Masha Terentieva (born St.Petersburg, Russia, 1987) is a contemporary circus artist, innovator and creator whose work explores character, movement and emotion on stage. Her inspiration is drawn from performance art, physical theatre, clowning, contemporary dance and world music.
Masha has showcased her acts on the stages of Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall of New York, Kremlin State Theatre in Moscow, the Hippodrome Casino in London West End, underground clubs (The Box, NY and London), Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Chamäleon Theatre and Wintergarten Variété in Berlin, as well as Spiegeltents, big tops, arenas and cruise ships.
Coming from a family of artists, she graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal (2008), specializing in hula hoops and aerial hoop.
With a family background in clown-mime and physical theatre, she is especially interested in the theatricality of circus and blending various genres together.
Her acts are sensual in their simplicity and daring in their attitude. As a director she is focused on refining visual narrative and dramaturgy to produce sublime and poetic images that fuel character development.
Masha’s list of artistic credits includes performing with Cirque Du Soleil shows Dralion and Zarkana (2008-2013) and acting as an invited concept designer for a solo act in Kurios (2018). In 2013 she played on Broadway in an acclaimed run of the Tony Award Winning musical Pippin, with a circus concept directed by 7 Fingers. After moving to Berlin, she began collaborating with Base Berlin and Birdmilk Collective, appearing in shows such as Soap (2010) and dUmmy lab (2013, 2015).
In 2015 Masha directed her first show in San Francisco, CA in an intimate collaboration with Circus Automatic. She has also acted as assistant director with Brix Productions (2014), and dance captain with Short Round Productions (2016).
In 2013 Masha began designing a unique apparatus called Aerial Hotel Cart, performing it first with Base Berlin in Denmark (2014), then in the dinner theatre Pacha in Dubai (2015) and finally appearing with a polished version in Strut N Fret’s Blanc Du Blanc (Sydney Opera House, West End, Adelaide Fringe, 2015-2017).
In January 2017 she competed with Aerial Hotel Cart in the prestigious Festival Mondial De Cirque Du Demain, and was awarded 5 prizes including the overall Bronze medal, and the Cirque Du Soleil prize for Performance and Artistic Vision.
She is currently featured in the Lido De Paris spectacle Paris Merveilles (directed by Franco Dragone) on Champs Élysée, as an invited guest act.