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 summer at ZinZanni.
The Anastasini Brothers
Fabio and Giuliano Anastasini are part of a 9th generation circus family. Their mother, Irene Espana traveled the world with the Flying Espana troop, and their father Giovanni Anastasini performed an Icarian act with his brother for over 25 years. Today, Giuliano and Fabio continue the tradition with an amazing body juggling act that combines elegance, class and amazing stunts. Having performed all over the world at top circus festivals and venues including Tigerpalast, Spiegelworld’s Absinthe, and the Big Apple Circus, the Anastasini Brothers are thrilled to make their Teatro ZinZanni debut.
KELLY BRITT, a born Chicagoan, has performed opera and musical theatre throughout the Midwest and west coast. She also happens to be a direct descendant of Parisian circus founder Antonio Franconi and boasts a rich family history of 300+ years of circus performing. It seems only fitting for her vocal talents to be put to use in a tent! Her credits include INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria), THE MUSIC MAN (Marian Paroo), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown), 110 IN THE SHADE (Lizzie), DIE FLEDERMAUS (Adele), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Susanna), and CARMEN (Micaela). Kelly received her undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and her graduate degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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.
Samuel and Sylvia have worked together since 2007 to combine their backgrounds in aerial arts, gymnastics, and contortion to create their dynamic aerial adagio act. Their passionate, romantic trapeze performance as “Duo Rose” combines unique dynamic elements with aerial contortion. The seamless flow of highly technical skills and intense passion creates a fluid aerial ballet that never fails to elicit a powerful emotional response. A complex routine of balance, strength, discipline and grace, they bring a particular elegance to their presentation of the human body in all its beauty and in all that it can do.
They have designed and fabricated their own costumes and trapeze bars as well as developed their act independently without primary instruction from a circus school or dedicated trainer.
Their act has toured internationally in some of the top circuses and variety houses in Europe, Australia and the United States. Some of the world-class varieté and circus venues they have had the honor of performing in include Tigerpalast Varieté, Teatro Zinzanni, Apollo Varieté, Circus Roncalli, Knie’s Salto Natale and many other top companies. They are also critically acclaimed winning eleven awards from seven international circus festival competitions.
In August 2010 they made history by becoming the the first American circus artists to perform in Havana, Cuba since 1959. Officially sanctioned by the United States Government to travel to Cuba, they competed in the 9th International Circus Festival, “CIRCUBA” in Havana, where they earned the Bronze medal.
Frank Ferrante is an actor-director dubbed “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “artful” by The New York Times. At 23, Frank originated the title role in Off-Broadway’s Groucho: A Life in Revue by Groucho Marx’s son Arthur later reprising it in London’s West End and on PBS. Frank earned New York’s Theatre World Award, a NY Outer Critics Circle and a London Laurence Olivier nomination for the part. He’s performed the role over 2500 times in over 500 cities – including a recent 35 city Australian tour. In 1995, he directed the premiere of the Pulitzer finalist Old Wicked Songs. His performance as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre was heralded as a top ten of 2017 by the Wall Street Journal. He guest-starred on Rob Corddry’s Emmy-winning Childrens Hospital, is a voice on the animated SpongeBob SquarePants and Garfield and was a question on TV’s Jeopardy. Frank is a regular with Teatro ZinZanni since 2001 performing more than 1200 shows as The Caesar.
Elena Gatilova was a World Champion rhythmic gymnast competing for Ukraine when she discovered her passion for performing arts. After her sporting career, Elena was invited by Cirque du Soleil to participate in the creation of their Las Vegas production Zumanity, where she was featured as a principal character and lead dancer, performing over 2,500 shows. Elena’s further work includes performances in Franco Dragone’s high-end cabaret show Taboo, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, Italian TV show Chiambretti Night, and the feature film LoveSick. Elena has also appeared in Playboy, Vanity Fair, and Smithsonian magazines, and has worked with world-renowned artists such as Cher, Thierry Mugler, Dita Von Teese, David LaChapelle, and Luca Tommassini. Elena recently completed a world tour with Circus 1903, a new production from the creators of the Broadway success The Illusionists. Love, Chaos & Dinner is Elena’s 7th collaboration with Teatro ZinZanni and she is thrilled to perform for Chicago audiences.”
Lady Rizo aka Amelia Zirin-Brown is a NYC based performance artist, comedienne, singer, composer, and actor. Received with critical raves three years in a row at the Assembly Festival in Edinburgh, she won the inaugural Time Out London and Soho Theatre Award, and the 2013 London Cabaret Award. She is also a Grammy winner for a 2010 collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma. A recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, her original pieces have shown at the Public Theatre in New York (Joe’s Pub resident artist for 3 years), London’s Leister Square Theatre, and the Sydney Festival (nominee for a 2013 Helpmann award). Along with Yo-Yo Ma, she has recorded with Moby and Reggie Watts. Her debut album is entitled Violet and her second album Indigo will out spring 2017 at www.ladyrizo.com.
“Isn’t it fascinating what we can do for a living”. That is what Mr P.P. says when reflecting upon his life and show business. Mr P.P.’s odd eccentric character has delighted audiences around the world for over 35 years. He has entertained and astonished people in musicals, festivals, theatres, cabaret and variety shows around the globe. Travelling with just a few eggs, his ukulele, a unicycle, some ping pong balls and his melodious voice, this odd beanpole charms you with his amazing physical, comic and musical feats. Mr P.P. has performed with fellow show business legends including Elton John, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minelli and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and he’s very happy to be back in Seattle for another wonderful Teatro Zinzanni production. Mr P.P. is the comic creation of Australian actor Tim Tyler, now living in Montreal