Meet the Cast
Maite has been physically active since a young age and was trained as a competitive gymnast for over 10 years. She then found her love of performing and creativity with circus. Maite specialises in the use of movement through tumbling, acrobatics and trapeze. She has appeared at various cabarets within Australia and a number of works for Vulcana Women’s Circus; including Inertia which performed at Wonderland Festival, MELT festival and Mullumbimby Circus Festival. In 2017, Maite performed and co-produced Resting B*tch Face for Common Thread Circus at Wonderland Festival.
Mikayla was an elite gymnast, competing in State and National competitions across Australia throughout her childhood and teenage years. After retiring in 2012, she fell in love with performing and aerial arts. She studied at the National Institute of Circus Arts specialising in clown, acrobatics and trapeze. After graduation she continued her development training in Canada under Rachel Walker – a highly sought after, Montreal based trapeze artist. Mikayla is inspired by organic movement and the brilliance of the human body. On stage, she is authentic, unapologetic and cheeky.
Chirs is a dancer and circus performer based in Brisbane. Chris has always had an interest in movingstarting gymnastics as a 9 year old and progressively moving towards an elite stream in his teenage years. He continued training and competing until he finished his degree in Exercise Physiology at 23. He then began training in circus and hand to hand acrobatics and has performed frequently across Australia since then in cabaret, burlesque and circus. At 25 Chirs took his first dance class and fell in love with a whole new way of moving and expression.
Regan & Elyse
Elyse (performer, stage manager, registered nurse) and Regan (producer, performer, teacher) started with the Karma Sutra, added a little queer, and then a whole load of acrobatic strength and grace. The Result? CARNIE SUTRA. It’s better than sex. This duo plays with the parallels in physical intimacy between circus and sex to show two women embracing every awkward, liberating and downright hot moment of meeting someone and taking them home. Performing together since 2015 in Vulcana Circus student showcases and cabaret nights, Elyse and Regan formed this duo out of a larger all-female ensemble that toured several seasons of the full-length acrobatic show ‘Inertia,’ in Brisbane and Mullumbimby in 2016/17. They are currently devising a new, original work combing trio acrobatics, circus and live music into a full-length show with Brisbane based production company Fast and Loose.
Maddy Grant is a Brisbane based circus performer, clown and physical theatre artist. Her work is best characterised as surreal, and frequently involves disagreements with inanimate objects and a lot of loud noises. She was a member of the Vulcana Womens Circus ensemble, appearing in the work Inertia which was performed at the Wonderland festival (2016) and the National Circus Festival (2017). She co-wrote, co-produced and appeared in Resting Bitch Face at the Wonderland Festival (2017). She is a founding member of the clown group Product Display Unit (2018), and has performed as a solo artists at festivals and Cabarets in and around South East Qld since 2014. In 2019 she has produced and appeared in Dwell, and performed in Niflhel and Nautical But Nice doing roving character clown work.
Jay and Felix
Jay & Felix create circus and physical performance work that originates from a queer surrealist perspective. They establish a striking and humourous aestheticism that explores ideas of belonging, isolation, and connection, and the relationship to body, perception and beingness. Jay & Felix’s debut work Disturbo, developed with the support of Vulcana Womenʼs Circus, has been performed at Vulcanaʼs Peculiar Rabble, and MOI Production’s Doomsday Disko. Jay & Felix were ensemble performers in Memorial for Brisbane Festival 2018. Most recently, they were invited to be guest artists for the creative development of Circaʼs Leviathan. Individually, Jay & Felix have performed in cabarets, showcases, and festivals in Germany and Australia.
Physical theatre, circus and dance are the springboard from which Brisbane based performer Max Heers leaps into an embodied exploration of gender, transformation and performativity.
Ellen trained in both gymnastics and sports acrobatics before falling in love with circus in her teens. Upon graduating high school she moved to China to train at Beijing International Arts School where she focused on handstands, partner acrobatics and aerials. She is passionate about circus and is constantly amazed by the way it enables performers to connect with audiences to challenge and inspire. Ellen now wants to channel her energy into transforming her handbalancing into a tool for creation, exploration, and empowerment.