Monsieur Romeo is Blanc de Blanc's debonair maître'd’, a French-born, high-fashion model turned beloved Hollywood entertainer.
He has worked with some of the world's hottest artists including Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Marc Anthony, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga just to name a few. His film credits include Dance Flick, Blades of Glory, Jackass 2, Powder Blue, Marmaduke and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
In 2013, Monsieur Roméo made history as the first man to perform at the infamous Crazy Horse Paris performing his James Bond duet. Roméo can also be found guest starring in Dita Von Teese's Strip Strip Hooray burlesque tour.
Spencer Novich is the pale-faced harlequin who induces laughs and gasps with his original mix of mime and contortion.
The award-winning clown has performed all over the globe, with credits including Cirque du Soleil's colossal KÀ in Las Vegas, and Spiegelworld's Vegas Nocturne.
Spencer was also awarded the Medaille de Bronze, Prix du Moulin Rouge, and Prix du Cirque Éloize at the 33rd Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.
Most recently, Spencer was the Comedy Designer in Strut & Fret's dining and cabaret spectacular Fear & Delight at the 2015 Garden of Unearthly Delights and Brisbane Festival.
Juggler, mime artist, clown – there’s nothing this passionate performer can’t do.
J'aiMime and Scott Maidment (Director) first worked together 10 years ago, when she was a student at Brisbane's Flipside Youth Circus. J'aiMime has since graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts and has been travelling the globe with a suitcase full of tricks.
Always ready to go on stage, J'aiMime is known for her penchant for charismatic characters and seamless comic timing. She has performed at the Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Coffs Harbour Busking Festival, Strut & Fret's LIMBO, and crossed the International Date Line on numerous occasions performing on cruise liners.
Hampus Jansson was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. His father, Ulf-Håkan Jansson, was an actor and puppeteer who had also acted as a circus ringmaster.
Together with his sister Uuve, Hampus trained at Cirkus Cirkör, and then later on in a three-year professional program at Montreal's Ecole Nationale de Cirque specializing in aerials.
After 4 years of intense acrobatics and stage training, Hampus joined Cirque du Soleil to perform solo acts in 3 different shows. Dralion, Varekai and Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour for 6 years.
Hampus is also an alumnus of Strut & Fret's Fear & Delight alongside his partner Milena, and continues to work as a freelance performer worldwide.
Milena Straczynski was raised in a creative household, watching her mother sing in operas and her father walk tightropes in the circus. She grew up wanting to become a performer and so she began her ballet training in Moscow, Russia.
In 1995, she moved to the United States to continue her training with the Miami City Ballet and New World School of Arts. Throughout the years she has ventured into the world of contemporary dance styles derived from Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Jose Limon; as well as working with artists such as Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Mya Harrison and more. She has previously performed in Strut & Fret's Fear & Delight.
Milena currently blends her art form with a flare of burlesque and aerial arts with her partner, Hampus Jansson.
Laura is the bubbly blond that sets corks popping.
This Los Angeles based Australian is a trained Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop dancer. Her dancing career has seen her continually touring the world with performances on The Voice, MTV music awards, Pitbull, LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas, and Dancing with the Stars. She has also found success on the Billboard Dance Charts, touring and recording as part of the girl group BG5.
Laura was also recently seen on the 2015 season of America's Got Talent where she performed all the way to the finals with 3D Projection and Dance Troupe Freelusion. Laura's acting credits include the 2015 film Wild for the Night.
Shun Sugimoto bends the boundaries of dance, literally.
Shun combines breakdance with contortion with aesthetic and athletic influences from other artforms such as yoga, contemporary dance, and physical theatre to create a unique vocabulary of movements and style. He has won international circus awards, including at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in France.
Living between Tokyo and London, Shun has performed with Cirque du Soleil, Sadler's Wells, V&A, The Box, Channel 4, and Strut & Fret's LIMBO. With his team Kinetic Art, Shun has also won Arte Prize at Festival du Cirque de Demain and Circolo Prize in Young Stage Festival.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Shun also works as a designer and art director.
