Daring Jones Duo
The Daring Jones Duo (David Jones and Blaze Birge) trained with a 5th generation Romanian circus family long ago in a faraway land. Combining speed, power and technical mastery they strive to inspire audiences. With adventure as their primary criteria, the Daring Jones Duo has featured in both traditional and non- traditional circus all over the world from Mumbai to Monte Carlo.
SELECTED AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
- 1st Place, VivaFest Proserries, Las Vegas, 2017
- Silver, Wuhan Festival, China 2016
- Bronze Ring, Idol Festival, Russia 2016
- Bronze Idol, Idol festival, Russia 2016
- 1st Bronze, 15th Wuqiao International Circus Festival, China 2015
- 1st Silver, 7th International Circus Festival Izhevsk, Russia 2014
- Great Moscow State Circus Award, 7th International Circus Festival Izhevsk, Russia 2014
- Safari Circus Special Award, 7th International Circus Festival Izhevsk, Russia 2014
- Zapashny Bros Special Award, 7th International Circus Festival Izhevsk, Russia 2014
- Zapashny Bros Special Award, 38th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival 2014
- 1st Bronze, Moscow International Circus Festival, Nikulin, Russia 2013
- 1st Bronze, Festival Del Circo, Latina, Italy, 2012
- America’s Got Talent, National TV syndicate, top 48, 2012
- Critic’s Choice Award, Festival Del Circo, Figueres, Spain, 2012
- Audience Choice Best Aerial Act, 2005 American Circus Festival, Santa Cruz
Amelia Van Brunt
Amelia Van Brunt is a professional and award-winning actor/creator, clown, teacher, dancer, fire spinner, burlesque performer, character extraordinaire and founding Artistic Director of theatre company Bad, Bad Bunny. She performs regularly around the San Francisco/Bay Area and specializes in complete physical transformation and ferocious play in her characters. Amelia studied at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater where she completed a one-year Professional Training Program and after graduation returned to complete a master’s thesis on clown. Amelia performs and collaborates with companies including the Vau de Vire Society, Medical Clown Project, Fou Fou Ha!, Flynn Creek Circus, and Cirque de Bohème – with whom she is a core company member of. Amelia has trained with and worked professionally alongside Steve Martin, Bill Irwin, Stephen Buescher, Steve Smith (Ringing Bros and Big Apple Circus), Ronlin Foreman, Joe Dieffenbacher and Joan Schirle. Amelia completed an artist residence at the San Francisco Circus Center where she developed the one-woman show, ‘In the Blue of Evening,’ which tours internationally and was accepted into the 2017 International UNO Festival. Recently she received the full CCF grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation to attend and present at the HCIM 2018 – Healthcare Clowning International Meeting in Vienna, Austria as a representative of the Medical Clown Project for this international conference of therapeutic clown leaders.
Florent is one of a kind. His awkward tendencies impose a specific challenge for him, influencing his distinct and captivating body language, and earning him the nickname “Gaston Lagaffe”. He accepts this title with a grin, as he dances away with graceful awkwardness, juggling with ease and perfect coordination.
At the age of 17, after realizing his weightlifting career was coming to an end, he decided to give himself completely to circus. Over a period of 5 years, 3 of which were spent at theNational Circus School in Montreal, he developed his circus skills, notably juggling, which would become his specialty, and clowning, a skill and passion that he continually nourishes and develops to this day.
These years of work led him to a silver medal and public prize at the 30th “festival mondial du cirque du demain” in 2009. He went on to tour the world for 3 years with the company “The 7 fingers” in the show “PSY”. He is now a founding member the company “Tete d’Enfant“, as well as co-director and performer in their first show, “Me, myself and us”.
He continues to perform his solo acts and give workshops in the hopes of contaminating his audience and pupils, spreading his sweet madness upon those who wish it (and maybe even those who don’t!).
Mariana De Sanctis
Until the age of nineteen, Marianna learned to make excellent coffee and cappuccinos.
One day, she packed her bags to travel the world, and discovered circus! Until this time she had no prior circus training, she had never hula hooped, or even done gymnastics. Despite this total lack of circus skills, she had the opportunity to hula hoop with a friend; Silvia Pavone. With her she learnt to hula hoop in Italy for the first time, but this was for fun and not in a traditional circus. Marianna started to play with the hula hoop, and found that it helped her to release repressed anger.
Later she played with this circular object in various performances on open stages, and she decide to study something beyond the techniques learned from the hula hoop videos she had seen. She went on to study at “FLIC” circus school in Italy, and later in the school of circus “LE LIDO” in France. Having started this skill just for fun, she now works using her own personal style, where the simple turn of hula hoop, is sometimes forgotten in the corner of her brain.
Actually she works with GOP Varieté.
