Strong yet tender, powerful yet light, natural yet surreal - the
Flying Man shuns open shows of strength in favour of the more subtle
artistry evoked by sensual masculine movement and the rich flow of silk.
During Alegría's first trip to Japan/Hong Kong in 1996, Cirque
du Soleil presented a "Flying Man in Silk" act by Russian artist Yuri Maiorov.
He continued to perform this act through Hong Kong 1996 but did not continue
with the show after. In 1998 he began performing in Cirque du Soleil's Orlando
resident show, La Nouba, where he can still be seen today.
In 2003, Ebon Grayman, who had been performing the character of Fleur,
created and performed his own Flying Man in Silk act. Although no longer
performed (since Ebon has moved on from Cirque), Ebon's act was not only
full of strength, but undenying grace.