creators & Performers
Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, the Acrobuffos, are the creators, writers, and performers of Air Play. They met at a circus in Afghanistan, were engaged while street performing in Scotland, and married in China. In 2005, they co-founded the Acrobuffos, an award-winning theater company specializing in non-verbal comedy performed in outdoor festivals, circuses, arenas, and theaters. Since then, Seth and Christina have created five shows, competed at international circus festivals, performed together in 23 countries on 6 continents, juggled on national television’s Late Night with David Letterman, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were featured in The New York Times. Their work for street, circus, and stage includes The Acrobuffos: Madame & Monsieur and Waterbombs! When not on tour, Christina and Seth live in Harlem, NYC.
Daniel Wurtzel is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for his kinetic sculptures and installations using air and lightweight materials that fly. Daniel’s work is currently featured in Finding Neverland and with Cirque du Soleil in Amaluna, His paper tornado was center stage at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in front of a worldwide audience. He has shown his artwork at the Musee Rodin, the Grand Palais in Paris, the World Expo, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Museu do Amanha in Rio de Janeiro, the Phillips Collection, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Copernicus Science Center, and Phaeno Science Center. Daniel has also worked with some of the world's most highly regarded theater directors including Julie Taymor, Diane Paulus, Robert Lepage, Zhang Yimou, Daniel Ezralow and Michel Laprise.
West Hyler has worked extensively in theaters and circuses internationally and on Broadway. In circus, he was story writer and scene director for Paramour, Cirque du Soleil's first Broadway musical, and twice directed Big Apple Circus with Legendarium and Metamorphosis. As Associate Director for Jersey Boys, he staged the show on five continents. Other directing work includes Georama (NYMF- Five 2017 NYMF awards including "Outstanding Direction”), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Broadway), Kid who would be Pope (Ars Nova), H2O (59E59), iLuminate (New World Stages), Greatest Showman Live (China), amongst much other regional and international work.