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.
Jen Ayers is a rock diva with a throat of gold. She’s been singing, playing piano and writing music since age five and performed thousands of shows nationwide, fronting Seattle-based band Honey Tongue. Her powerhouse vocals earned invitations to sing across the U.S., including the National Anthem at NBA/MLB games, Led Zeppelin for “Bonzo’s Celebration Day” (featuring members of Heart, REM, Pearl Jam) and “House of Thee Unholy” – Broadway burlesque at Seattle’s Triple Door. Jen’s a frequent guest performer in high-profile gigs across the Northwest and has been performing with Teatro Zinzanni since 2012 (Be Italian, Return To Paradise, Big Top Rock). She’s following up her debut solo CD “Every Day Is A Parade,” with her first one-woman, musical story, “This Picture,” slated to hit the stage 2019-2020.
“There are 2 things that humanity cannot long survive without…food and entertainment and the best thing you can ever do for a person is feed them or make them smile because in doing so, you nourish them.”
Timber Brown has been entertaining audiences world wide for over a decade. In 2006, an entertainment company approached Timber after seeing a video of him doing high-level acrobatics on not so standard equipment to be part of their production. “I was beyond ecstatic! As child I would hold 10 grocery bags in each hand and jump out of a tree with the idea of floating to the ground…so getting closer to actually flying was beyond exciting.” Timber went to do the show with the intention of returning home to Texas and finishing police academy afterward. Needless to say, that never came to pass. As a recipient of 2 awards at the prestigious Mondial Du Cirque De Demain in Paris and wearing a horseshoe his dear friend Steve Gale made for him, Timber Brown is thrilled to be here to make you smile, feed and nourish your “feel goods” tonight.
Christine Deaver is an actor, singer, writer, director and voiceover artist. She has worked with Teatro Zinzanni for numerous years and has created and performed a plethora of unique and zany characters. She has worked extensively in theater, film and television in Los Angeles and abroad and is a recipient of numerous Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly awards for her work in the theater. She has written and performed several one woman shows and has toured them across North America, Asia, Europe, and Mexico. Christine recently performed in “The Porn Awards – The Musical”, in Las Vegas and NYC and her most recent cabaret shows “Like, Totally 80’s” and “An evening of Bacharach” in Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
“Showgirl” is the title of her solo CD and you can conveniently purchase that in the boutique here at TZ. Fancy that!
Sharp and bold, daring and sexy. Alesya Gulevich is a three times Guinness World Record holder for the most hula hoops. In her act she combines tricks with multiple rings with high speed, elegance and powerful latin tango music. Alesya’s incomparable skills along with her beauty, style and grace have elevated her performance of the Hula Hoop above all others and her artistry is sure to captivate any audience, anywhere in the world.
The fact that Alesya Gulevich is a three-time Guinness World Record holder, with the most Hula Hoops simultaneously spun at one time, should come as no surprise. Alesya was born into the rich heritage of the Russian circus, the most respected of circus traditions. Her mother is the noted Russian aerialist, Nadezda Bilenko and her father is the famous clown from Belarus, Fiodor Gulevich.
Until now Alesya Gulevich has performed in thirteen countries on four continents with companies such as the famous Big Apple Circus (USA), Tigerpalast Varieté Theatre and Hansa Theater (Germany), Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione (France), NBA and WNBA half time shows (USA) and famous TV shows like Le plus Grand Cabaret du Monde (France), Ellen Degeneres (USA), Good Moring America (USA), America’s got Talent (USA) and “1, 2 oder 3” (Germany) among many others.
Mick Holsbeke is a clown with a ferocious appetite for the ridiculous! In addition to being a recipient of the Comedy Prize from Festival Sol y Circo in Germany, and multiple prizes at the Festival Cirque de Demain in Paris, Mick has also performed with companies such as the 7 Fingers, G.O.P. Varieté Shows, Circle of Eleven, Palazzo Colombino, Circus Monti, Cirque Plume, Compagnie 14:20, and most recently toured his solo show “Moby Mick” for a 90 show tour across France. In January of 2018, Mick returned to Seattle, and The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts as their Performance Programs Director. Versatile, comic, and out of control, Mick works as a director, clown, coach, and general havoc raiser in projects around the world.
For 24 years Ariana performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). Born and raised in California, Ariana received a scholarship to the PNB School before joining the company as an apprentice in 1987. The following year she was promoted to corps de ballet, became a soloist in 1993, and was named principal in 1994. Ariana toured with PNB both nationally and internationally. She performed the role of Hippolyta in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Her performances won numerous accolades including being featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. Her final PNB bow came in June 2011. Ariana’s ZinZanni career began in September 2011 and includes roles in Bonsoir Liliane!, Dinner at Wotan’s, Hacienda Holiday, Be Italian! and four children’s shows. She was assistant choreographer for On The Air and choreographer for Return of Chaos, Hollywood Nights, Welcome to Wonderland, Love, Chaos and Dinner and the children’s shows Curious Circus, Dream On and Lighter Than Air. Ariana is elated to return to the center ring in the newest ZinZanni production of Hollywood & Vine.
Giulia Piolanti was born in Italy in the small city of Forli. She started rhythmic gymnastic training at the age of 5. After her agonistic career as a gymnast she attended a dance academy in Milan for 2 years. At the age of 20 she was already working for some of the biggest dance acrobatic companies in Italy. That year was also the beginning of her career as a model for fine art photography. In 2007, she left Italy to pursue a cirque career full-time and began traveling the world. Over the past 10 years, Giulia has been performing with Cirque du Soleil. Giulia’s main focus has been in aerial arts, specifically focused on acts built around the tissue and straps. Guilia also competed in the World Pole Dance Championship in Tokyo in 2010 where she finished in 2nd Place.
Ben Wendel’s life turned upside-down when he traded in his career in Neurobiology for a life on the trapeze. Since then, Ben and his wife, Rachel Nehmer, known together as Duo Madrona, have logged thousands of performances in prestigious venues in the United States and Europe, including 16 different productions at Teatro Zinzanni. Whether as a russian gypsy, mafioso thug, wobbly-legged sea captain, extreme egyptologist, mayor or monster, Ben has an ability to bring to life a wide range of lovable and absurd characters. Hollywood and Vine marks the debut of Ben’s aerial collaboration with long-time friend and colleague, Mick Holsbeke. Ben lives in Seattle and is the proud father of two.