"It is a spectacular show. Velvet showcases performers who are nothing less than at the top of their game left the audience stunned and awestruck a fantastic experience of sensor overload that got not only a standing but a boogy ingovation." (Dirt & Candy)*****
"This stunner of a show is nothing less than a pure endorphin rush.The feelings of freedom and joy that characterised the disco world of the 1970s are distilled,intensified,and pumped up into one heck of a blast from the past.Put this show on your must-see list. It's simply a thriller and a killer and an uplifting experience that will get you shaking your groove thing!" (Stage Whispers)
"A discothèque extravaganza like I’ve never seen. I could write about this show for days, but just know that I’m burning to see it again." (Aspire Magazine)
"This is a must-see show of non-stop stunning amazement. Double bravo!" (The Barefoot Review)
Welcome to Wonderland…
Velvet completely redefines cabaret as a disco inferno that shocks, surprises and scintillates at every turn. This is an electrifying trip to a world of glamour and abandon, all in the company of vocal, dance and acrobatic stars. It’s sharp, sexy, raucous, and just a little sadomasochistic.
Featuring the legendary diva Marcia Hines, singer/songwriter Brendan Maclean, mixmaster with rhythmic brilliance Joey Accaria, hoola-boy extraordinaire Craig Reid, New Orleans burlesque queen Perle Noire, along with the sizzling aerial acrobatics of Stephen Williams and directed by Craig Ilott (Smoke & Mirrors).
Velvet is a fantastic sensory overload – funky, fresh, fun and sexy.
Do you love the nightlife?
"..a disco inferno shocks, surprises and scintillates at every turn." *****(The Adelaide Advertiser)
"A great cast of performers generate an exhilarating atmosphere which pays homage to the disco age; it’s glamorous and it’s racy, the singers walk the line of innocence and hedonism and the acrobatics are something to be seen." (The AU Review)
The luminescent and preposterously beautiful Marcia Hines has this year turned 60, and with her vocal prowess better than ever and her boundless energy and commitment to performance, she continues to win legions of fans around the world. In 2014 the legendary former Queen of Pop shows no signs of slowing down. With a career spanning four decades, Marcia is an inspiration to women everywhere; constantly reinventing herself and setting industry benchmarks; from being the first black women to star in Jesus Christ Superstar, to standing up for women’s rights on Australian Idol, to advocating ceaselessly for diabetes and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Baz Luhrmann calls him a “modern day Mick Jagger” and The Age calls him a “rare and true artist”.A performer on a grand scale, he has worked behind the microphone at triple j and through his work in film and his infamous pop songs, he has begun to carve himself an undeniable mark in the
entertainment world. In 2008, his first release Airport People won Song of The Year and in 2010 his EP White Canvas won him Writer of the Year, both at the Australian Youth Awards. Brendan also played the role of Klipspringer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, a role that has taken him to Italy, Paris, London and New York to perform.
Joe Accaria graduated in 1993 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Honours degree in Music and Education and has since worked extensively worldwide as a performer, composer, producer and music director. Artists include Andrea Bocelli, Smokey Robinson, Ronan Keating and Jimmy Barnes. Music direction credits include Tap Dogs, David Campbell, and Human Nature. Joe also performed in the Helpmann Award winning Smoke & Mirrors written and directed by Craig Ilott.
Chaska is one of Australia’s up and coming performers to watch and fast making her mark on the entertainment world with her incredible vocal and dance talent. Chaska has spent much of 2014 finely tuning her training with full time study at Brent Street Studios as well as performing on Channel 10’s X Factor with female vocal group XOX who made it through to the top 10.
At the age of 7 Rechelle Mansour was cast in Annie for GFO Productions and then at age 11 she joined the Australian cast of Billy Elliot for Old Vic Productions. Rechelle has not only made her mark in musical theatre but also in the commercial dance world working with recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Havana Brown and Red Foo and appearing on screen as a dancer on X Factor, The Voice AU, Australia’s Got Talent.
Stephen Williams’ acts combining balance, aerial strength and dance, together with his creative instincts as an artistic director, take him back and forth continually across the globe. A Bachelor Degree in Circus Arts awarded in 2004 by the National Institute of Circus Arts (Australia) provided the springboard for a spectacular international career that has seen him performing and creating work ranging from hip-hop, through street shows, to large scale festival shows of aerial and acrobatics and corporate events. Some of Stephen’s great achievements are creation and performance of the resident aerial harness show for the Australia Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.
Craig Reid aka “The Incredible Hula Boy” is the award winning hula-hoop circus variety act from Scotland and the undeniable king of the rings. Craig performs using hoops on multiple different parts of his body at one time before taking on the challenge of spinning the huge human slinky or hundreds of individual hoops at one time. He can also perform the rarely seen, aerial trick which sees him hula-hooping while been pulled high into the air by one hand. Past performances include the world famous La Clique (Edinburgh Fringe festival, Brighton Fridge festival), La Soirée (Roundhouse London) and Original cast of CabaRAE (Waikiki Hawaii).
Perle Noire, the Mahogany Queen of Burlesque, is international royalty. Known for her award-winning tribute to the legendary Josephine Baker, she was hand picked by Dita Von Teese to perform in her opulent Strip Strip Hooray production. Perle has been graced stages in Tokyo, Milan, Rome and Sydney. With a combination of glamour, seductive choreography and stage presence, she receives a standing ovation whenever and wherever she performs. She is “The Exotique Mystere”.
