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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. Over the last 7-years, I have had the privilege of serving as Resident Creative Director and Choreographer 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 range of projects. I am able to rise to any challenges that occur when working with a large team and I thrive in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment.

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

MONTREAL CIRQUE FESTIVAL – Choreographer.

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

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 and Director Of Stage Choreography. Wayne Fowkes Director and Gilles Maheu Artistic Director for this operatic, theatrical show.

ZAMBEZI EXPRESS – Choreographer and Director. African show Jerry Cottles UK. Transformed the show on a dance perspective and assisted in all direction for the 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.


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.

- International touring experience.

- Extremely adept at maintaining the highest artistic standards possible.

- Experience in directing live television and film.

- Exemplary troubleshooting.

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

- Diligent, tolerant, respectful, positive, great sense-of-humour.

- Flexible, adaptable, empathetic listener, embraces new challenges.

- General administration including processing of wages, stock control and purchasing for the artistic departments.

- Excellent telephone manner and communicates effectively at all levels.


PERSONAL REFERENCES

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

David Latourelle – Producer, Cavalia
david@cavalia.com (00)17734591238

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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MY WORK

The work of Darren Charles spans over a 25 year period and he holds a wealth of experience as a director, choreographer, performer and teacher. Darren has an impressive CV and has worked with some of the best productions in the world. Please read down for work credits.

DIRECTING/CHOREOGRAPHY

CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO - North American Tour, 2011-2017, Resident Artistic Director & Choreographer Responsible for all artistic departments.

VARIOUS UK-BASED DANCE SCHOOLS – 2008 – 2011, Director, Choreographer, Teacher.

JAY LENO SHOW - Odysseo special appearance, 2012, Director/Choreographer Created three-minute live performance in the studio with horses, acrobats, and dancers.

BEIJING OLYMPIC VILLAGE - Butterflies Opera, 2007-2008, Choreographer/Assistant Director Choreographed and assisted the Director, Wayne Fowkes, for this operatic theatrical show.

ZAMBEZI EXPRESS - African show Jerry Cottles UK tour, 2009, Assistant Choreographer/Director Transformed the show on a dance perspective and assisted in all Direction for the tour.

LA TOSCA – AMORE DISPERATO - Rome, Lucio Dalla & Giorgio Armani & Daniel Ezralow, 2003, resident Choreographer/Dancer Heavily assisted in the choreography development and was resident choreographer/ Dance captain.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – Resident Choreographer, 2003-2007 Assistant Choreographer for world tour going forward from the West End.

GENERAL RHYTHM AND DANCE COMPANY - Choreographer / Director, 1992-1997 Choreographed and Directed six 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.

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.

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