Life is a balancing act for James Tanabe, a professional acrobat and former artistic director of Cirque du Soleil. Today, with his own company, Tanabe is juggling projects in India, Uganda and Thailand. This weekend, the aerial choreographer will stage Lang Ling The Aerialist, Thailand's first contemporary acrobat show, at Aksra Theatre.
But Tanabe has more up his sleeve than airborne tricks and mid-air somersaults. After leaving Cirque du Soleil, he pursued two master's degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor's degree in planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a diploma from Canada's National Circus School.
"At MIT, it was so much about science that I needed to do art, and after that I needed schooling again so I went to business school. The day after finishing business school, I was on a plane back to Asia in order to do art again. I need to get this balance," said the 35-year-old Tanabe, who also completed an MBA in May of this year.
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