Emma has an established career as a multi-disciplinary dancer and aerialist. Starting her career in classical ballet, she began working with The NSW Ballet Company and The Queensland Ballet. A desire to travel took her to Europe, Asia and the USA, where she worked as a freelance dancer. This gave her the opportunity to work and explore new genres of performance such as Adagio and Aerial work on Lyra, Static trapeze, Silks and Spanish Web. She has also performed for Opera Australia, Disney (Japan) Anti-Gravity, Inc. (USA) and The Jean Ann Ryan Production Company (USA).
Born and bred in Berlin, Mirko Köckenberger discovered his love for the stage at an early age. The young handstand acrobat graduated from the Circus Arts School in Lille, France and the National Artists School in Berlin, Germany. Today, he is based in Berlin as part of the artists’ pool Base Berlin, with whom he developed his current signature act. He has performed across the world in shows including Base (Germany), La Clique, Expo China, Wintergarten Variete – to name a few.
DIRECTOR – CRAIG ILOTT
Craig is an award-winning Australian theatre director. He won a Green Room Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch before directing Love Song (MTC), Pig Iron People (STC) and The Pillowman for Company B Belvoir. His production of Smoke & Mirrors played festivals around the world and was awarded three Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work. In 2012 Craig directed the highly acclaimed production of La Clique Royale for The Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival and was appointed Creative Director for Pacha Sydney at The Ivy, the flagship Merivale Group venue, directing site specific performance and entertainment. Most recently he directed Band Of Magicians for the Sydney Festival, Diamonds are for Trevor for Arts Centre Melbourne and La Boheme for Opera Queensland.
CHOREOGRAPHER – LUCAS NEWLAND
Lucas is fast becoming one of Sydney’s most versatile and in demand choreographers.Throughout the last 12 months his work was featured on prime time television campaigns including the Big Brother 2013 promo TVC, the Master Chef 2013 promo TVC, the Celebrity Apprentice 2013 promo TVC and Australia’s Next Top Model 2013 promo TVC starring Jennifer Hawkins. He also recently returned from Las Vegas where he choreographed Vegas Nocturne, Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, working with creative director Wayne Harrison. This follows the great success Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace is enjoying in Las Vegas. Choreographed by Lucas in 2011, this show was voted “Best Show on the Strip” for three years running, only to be overtaken this year with the award going to Vegas Nocturne.
LIGHTING DESIGNER – MATT MARSHALL
Matthew Marshall a graduate of WAAPA, is in demand for his lighting designs for theatre, opera, eventsand dance. His passion and prolificacy as a lighting designer has been showcased most recently at the 2015 Sydney Festival event Beat the Drum – 40 Years of triple j, New Breed, Dark Voyager, 8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, The Winter’s Tale, Band of Magicians, Oedipus Schmoedipus, Forget Me Not, Cinderella, Day One, A Hotel, Evening, Gudirr Gudirr, Slow Dances for Fast Times, La Traviata, This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera for Sydney Opera House, and for Perth International Arts Festival - Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree, onefivezeroseven and Driving Into Walls. Matt’s talent for light has been recognised with nominations from the Helpmann Awards and Australian Production Design Guild. Matt is also a mentor to Technical Production students at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN – JAMES BROWNE
James has designed in all facets of the field in theatre, film and events including a development production of Faust for the Sydney Theatre Company and costumes for New Breed for the Sydney Dance Company. Other theatre design credits include Love Bites, Fat Swan, Certified Male, CASPA, Hats Off, Side by Side, Ordinary Days, and Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House starring John Cleese. James was the associate designer on Graeme Murphy’s AIDA for Opera Australia and Stuart Maunder’s SHOUT! James’ set for Reg Livermore’s TURNS (national tour) was nominated for the 2012 Greenroom Awards. James has recently designed for David Campbell’s Let’s Go national 2012 tour and Trevor Ashley’s Little Orphan Trashley at the Sydney Opera House. James is currently working on development pieces with Lunar Hare Productions and the Australian Ballet Co.
PRODUCER – VIRGINIA HYAM
Virginia specialises in programming and producing contemporary performances. Her career has spanned from working with youth focussed and community projects in Adelaide, directing Melbourne Fringe Festival and programming at the Sydney Opera House, where she was Executive Producer of the Studio, and as Head of Contemporary Performance. In these roles she established a successful series of multi arts productions and festivals attracting audiences and profiling artists to new levels of recognition. In her current roles as a freelance Producer/Curator/Arts Consultant, she works locally and internationally, with a mix of projects ranging from intimate underground cabaret, to large scale outdoors in Western Sydney, Hong Kong, and New York, programming at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, international project management for Stalker Theatre Company, and Producer of Australian exhibit for Prague Quadrennial 2015.
Velvet: why it’s a must-see Fringe show (IN DAILY ADELAIDE) - View article
'Disco Gaia' Marcia Hines hits the dancefloor with Brendan Maclean in Velvet (Sydney Morning Herald) - View article
Marcia Hines opens Velvet curtain on Garden of Unearthly Delight’s disco-flavoured Fringe fun (The Adelaide Advertiser) - View article
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