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Creative Artistic Director Choreographer

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PROFILE

Creative Artistic Director/Choreographer with over 25 years of professional experience in Dance, Theatre, Choreography,Circus arts, and Equestrian arts. For 7 years, I had the privilege of serving as Choreographer and Creative Director for Cavalia, the North American tour of Odysseo, one of the biggest touring shows in the world. My versatility and wealth of experience has allowed me to take on a wide diversity of projects. I recently worked with Cirque du Soleil on a new show called BAZZAR as Artistic Director / General Stage Manager / Show Caller. I’m able to rise to any challenges that occur when working with a large team and I thrive in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment.

DIRECTING / CHOREOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL... BAZZAR Artistic Director/General Stage Manager/ Show Caller. India.

AT LAKME Fashion show Mumbai, Cirque Du Soleil BAZZAR Re-staging Choreography Creative Director.

BAZZAR PROMO....Book my show, Cirque Du Soleil Creative Director, Choreographer.

CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO - Resident Artistic Director and Choreographer. - North American tour.

MONTREAL CIRQUE FESTIVAL – Choreographer.

ODYSSEO KOREAN X SCREEN 3D VERSION – Creative Director, Choreographer, and Lighting Consultant.

ESPN CCTV, EYE ON LA, LFPB - Creative Director - Live direction, performance and interviews.

THE TONIGHT SHOW JAY LENO SHOW – Creative Director and Choreographer Odysseo special appearance. Created live 3- minute performance in the studio with horses, acrobats, aerialists and dancers.

BUTTERFLIES OPERA / MUSICAL - Choreographer Director Wayne Fowkes and Gilles Maheu Olympic Village Beijing.

ZAMBEZI EXPRESS – Assistant Choreographer, Resident Artistic Director. African show Jerry Cottles UK tour.

LA TOSCA – AMORE DISPERATO – Choreographer and Dance Captain. Rome, Lucio Dalla and Giorgio Armani, Daniel Ezralow.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – Resident Choreographer. World tour going forward from the West End. Italy, Korea, China.

LSC JAZZ COMPANY – Guest Choreographer. UK tour.

GENERAL RHYTHM AND DANCE COMPANY – Choreographer, Director and Creator. Whilst performing in London’s West End I choreographed and directed shows with a fusion of dance styles using graduating students for the professional world, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance and Smoky Joe’s Café and the right’s to Led Zepplin music.

VARIOUS UK-BASED DANCE SCHOOLS – Director, Choreographer and Teacher.


PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS - West End & World Tour, 2000-2003, Dancer/Acrobat Swing dancer, covered every male dance position in the show.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN - Eden World Tour, 1999, Dance Captain as a performer and Captain, maintained the show for the performers.

SONG & DANCE, Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lead Dancer (Swing) European Tour, 1996, Director - Anthony Van Laast Covered all lead roles for male parts in the show.

SOULS IN MOTION DANCE COMPANY - London & European Tour, 1995,C horeographer & Dancer, Director - Anthony Van Laast


SKILLS

- Advanced knowledge of all forms of dance, including Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary

- Specialist knowledge of doubles work, African fusion, street dance and improvisation

- Specialist knowledge of creating circus arts, including aerial and ground acrobatics

- Specialist knowledge of equestrian performance technique

- Stunt work, staging and technical

- Practical knowledge and professional experience of stage management

- Personnel management of teams over 60 people, including 45+ artists

- Experienced in large scale, complex productions

- Specialist knowledge of teaching (dance), Coaching aerial, acrobatics, movement & performance

- Extremely adept at maintaining the highest artistic standards possible

- Experience in directing live TV and film

- Exemplary troubleshooting

- Excellent time management skills, attention-to-detail, and organization

- Diligent, tolerant, respectful, positive, great sense-of-humor

- Flexible, adaptable, empathetic listener, up for new challenges

- General IT skills, such as Word, Office, emailing, internet research

- Experienced in learning new systems and working with an open mind


ADDITIONAL CREDITS

CIRCUS STAR USA 2017 - Guest judge

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Dancer/Singer /Actor, Director Anthony Van Laast

FAME the Musical - European Tour, Dancer, Director Karen Bruce

GREASE the Musical - European Tour, role of Sonny/dancer, Director Anthony Van Laast

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: 50th Birthday Celebration - Royal Albert Hall, live TV performance, Dancer/Singer

HEY MR PRODUCER - live TV performance for Cameron Macintosh, Dancer /Singer/Acrobat

ALL STARS PANTOMIME - live TV performance, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Lead Dancer/Singer/Actor

MILLENIUM - live TV performance, Dancer, Choreographer Charles Augins

NUMEROUS ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCES - ITV, Dancer/Acrobat/Singer

BRIT AWARDS - Robbie Williams, Dancer (various performances)

ON EAGLE’S WING - USA & Ireland, Dancer

SCHIEHALLION - Glasgow Armadillo center, Dancer

PRIDE & PREDJUDICE (2005 film) - Dancer

PERSONAL REFERENCES

Wayne Fowkes – Director, Odysseo
w.fowkes@mac.com (00)17734591238

Alison Crawford – alison.crawford@cirquedusoleil.com

Benoit Fontaine – Tour Director, North American Tour, Cavalia Odysseo
benoit.fontaine@me.com

Nicolas Zillcaric - Tour Director/Producer/Entertainments Manager

Dominique Valcour
dominique@cinemundo.ca

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PROFILE

Creative Artistic Director/Choreographer with over 25 years of professional experience in Dance, Theatre, Choreography,Circus arts, and Equestrian arts. For 7 years, I had the privilege of serving as Choreographer and Creative Director for Cavalia, the North American tour of Odysseo, one of the biggest touring shows in the world. My versatility and wealth of experience has allowed me to take on a wide diversity of projects. I recently worked with Cirque du Soleil on a new show called BAZZAR as Artistic Director / General Stage Manager / Show Caller. I’m able to rise to any challenges that occur when working with a large team and I thrive in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment.

