About Us

Singapore’s first acrobatic circus company, Circus of Altrades (pronounced as elle-tray-dis) was founded in 2020 by the daredevil duo, Beverly Wan and Koh Jia Sheng. Inspired by the phrase “Jack of All Trades”, Altrades was established on the principle of versatility and has built its own community of talented and like-minded aspiring circus performers today.  Altrades aspires to bring Singapore’s nascent circus scene to new heights and spread the love of the circus to more people.

While the pandemic swept through the world and disrupted all our lives, we were presented with a unique opportunity for our team to come together and build something beautiful. As life slowed down around us, we were able to consolidate our priorities and goals and think about what is important to us – a thriving community with the infrastructure to create sustainable art. The core team then spent the next 3months crafting and solidifying our organisational structure and objectives of our little project.

“There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.”

And just like that, on 5th May 2020, our Circus troupe is born under the name, The Not-So-Great Circus. The name in itself embodies the playfulness and the spirit of experimentation and exploration that closely guide our artistic approach. It also takes a creative spin to existing big Circus troupe like The Great Moscow Circus and The Great Circus of Europe.

Starting the troupe in the middle of the pandemic came with numerous issues as well. One particular issue was that our artists were unable to leave their homes due to circuit breaker. To cope with the measures and make the most out of the situation, the troupe began their online training to make sure that they are constantly pushing themselves and growing together. Of course, things were moving slowly and our artists couldn’t wait to finally have our first physical training together.

During the incorporation of the company, the founders collectively decided that rebranding is essential. As we restructure, the company would need a name that represented the team better. Both founders were known for their versatility and incidentally, “jack of all trades” was a phrase that they strongly identified with. Hence, inspired by that quote, Circus of Altrades, became the new name for the boutique Circus production company on 7 July 2020.

“Jack of all trades, Master of some.”

As Singapore transits out of the circuit breaker, the team was fortunate to find themselves a home. From a bare warehouse space, Altrades was able to progressively upgrade its facility with more equipment coming in. Our troupe pulled together our existing equipment and we turned the empty warehouse into our circus home.

Join Us

We’re welcoming you to join our star-studded cast.

If you think you have what it takes to join us, drop us an email or a text.

TEXT / (65) 8138 2732
EMAIL / info@altrades.sg

Our Team

Circus of Altrades is led by Koh Jia Sheng and Beverly Wan.

Koh Jia Sheng

Koh Jia Sheng is a Singaporean Performer and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Circus Troupe, Circus of Altrades. As one of the industry’s up-and-coming artists, Jia Sheng is known for his performances and death-defying stunts. With his incredible versatility, he offers a wide spectrum of visual experiences and specialises in entertainment and storytelling. Jia Sheng hopes to become the bridge between the entertainment industry and the world of exotics and peculiarities, creating captivating and sensational choreography.

Jia Sheng was honoured to be a part of The Straits Times “30 and under: Young Singaporeans to watch” 2020. He was recognized by the newspaper for his innovative ideas and determination to bring new elements to the Singapore’s entertainment industry and building blueprints for future aspiring artists to follow suit.

Beverly Wan

Beverly is a full time acrobatic performer, coach, and the creative director of Altrades. Trained by professionals in Singapore, Australia, Philippines, USA and Canada, she specialises in Handbalancing, contortion, solo/partner/group acrobatics, aerial hoop, duo trapeze and flying trapeze.

She is passionate in pursuing her career as a circus artist and believes that Altrades can push to further heights. She hopes to inspire the next generation to follow in her footsteps and chase their dreams.

Our Cast

Foo Ping (Handbalancer), Gaz Leong (Ringmaster), Isaac Ng (Base), Jia Sheng (Chairstacker), Jacquella (Contortionist), Louis (Tumbler), Menard (Tumbler), Nachos (Juggler), Phiz (Fire Breather), Ruimin (Flyer), Samuel (Tumbler), YC (Base)






ART DIRECTOR | Rachel Seah Zhi Ning


PRODUCTION HOUSE | Not Brothers Collaboration (NBCB)