About Me

Paradox Pollack

Paradox Pollack is an actor, producer, choreographer and movement director.  He has worked directly with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including actors Robin WilliamsWill SmithRene RussoChris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, directors JJ Abrams and Kenneth Branagh, as well as legendary stunt coordinator and second-unit director Vic Armstrong.

Paradox began his theatrical work in circus, and enjoyed a successful career that spanned over 20 years. He was a writer, director, and performer in dozens of shows and toured nation-wide as a dancer, contortionist, and whip-wielding ringmaster.

Contact me at paradoxcircus@gmail.com

On the Set of Thor

Leader and Performer

He was a co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco).  He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil and performed with many other companies, including Circo Zero (San Francisco), Bindlestiff Family (New York), Lucent Dossier (Los Angeles), and Cahin Caha (Paris).  His extensive background in the performing arts created the foundation for his work as a fight choreographer and movement director for feature films. Paradox specializes in a variety of dance styles, stage combat, and motion-capture techniques, and for the past 7 years has worked with both film-making veterans and upcoming young stars to build their on-screen movement and fighting styles.

On “I Am Legend”, Paradox was one of 4 core performers doing motion-capture for the zombie hordes, working closely with Will Smith.  On “Star Trek”, he designed a variety of movement styles for new alien races. On “Thor”, he worked very closely with Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, and the Frost Giants to help develop the physicality of their otherworldly characters.  On “Snow White and the Huntsman”, he helped develop the movement styles of the faerie creatures. On “Alleulia: The Devils’ Carnival”, he choreographed dance numbers and did movement coaching for angels and demons, in both Heaven and Hell.

Resume

Statistics

GenderHeightWeightAge RangePhysique
Male5’11”170 lbs25-50Athletic
HairHair LengthEyesVoice
Salt&PepperShortHazelBaritone

Skills

Performance SkillsAthletic SkillsAccentsMusical InstrumentsDance
Martial Arts, Dancing, Stunts, Voiceover, ImprovisationMartial ArtsRussian, British, French, SouthernDrums, Harmonica, Flute, TromboneBallet, Hip Hop, Modern, Club/Freestyle, Waltz, Capoeira

Education

Ritual Theatre, San Francisco, 1985
Antero Alli, Keith Hennessey, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Grotowski Technique

Dance, Philadelphia and San Francisco, 1992
Sara Mann, Masaki Iwana, Hiroko Tamano, Manfred Fishbeck

Martial Arts, Yao Kung Moon – San Francisco, 1996
Sifu: Richard Ow

Stunt Training, 2005
Vic Armstrong, Tony Vincent, Joey Box

Asian Dance, Pak Cerita(Bali), Pak Tutor (Bali), Eko Supriyanto (java), 1990

Ritual Chanting and Movement, One People Voice, Grady Cousins, Pak Wenton (Cal Arts), 2000

Direction of Large Groups , Pepe Ozan, Burning Man Operas 1993-2001, 1993

Music Composition, Eric Oberthaler, 2005

Circus Arts (Acrobatics, Bullwhip, Juggling, Fabric), Bindlestiff Family Circus, various artists, 2004

Paradox Behind the Scenes