The Show – Love, Chaos, and Dinner
It’s opening night of the new Teatro ZinZanni, and the staff anxiously awaits the arrival of a world-renowned restaurant critic. They are trying to put their best foot forward, without stepping on each others toes! Getting swept up in the madness is the magical Maître d’, who has staffed his restaurant with a robotic waitress, a chef that defies gravity, and an amorous busboy who has finally met his match. With an aim to impress, the crew literally bends over backwards to give this critic the experience of a lifetime.
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A singer, dancer, songwriter, comedienne, and professional pussycat, Ariana Savalas is a consummate showgirl who will seduce, surprise and touch you – sometimes literally. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Savalas made her way to LA and became a member of Playhouse West, Jeff Goldblum’s repertory theater, from whom she gleaned the art of combining the quirky and the alluring. She has travelled the world as a resident headliner for the Postmodern Jukebox, performing in renowned venues like Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theater, and the O2 Apollo in London. Ariana Savalas first graced the Teatro ZinZanni spiegeltent for a one-night show in 2016 and knew she had found a circus to call her home. Madame ZinZanni is a title she wears with pride…and seven inch heels.
Joe De Paul
Canadian actor, writer, teacher, director and clown Joe De Paul, has been seen at Teatro ZinZanni portraying such characters as Ricky La Rue, Captain Canada or Giuseppe Mezzanote (the guy with the Salami). Joe is a veteran of numerous Cirque du Soleil productions, including O, Volta and Dralion Where he made his debut as a clown in the North American tour. Joe’s unique physical comedy and his Sinatra vocal style has brought him critical acclaim in various circuses and cabarets in Europe including Salto Natale in Zurich, PALAZZO in Germany, and Cirque Zanzibar in France. Joe was invited as a Star Clown to the Kulture Fabrik in Luxembourg as well as guest star at the festival of Humor in Antibes, France. Joe’s career has scaled numerous heights, including appearances in over 20 film and television events.
Known throughout the world as “The Maestro”, Ukrainian-born illusionist Voronin has been described as the essence of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. After graduating from renowned Kiev Academy of Circus and Variety Arts and Russian University of Theater Arts, Voronin founded his own company, The Theater of Cagliostro. He is an acclaimed recipient of first place in magic competitions in Germany, Moscow, and Austria; Monte Carlo Magic Stars award, Magic Hands Grand Prix, Siegfried and Roy prize for Master Magician, and The Great Lafayette award. Well-known in the world of magic for his unique style, director’s vision and original
character creation, Voronin is one of the most sought-after stars of the European cabaret circuit. He is returning to Seattle fresh from his most recent appearance at the International Festival of Magic in Madrid, Spain. An original cast member from the first 1998 tour, this show marks Voronin’s 25th Teatro ZinZanni performance.
Russian performance artist Svetlana blends modern dance, pantomime skills, magic, and contortion in the creation of her sensational puppet act. Undulating, shifting, transforming right before your eyes, Svetlana’s puppet has been warmly received by the audience as both a highly skilled acrobatic performance and as a new comedic and romantic character. Trained in the ancient art of contortion from the age of nine, Svetlana studied at the Kiev Municipal Academy of Circus and Variety Arts and has performed at some of Europe’s most distinguished venues including the Wintergarten and the Apollo, Palazzo. Recently, Svetlana received her classical Pilates certification. She is also an original Teatro ZinZanni cast member.
Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer met as biology students at Haverford College. After a successful stint as lab partners, the couple decided to test out their chemistry on a trapeze suspended from a madrone tree. Duo Madrona created their duet at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), and made their debut at the 2006 Moisture Festival. In the years following they have logged thousands of performances across the US and Europe, including the 29th Festival du Cirque de Demain, Circus Flora, Tigerpalast Variete, Palazzo, Circus Monti, Circus Syzygy, Flynn Creek Circus and an appearance on French television with Patrick Sebastien’s “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”. Ben and Rachel have been exploring the rich theatrical universe of Teatro ZinZanni since 2009. From monster to mayor, from scientist to chorus girl, to falling down the rabbit hole and ending up in the same Alice dress, the duo has brought to life a wide variety of memorable characters. In real life, the duo is based in Seattle and are proud parents of their 1-year-old son, Dylan.
Manuela Horn, also known as the Austrian Amazon, is a yodeling, dancing, acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children’s TV show, she turned her 6′ 2″ height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Imported from Berlin’s Pomp Duck & Circumstance in 2001, Teatro ZinZanni has given her the performing home she always wanted. This is her 16th year with ZinZanni. In 2009, one of her characters, the yodeling dominatrix, made it to the semifinals of the TV show America’s Got Talent. With an appearance in the movie Rent, Manuela earned her SAG membership. Manuela regularly performs in numerous cities in Europe with other dinner cirque company’s like Palazzo, Da Capo and Teatro. Since 2010, Manuela has become “The Queen of Oktoberfest” by performing Yodel versions of popular songs. With the motto “It’s always Oktoberfest Somewhere” Manuela headlines the biggest Oktoberfest’s across America. For more information please visit www.manuelahorn.com or www.oktoberfestqueen.com.
Elena Gatilova spent fifteen years mastering her skills as a rhythmic gymnast. A several-time national champion, she is also the recipient of various prestigious international awards. After finishing her professional sporting career, Elena left Ukraine to perform all over the world. Later she was invited by internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil to participate in their newest Vegas production Zumanity, where she’s been featured as a principal acrobatic character and lead dancer and performed over 2500 shows. Elena also appeared in Playboy Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, and in the Sony movie LoveSick. She has worked with world-renowned artists such as Cher, Thierry Mugler, David LaChapelle, Luca Tommassini, and Bill Goodson. Further work includes performances in the famous Italian TV show, Chiambretti Night. Along with Dita Von Teese, Elena highlighted the sexy high-end cabaret show Taboo in Asia, directed by Franco Dragone. Recently, she has finished the world tour with Circus 1903, a new production from creators of the broadway success The Illusionists. This is Elena’s 6th collaboration with Teatro ZinZanni and she is thrilled to be back to Seattle.
French artist Domitil Aillot trained at the internationally renowned Annie Fratellini Circus School in Paris. There he became one third of the critically acclaimed acrobatic trio Les Petits Freres who performed at some of the best venues in Europe including Cirque d’hiver Bouglione in Paris, Apollo Variete in Düsseldorf, Tigerpalast in Frankfurt, and Wintergarten in Berlin. Called the ”Floating Act” by the European press because of their unique ability to defy gravity, the trio came to the United States 14 years ago to perform with Teatro ZinZanni in three cities, contributing to dozens of shows in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The trio celebrated their last performance together in Seattle in June 2014 and Domitil continues his performance work as a solo artist working on the Chinese Pole under the tutelage of Mr. Lu Yi, master teacher and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Circus Center. Over the past year, Domitil has been performing in Europe at the Tigerpalast and is excited to be back this winter at ZinZanni.
In a career that has spanned 4 continents and 14 countries, funslinger Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris to the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Fuji Dome in Japan, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Ron toured the world as the “King of the Clowns” in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. A Shakespearian actor equally comfortable in One Man shows (R. Buckminster Fuller, The Thousandth Night, Shylock, The Dybbuk, among others) and certified guffawaholic, Ron has played everything from Don Quixote, to Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes, created “Eddie” for The Speakeasy and Cecil B. DeGrille for Teatro ZinZanni and received numerous awards including The Helen Hayes, Chicago’s Jeff Award, Theatre Bay Area Best Actor and several Critics Circle Awards along the way. Ron is the recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. For more check soarfeat.org.