Our co-founders are a dynamic duo with a heart-warming story to share about how and when the Zip Zap magic all started.

Born in 1961 in Cape Town, Brent van Rensburg started learning daring aerial skills at the Circus School YMCA Observatory, Cape Town, in 1973. It wasn’t long before he spread his wings and he left South Africa in 1978 to take to the world stage. For the next 15 years Brent lived his dream and performed in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Norway, France, Monte Carlo, and America. His career took an untimely turn after an unfortunate accident. He resumed his love for circus as an acrobatic instructor at the Ringling Brothers Clown College in Florida, and subsequently started hosting circus workshops for Club Med Holiday Resorts.

Laurence holds a B.Sc. and a Masters in Sports Management. She was Knighted of the National Order of Merit by the French President and was a runner up at the BBQ Awards. In 2017 she was the president of the jury at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France. In 2019 she was a finalist at the African Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) awards for her social work. Estève also received the Paul Harris fellowship from Rotary International.

In 2008, Brent was awarded the title of Men’s Health Best Man (Public Service). He also received the Mayor’s Medal for Youth Affairs for “his great contribution towards developing youth affairs in South Africa” in 2011. In 2012, Brent was the recipient of the Western Cape Government prize for contribution towards the promotion of the performing arts and was a guest speaker at TEDx Cape Town on “Your failures are our Superstars”. Brent also received the Paul Harris fellowship from the Rotary. He brings over 30 years of experience and passion for the circus to training young performers from all walks of life. He has done a great deal of rigging and stunt work in addition to his Zip Zap responsibilities.

International Highlights

Timeline

1995

President Nelson Mandela’s 77th birthday

Johannesburg, South Africa

1996

Images of Africa Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark

1999

Houston Arts Festival

Texas, USA

2002

Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival

2004

14 cities tour

Holland

2005

Hosted 4th Social Circus Instructors Conference led by Cirque du Soleil

Cape Town, South Africa

2006

Commonwealth Games

Melbourne, Australia

2008

TEDGLOBAL Conference

Tanzania

2009

Ikarus Night at Hanger7 for Red Bull

Salzburg, Austria

2010

4 cities tour

Germany

2012

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

Paris, France

2013

Gala Fundraiser

London

2014

Inauguration of the Indoor Sports Centre

Swarkopmund, Namibia

2015

African Cup of Nations

Lagos, Nigeria

2016

Barack and Michelle Obama Halloween at the White House

Washington DC, USA

2017

Match for Africa #3 for the Roger Federer Foundation

Zurich, Switzerland

2018

African Circus Arts Festival

Ethiopia

2019

RICA

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2020

Match in Africa #6 for the Roger Federer Foundation

Cape Town, South Africa

2021

MOYA, an Acrobatic Art Film

Virtual Screening Worldwide

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