Born in Fremantle WA, Jess graduated from The Flying Fruit Fly Circus in 2014, specialising in Hula Hoops, Aerial Loop and Bottle Walking.
Immediately after graduation she was invited to the Australian Indigenous Exchange as a head circus trainer, shortly after becoming a core ensemble member of “Stunt Lounge” which toured the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Comedy Festival before representing Australia at the International Circus Festival in Cambodia.
Recently, she has toured with with Circus Oz “TwentySixteen” and Short Round Productions “Filament” as an acrobat and Hula Hooper, and dazzled crowds as a lead showgirl at Crown Casino’s Australia.
Jess has previously toured with Strut & Fret’s latest production of LOVE RIOT on board the P&O Pacific Explorer Cruise Ship, as well as their latest inflatable circus show Fun House.
"Rose steals the stage" as written by The Age and this illustrious talent has graced many from theatre to festivals and productions worldwide.
Encompassing both old world and Avant-garde Zelia quickly became one of Australia's most in demand showgirls. She’s known for her vivacity and prowess having won "Best Debut" in the reputable Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas to standing ovation. She is also the title holder of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 & voted in the burlesque top 50 worldwide ranking.
As well as an Award winning showgirl she is a renowned dancer, singer, model and multi-dimensional performance artist.
Masha Terentieva was born into a family of clowns in St Petersburg. She grew up backstage while travelling the world and learning all different kinds of disciplines: gymnastics, acting, dance, acrobatic rock-n-roll, and a quite a bit of circus.
For Masha, danger has been no stranger having toured extensively in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion and Zarkana as an aerialist and character.
A graduate of Montreal's acclaimed National Circus School, Masha has also appeared in the watery circus show Soap, as well as the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Pippin.
Aerial Hotel Cart Act was originally created by Maria Terentieva for Blanc de Blanc and is used with permission.
EMMA MAYE GIBSON
Sydney's feminist performance artist Emma Maye Gibson, better known in certain circles as her queer burlesquing contagion Betty Grumble is an obscene beauty queen, surreal showgirl and sex clown. Emma Maye challenges perceptions of the womans body with her special brand of high camp performance and unleashes a new character upon the Blanc stage.
Performance highlights include: Day for Night (Performance Space); Block 9 (Glastonbury); ArtBar (MCA); La Traviata (Belvoir Theatre & The Sisters Grimm); and an ongoing curatorial role as DJ and atmosphere enhancer at Sydney’s infamous underground nightclub Tokyo Sing Song.
Most recently, Emma Maye won the 2016 Underbelly Edinburgh Award at Adelaide Fringe for her show GRUMBLE: Sex Clown Saves the World.
Dominique Domingo is the California girl with the killer dance moves.
This talented performer has trained in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Since her first big break in Missy Elliot's Lose Control music video, her dancing feet have taken her around the world and back again performing with artists such as Destiny's Child, Shakira, The Wanted, Amerie, and Pitbull. Her TV and Film credits also include Bring it On - All or Nothing, and Season 3 of VH1's series Hit the Floor.
Dominique has also found success on the Billboard Dance Charts as part of Rock Mafia's girl group BG5, which has seen her touring the UK and United States.
Jérôme Sordillon is the chiseled acrobat on the aerial straps.
Originally from Lyon, France, now living in Montreal, Canada, Jérôme is a graduate of Montreal's acclaimed National Circus School.
Most recently, Jérôme has toured internationally with the acclaimed Cirque Éloize, Cirque du Soleil, and GOP Variety Theatre. Amongst his many accomplishments, Jérôme was awarded a medal for his straps routine at the 35th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.
His unparalleled muscular control and strength sees pulses soar wherever he performs.
Founding director of Strut & Fret Production House, Scott has worked in the performing arts and events management industry for over 24 years.
Past directorial credits have included, LIMBO, Cantina, Fear & Delight, Tom Tom Crew, Feasting on Flesh, Dream Menagerie, A Company of Strangers and the Secret Death of Salvador Dali.
