Suzanne Kenney

Artistic Director

Madeline Knox

Head of Professional Training Program

Luis Torres

Head of Education / Lead Coach

A true creative heart, Suzanne Kenney is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the aerial arts movement in the United States.

Ms. Kenney was named among the top 5 women in circus in the US in 2015 by Circus Now for her work educating youth in circus arts.

She is known for evocative duet work with her partner Luis Torres and  20 years of innovations in aerial choreography & aerial apparatus. Pendulum Aerial Arts, which she founded in 2000, has blossomed due to her commitment to artistic collaboration with top artists from around the world who share her passion for both performance and education. Her work has helped pave the way to the vibrant circus arts scene in Portland today by training many artists who have gone on to form their own companies. Before founding Pendulum, Ms. Kenney co-founded the first aerial dance company in Portland, Aero/Betty in 1996. In the 2 decades she has choreographed and produced 25  public performances and introduced hundreds of budding artists to the intoxicating world of aerial arts through Pendulum’s premiere education program.

Madeleine began her training with Pendulum in 2007 in their recreational program. She became an apprentice in 2009 with duo partner and apprentice Nikki Unwin, creating a duo trapeze and ground act together as well as being a part of the original High Artcast during its creation and 2011-12 national tour.

She began her Mongolian contortion training with Alixa Sutton and Tanya Burka in 2009.   She then trained intensively with Tsengeee Byamnbordj and Gunnar Field.  Having been trained in a variety of different circus disciplines, Madeleine created her first solo fabric act upon becoming a company member and recreational coach in 2011. In 2012, after taking a seven month hiatus to travel, she returned to Pendulum to continue to pursue rope and fabric as her primary disciplines.

She is currently living and training in Brooklyn while attending Pratt Institute for Industrial Design.   She has continued to train with the best contortion coaches in New York such as Kazu Khan, and Anna Vienzuelos. She performs with Hybrid Movement Company in New York and returns every summer to run our Summer Intensive program.  Madi has performed nationwide as an aerialist and contortionist for such clients as Nike, Intel, CDS.

Luis first joined Pendulum in 2002 to perform in PAA’s 2003 Production of On the Fly. Since then Luis has played an integral role in the company’s artistic productions and the technical development of the company.

Luis has performed locally and nationally as an aerialist and was PAA founder Suzanne Kenney’s longtime duo partner 2008-2015 setting the standard in the industry with their signature work most famously “Kissing” inspired by Kustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”.

Luis received his training over the past 15 years from amongst the best in circus. Most notably Tanya Burka, Nicole Pearson, Anna Vigeland, Fred Deb.

 He has performed in over 100 events for such companies as  CDS, Intel, Nike, Price Waterhouse Cooper, American Cancer society.

As a coach with 15 years experience, Luis takes such pride with his student’s development with circus combining   technique and character work as the foundation of creating the next generation of artists.

Tsengee Byambordj

Resident Contortion Coach

Talia Risa

Recreational Coach

Rosie Rogmans

Recreational Coach

Tsengee has been with Pendulum first as a company member staring in High Art 2010-12 . She now serves as the company’s resident guest contortion coach and choreogragher. Tsengee lives in Stanford Washington with her husband and 5 children.

Tsengee began her training in contortion at the age of nine, and by age twelve was a main act in the Mongolian National Circus. She has appeared at top venues in Paris, Berlin, Bombay, Lake Tahoe. She is one of the top Mongolian contortion coaches available in the US and Pendulum is lucky to work with her.

Talia Risa is back with PAA after having a break from the circus. She started learning aerial arts with Wise Fool NM in 2000. She joined Pendulum Aerial Arts  in 2005, and has performed on and off with  the company over the last 10 years, specializing in aerial silks and hand balancing, and dabbling in a variety of other arts. She is returning to coach recreational students, including her own daughter. She has performed with Wanderlust Circus, A.M.P.  and has worked free lance in the Portland area and beyond.

Rosie Rogmans is an aspiring aerialist, with a focus on Corde Lisse and Aerial Straps. Her love for circus arts started at the age of 5, in a small town in Southern Oregon. After several years performing there, she discovered Pendulum Aerial Arts and moved to Portland in the fall of 2013. In June of 2015, Rosie graduated from Pendulum’s Pre Professional Program, and has since been coaching as a junior company member. She hopes to study at a circus university in Canada or Europe someday.