson/creature actor on TV shows (‘La France a un Incroyable Talent' & ‘Just for Laughs Gags’), feature films (‘L’Inhumain), and short films (‘Talk to Me,’ & 'My Layers').

 

Angela’s creative process is majorly influenced by comic books, movie stars of the 1900’s, 50’s pinup art, fantasy novels, and animated film.  She is inspired by artists such as animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, actress Bette Davis, comic writer Alan Moore, and Montreal Waacking dancers such as Blak Kat, Nubian Néné, and Princess Shayla.        

When she's not busy twisting her body into confounding shapes, Angela can be found rock climbing, singing, crafting chainmaille & polymer clay jewelry, reading fiction, and doing Waacking sessions in parks.

Warren Zelman Photography
Warren Zelman Photography

Angela McIlroy-Wagar Aerial Hoop/Cerceau

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Warren Zelman Photography
Warren Zelman Photography

Angela McIlroy-Wagar Aerial Hoop/Cerceau

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Warren Zelman Photography
Warren Zelman Photography

Angela McIlroy-Wagar Aerial Hoop/Cerceau

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Warren Zelman Photography
Warren Zelman Photography

Angela McIlroy-Wagar Aerial Hoop/Cerceau

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