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Blanc de Blanc Encore

7 JANUARY – 4 MARCH 2023


“A highlight of the Sydney summer…had audience members on the edge of their seats”
The Sunday Telegraph

‘There isn’t a dull moment in this thrilling show… unadulterated, shameless entertainment.’
City Hub

The hedonistic world of Blanc de Blanc Encore returns to Sydney in 2023 playing from Saturday 7 January at the exciting new theatre The Grand Electric, Surry Hills. After its record-breaking world premiere at the Sydney Opera House in 2019 ENCORE sold out to standing ovations Australia-wide. 

Strut & Fret, the creative force behind shows including LIMBO, Limbo Unhinged, Fear & Delight and the original BLANC de BLANC bring back the international cast of ENCORE to serve an intoxicating blend of fun, flirtation and acrobatic feats; enthralling audiences with the same addictive blend of acrobatic artistry and risqué revelry that its creators are world-renowned for.

Scott Maidment, Creative Director of the award-winning and boundary-breaking production house, Strut & Fret, says: “We know Sydney audiences are ready and willing for some world-class escapist entertainment and we cannot wait to finally return with one of our hit circus-cabaret corruptions, and in our brand-new Sydney theatre venue, a new first-class theatre experience.”

The star studded, internationally sourced cast with its numerous Cirque du Soleil alumni returns with Felix Pouliot from Canadaaerial duo Spencer Craig (Canada) and Caitlin Marion (USA), Remi Martin (Germany/France), and introducing Rechelle MansourMelanie Hawkins from Australia, New Zealand’s Emma Phillips and Léah Wolfffrom Canada. 

Audience members are encouraged to embrace the experience, add a little French flair and dress to the theme: white with a touch of sparkle.

Warning: This performance contains strobe lighting, theatrical haze, one tonne of ethically sourced white feathers, adult themes, coarse language, full frontal nudity and references to alcohol consumption. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, please take your medications and your precautions.

VENUE: The Grand Electric, Theatre No1, 199 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
DATES: 7th January – 4th March 2023
TIMES: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 4.30pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3:30pm & 7pm 
PRICES: Tickets from $70


Caitlin started training in aerial arts at age 11, never imagining that her passion would lead her to tour the world with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia, and Strut & Fret.  In 2017 Caitlin created a duo aerial hoop act with Spencer Craig for which they have received prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious international circus festivals including silver medals in Italy (2021) and China (2019) and a bronze medal in the USA (2018).  Caitlin loves teaching aerial arts and Pilates, going on safari in Africa and spraying people with Champagne!
Emma Phillips has gone from small town New Zealand to gracing international stages as one of the only Western artists to perform Chinese style foot juggling in the world. She spent over two and a half years training at two of the most prestigious schools in China, the Beijing International Arts School and the Wuqiao Acrobatics School, where she was taught the traditional art of foot juggling by China’s finest. Emma has spent the past 6 years working with some of the most renown companies in Europe including Roncalli Circus Theatre, The GOP and Palazzo. She is also the first performer in the world to combine umbrella and table juggling in the same act, a feat that even the Chinese told her would be impossible.  
French acrobat Félix Pouliot specialises in Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, and Clowning. 
He graduated from the Circus School of Quebec in 2014, and has since made appearances with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, GOP Variete, and Strut & Fret’s own Boom Boom in the House of Casa Blah Blah, and Love Riot with P&O Cruises
Léah grew up in Ottawa, Canada, but crossed the world to attend l’École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Brussels, Belgium. There, under the coaching of Roman Fedin, she made her craft an art, and worked to unearth the infinite links between aerial technique and her dance background. Since her graduation in 2016, Léah has toured internationally with world renown companies, such as Cirque du Soleil, The 7 Fingers, Strut & Fret, and GOP Varieté in Germany. It is with great pleasure that Léah returns to the Strut & Fret stage to do what she loves best.

Melanie most recently performed the iconic role of Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show at the historic Theatre Royal Hobart, as well as playing the leading role of Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. She appeared in the Australian tour of Singin’ In The Rain which included a season in Tokyo, playing the role of Zelda and performed alongside Hugh Jackman as a lead cast member in the Broadway to Oz arena tour. She was an original cast member of the stage production of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the musical, King Kong live on stage and Wicked. 
Rechelle is a true prodigy! At age 7 she was cast in Annie (GFO) and at 11 in Billy Elliot (Old Vic Productions). Rechelle holds a Certificate IV in Performing Arts and her theatre credits include Aladdin The Musical (Disney), Velvet the Show (Craig Ilot/Peter Rix), Blanc de Blanc and Life (Strut & Fret). Rechelle has performed with Cher, Jason Derulo and Ricky Martin, toured with Danni Minogue and appeared on The Masked Singer, X Factor and The Voice. Recently, Rechelle played Val in A Chorus Line! (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) and a lead role in FAME the Musical.
Acrobat Rémi Martin graduated from Berlin’s State School of Circus Arts in 2007 where he specialised in Chinese Pole. Since then, he has travelled the world performing at the Wintergarten Variety Show, GOP Variety Theater, Chamäleon Theatre, La Clique, Sziget Festival, Cirque du Soleil. In 2012, Rémi performed as part of the annual Royal Variety Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded the Silver Medal at Solycirco International Circus Festival in 2009 and the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in 2010. Most recently, Rémi was credited with the creation of LIAR – Life is a rehearsal. Winner of various Awards at the Fringe World Perth and Fringe Adelaide 2020.
Spencer began his training in youth circus at age 8. Beginning with hand balancing & diabolo before discovering his love for aerials. In 2011 he moved to Montréal to train aerial hoop with coaches Marie-Michelle Faber and Victor Fomine. He has gone on to perform his solo and duo hoop numbers with Cirque Du Soleil, GOP Varieté, Circus Roncalli as well as Strut & Fret’s other productions Love Riot and Showtime At The Pink Flamingo. His duo hoop act with aerial partner Caitlin Tomson-Moylan has also been awarded silver medals at both the 2019 Wuqiao Circus Festival in China & the 2021 Salieri Circus Festival in Italy. Spencer currently resides in Montréal, Canada.