Scott's work frequently combines theatre, circus, aerial and spectacle. His internationally acclaimed creation LIMBO recently celebrated its 600th performance at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Scott has produced major events and precincts for Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Kermezzo(o) (Brussels) and Adelaide Fringe.
Most recently, Scott was part of the creative team for Madonna's Rebel Heart World Tour and was invited to curate and direct entertainment for Madonna’s 2015 birthday party in the Hamptons.
Choreographer Kevin Maher was born in Hollywood, California where he studied Architecture and Design until age 18. He then moved to New York City to pursue his education in the arts and began his career dancing with artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Eve and George Michael.
He has choreographed music videos, television performances and tours for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, The Backstreet Boys, Jason Derulo, Becky G, Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony.
His resume also includes Creative Director and Choreographer credits for six top 10 selling tours of New Kids on The Block.
Kevin has worked closely as a choreographer for Madonna for several years and you can see his work in her current Rebel Heart World Tour.
James graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2001 with a degree in Set and Costume Design before attending the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Art Direction.
He has designed in all facets of the field in theatre, film and events. He has designed the sets for the Love Cooking Festival in London as well as Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein's live shows.
Event designs include the Prague Castle for the Visa Board Dinner, Netball World Cup, Socceroos Anniversary Gala, Netflix Australia Launch and various floats in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.
James has worked on television shows such as Survivor, All Saints, Australian Idol and was both the costume and production designer on The Horizon television pilot, directed by Stephan Elliott (Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).
James was the associate designer on Graeme Murphy's AIDA for Opera Australia and Stuart Maunder's SHOUT! and his set for Reg Livermore's TURNS (national
Set and Lighting designer Philip works predominantly in theatre. He has worked on productions including: The World of Extreme Happiness, Love The Sinner (National Theatre); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, No Quarter, Oxford Street, Before The Party (Almeida); The King and I (UK Tour); Frauleine Julie (Schaubühne, Berlin); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bristol Old Vic/USA); Further than the Furthest Thing (Dundee Rep, Winner CATS Best Design) The Boy Who Fell into a Book, Overspill, HOTBOI, Tape (Soho); Ciara, (Traverse/fringe 1st Edinburgh) I'm With The Band, The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Traverse).
Philip's opera and ballet credits include: Rigoletto and La Wally (Opera Holland Park); After Dido (ENO); Cosi Fan Tutte (WNO); Awakening & Another America: Fire (Sadler's Wells); II Tabarro, Sour Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (Opera Zuid); Falstaff (Grange Park Opera).
Steve Toulmin is an accomplished composer and designer. His theatrical composition and design credits include Jasper Jones, Ivanov, La Traviata, Blue Wizard, Radiance, Is This Thing On?, 20 Questions, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, The Seed, Scorched (Belvoir); Little Mercy, Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Sydney Theatre Company); The Bleeding Tree, Beached, A Hoax (Griffin Theatre Company); Great Falls, Liberty Equality Fraternity, Circle Mirror Transformation (Ensemble); That Face (Queensland Theatre Company); Tender Napalm, Julius Caesar and Hamlet (La Boite Theatre Company).
As a songwriter and music producer Steve has worked with the likes of Megan Washington, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Samantha Jade.
Strut & Fret Production House
Strut & Fret is a vibrant and passionately creative company that develops and delivers theatrical performances events, venues and festival precincts throughout Australia and internationally. With almost twenty years of experience, Strut & Fret is renowned for its unique ‘catch your breath’ style.
Strut & fret’s director and company founder Scott Maidment was the creator of the award winning productions Cantina and LIMBO, as well as other international sensations including, Tom Tom Crew, Feasting on Flesh, Fear & Delight, and The Secret Death of Salvador Dali. The company also manages independent artists such as Le Gateau Chocolat, Men of Steel, and Kaput whilst co-producing the internationally recognized festival precinct The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide.
Innovative entertainment, high-flying spectacle, explosions of stunts, nu-circus, extreme theatre, dynamic music and quality management collide to make Strut & Fret’s work unmistakable and respected within the industry.www.strutnfret.com