DIRECTING / CHOREOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL... BAZZAR Artistic Director/General Stage Manager/ Show Caller. India.

AT LAKME Fashion show Mumbai, Cirque Du Soleil BAZZAR Re-staging Choreography Creative Director.

BAZZAR PROMO....Book my show, Cirque Du Soleil Creative Director, Choreographer.

CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO - Resident Artistic Director and Choreographer. - North American tour.

MONTREAL CIRQUE FESTIVAL – Choreographer.

ODYSSEO KOREAN X SCREEN 3D VERSION – Creative Director, Choreographer, and Lighting Consultant.

ESPN CCTV, EYE ON LA, LFPB - Creative Director - Live direction, performance and interviews.

THE TONIGHT SHOW JAY LENO SHOW – Creative Director and Choreographer Odysseo special appearance. Created live 3- minute performance in the studio with horses, acrobats, aerialists and dancers.

BUTTERFLIES OPERA / MUSICAL - Choreographer Director Wayne Fowkes and Gilles Maheu Olympic Village Beijing.

ZAMBEZI EXPRESS – Assistant Choreographer, Resident Artistic Director. African show Jerry Cottles UK tour.

LA TOSCA – AMORE DISPERATO – Choreographer and Dance Captain. Rome, Lucio Dalla and Giorgio Armani, Daniel Ezralow.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – Resident Choreographer. World tour going forward from the West End. Italy, Korea, China.

LSC JAZZ COMPANY – Guest Choreographer. UK tour.

GENERAL RHYTHM AND DANCE COMPANY – Choreographer, Director and Creator. Whilst performing in London’s West End I choreographed and directed shows with a fusion of dance styles using graduating students for the professional world, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance and Smoky Joe’s Café and the right’s to Led Zepplin music.

VARIOUS UK-BASED DANCE SCHOOLS – Director, Choreographer and Teacher.


PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS - West End & World Tour, 2000-2003, Dancer/Acrobat Swing dancer, covered every male dance position in the show.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN - Eden World Tour, 1999, Dance Captain as a performer and Captain, maintained the show for the performers.

SONG & DANCE, Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lead Dancer (Swing) European Tour, 1996, Director - Anthony Van Laast Covered all lead roles for male parts in the show.

SOULS IN MOTION DANCE COMPANY - London & European Tour, 1995,C horeographer & Dancer, Director - Anthony Van Laast


SKILLS

- Advanced knowledge of all forms of dance, including Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary

- Specialist knowledge of doubles work, African fusion, street dance and improvisation

- Specialist knowledge of creating circus arts, including aerial and ground acrobatics

- Specialist knowledge of equestrian performance technique

- Stunt work, staging and technical

- Practical knowledge and professional experience of stage management

- Personnel management of teams over 60 people, including 45+ artists

- Experienced in large scale, complex productions

- Specialist knowledge of teaching (dance), Coaching aerial, acrobatics, movement & performance

- Extremely adept at maintaining the highest artistic standards possible

- Experience in directing live TV and film

- Exemplary troubleshooting

- Excellent time management skills, attention-to-detail, and organization

- Diligent, tolerant, respectful, positive, great sense-of-humor

- Flexible, adaptable, empathetic listener, up for new challenges

- General IT skills, such as Word, Office, emailing, internet research

- Experienced in learning new systems and working with an open mind


ADDITIONAL CREDITS

CIRCUS STAR USA 2017 - Guest judge

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Dancer/Singer /Actor, Director Anthony Van Laast

FAME the Musical - European Tour, Dancer, Director Karen Bruce

GREASE the Musical - European Tour, role of Sonny/dancer, Director Anthony Van Laast

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: 50th Birthday Celebration - Royal Albert Hall, live TV performance, Dancer/Singer

HEY MR PRODUCER - live TV performance for Cameron Macintosh, Dancer /Singer/Acrobat

ALL STARS PANTOMIME - live TV performance, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Lead Dancer/Singer/Actor

MILLENIUM - live TV performance, Dancer, Choreographer Charles Augins

NUMEROUS ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCES - ITV, Dancer/Acrobat/Singer

BRIT AWARDS - Robbie Williams, Dancer (various performances)

ON EAGLE’S WING - USA & Ireland, Dancer

SCHIEHALLION - Glasgow Armadillo center, Dancer

PRIDE & PREDJUDICE (2005 film) - Dancer


PERSONAL REFERENCES

Wayne Fowkes – Director, Odysseo
w.fowkes@mac.com (00)17734591238

Alison Crawford – alison.crawford@cirquedusoleil.com

Benoit Fontaine – Tour Director, North American Tour, Cavalia Odysseo
benoit.fontaine@me.com

Nicolas Zillcaric - Tour Director/Producer/Entertainments Manager

Dominique Valcour
dominique@cinemundo.ca