Anjo Bem Zouza
Biography and Selected Work History:
Robson de Souza Pinto Junior (Anjo Bem Souza) was born in the city of Colatina (ES) on October 31, 1991. He has been a professional slackline champion and leader in local, national and international competitions since 2012. Specializing in slack line trick acrobatics translated from sport into a fluid artistic presentation, Anjo is one of a handful of performers of this genre in the world. He has toured in the largest traditional circuses of South and North America including American Circus in Chile and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey and in the USA.
Two-time professional Brazilian Slackline champion (2013), different competitions.
Two-time professional Brazilian Slackline champion (2014), different competitions.
Vice-professional South American champion in Los Andes in Chile (2013).
Current Pro Slackline champion champion in Espirito Santo (2016).
Vice Place International Circus Festival – Golden Circus, performance Slackline (2014).
Circus Mentor Junior Performer 2017-Present
Shem grew up on a homestead in Northern California. While he has been performing since the age of 9, Shem has had limited access to professional coaching or training in his rural area. Shem needed exposure to professional circus artists to grow. Since becoming accepted as a Junior Performer with Circus Mentors Inc., Shem has had the opportunity to traveled to the Wuhan Acrobatic Circus Festival in China, which hosts world-renowned performers. While at the Wuhan Acrobatic Circus Festival, he was able to meet and talk to world-class performers and see firsthand what the professional circus world is like. Additionally as a Circus Mentor’s Junior, Shem has been able to strengthen his acrobatics, aerial silks, and aerial rope as well as polish his theatrical skills. With recommendation from Circus Mentors, he was invited to compete at Viva Fest in February 2018 where he took 2nd place in the professional program, receiving offers from prestigious companies such as Cirque De Soliel and Circus Roncalli.
Maya deLoche- Circus Mentor Junior Performer 2017-Present
18 year old Maya deLoche, Aerialist and beginner Contortionist with a background in Theatre Arts and Vocals has enjoyed performing since the age of 5.
At about 10 years old, Maya began training and eventually performing with Circus MeCCA and fell in love with Circus Arts. She now specializes in Aerial Silks, Cerceau (aerial hoop), and Contortion, and has fun developing character and choreography. This year she is excited to be part of a challenging doubles act on Lyra that she hopes you will love as much as she does.
She was able to expand her skills attending classes at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, and competing this Spring in Las Vegas at Viva Fest 2018 .
Maya loves all things Circus, and is so happy to be back in her second year as an Apprentice touring with Flynn Creek Circus!
Last year, she was selected as a Circus Mentor’s Junior Performer and was given the opportunity to tour with a real circus for 3 summer months. After 66 shows and 11 cities, she learned leadership and team work skills, and, in her own words, “I feel as though I am a much stronger, more independent, hardworking, motivated person that works through until the job is done, but has fun doing it.” For her, this apprenticeship was positive and life-changing, because she has a working knowledge of what it takes to live life as a circus artist, living and working as a team, and knows it is her future. Maya’s performance experience with Circus Mentors was a determining factor in her recent success at winning 3rd place in the VivaFest emerging artist’s program, 2018.
Jenavieve Snyder – Circus Mentors Junior Performer 2018
Jenavieve hails from Mendocino, CA, where she has developed a unique style based on her combination of strength, flexibility, and grace. She is a well rounded artist performing aerial hoop and training straps, rope and tissue with the Mendocino Center for Circus Arts (CircusMecca). Jenavieve has wowed audiences with her fluid and dynamic power for two years now with CircusMecca and is looking forward to debuting a new duo aerial hoop act for the first time for Flynn Creek Circus audiences this summer.
Nicole Laumb (Nikki) is originally from Washington State and followed a winding vocational journey of working for newspapers, AmeriCorps, and goat farming to reside in Mendocino, CA.
Tyler Beale is 28 years old. Born in Santa Rosa, California, this will be Tyler’s fourth year touring and performing with Flynn Creek Circus. He has always had a passion for pushing the body and mind to its limits and jumping into adrenaline filled activities. It was only a matter of time before he found the circus world, his true home. His specialties include aerial straps and precision knife throwing. Don’t flinch!! Training five days a week to perfect his skills. In his off time, he is a foreman for a construction crew that helps keep him in top physical condition. Last year he travelled Udmurtia State Circus in Izhevsk, Russia to assist David and Blaze for their performance.
‘Adrift’– A hilarious Circus Odyssey filled with incredible stunts and surprising twists.
Flynn Creek circus returns in 2018 with an all new, better than ever show! This year’s event features huge acrobatic stunts like never before as we journey along a hilarious sea odyssey. International award winning aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and more weave an extraordinary story while displaying tremendous skill mastery. Appropriate for all ages. Charming, quirky and unforgettable, this show promises to please!
Flynn Creek Circus is an all-human production.