Beauty and the Beast

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                                                                     BIOGRAPHIES


Julie Atlas Muz - Beauty

Julie Atlas Muz has become one of the most acclaimed and prolific conceptual performers and choreographers anywhere. Her come-hither performances that have secured her a vaunted place in opposite realms — the underworld and the establishment art world. Muz was named Lambent Fellow, Valencia Biennial Artist, Whitney Biennial Artist, and Artist-in-Residence from Chashama, Joyce Soho, Dixon Place  and Movement Research. Since 2010 she has been touring large scale theaters in France with the Cabaret New Burlesque as well as creating and starring in radical evening length productions in Spiegeltents around the globe. 

Julie has created and toured The Freak and the Showgirl and Apocastrip WOW with her husband Mat Fraser. The show has been hailed as “gobsmacking” and has toured to shocked and delighted audiences in Australia, Holland the UK and America.    Whitney Biennial ArtistA Valencia Biennial ArtistEthyl Eichelberger Award RecipientLambent Fellow,  and a Franklin Furnace Artist,  Muz proudly champions the tradition of naked ladies in public spaces as acts of political resistance initiated in the 11th century by Lady Godiva.

Mat Fraser - The Beast

Mat Fraser is one of the U.K’s best known disabled performers, and is a multi disciplinary performing artist, actor, writer, and musician, who has played to a myriad of International audiences. Always interested in the relationship between disability and entertainment, his wit, subversive lack of political correctness, the sideshow style, & his playful sexuality, combine to make work that is new, challenging, and funny. He also hosted the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics, drummed with Coldplay in the closing ceremony, and is a regular performer at The Box, & The Slipper Room & Sideshows by the Seashore in Coney Island

Recent credits include “The Fades”, “Cast Off’s”, & “Holby City”, with documentaries such as “Born Freak” & "Happy Birthday Thalidomide", as well as his award winning plays such as “Sealboy: Freak”, and “Thalidomide!! A Musical”, both financially supported by ACE. He also played the lead in the controversial “cripsloitation” action film “Unarmed But Dangerous”. He is the title holder of the Erotic Award (U.K.) for Best Male Striptease artist 2007. In January 2014, he'll be debuting his new solo shows commissioned by a group of British museums, called "Cabinet of Curiosities: How disability was kept in a box", details of which, as well as all other information including his full CV, are on his website www.matfraser.co.uk

Jonny Dixon – Puppeteer

 For the past 20 years Jonny has worked extensively in the fields of physical theatre, mask, puppetry, and devised performance. Having trained at Ecole LeCoq in Paris and at Bretton Hall, Jonny’s adventures have included performing award winning mask theatre in Iran, Opera in Texas, Puppetry in Norway and Shakespeare in Singapore. Recent work includes playing Caliban for The RSC in Stratford and touring a 2-man version of Richard III for Kevin Spacey’s company visiting 8 different countries around the globe. He also created a solo show, Muzzle, which received critical acclaim and played to packed houses in the UK and Germany. Jonny is an experienced mask and puppet maker and made puppets for Billy Elliot the Musical in the west End and Broadway. He also works as a professional illustrator and artist and is currently building his own 90-foot houseboat from scratch!

Jess Mabel Jones – Puppeteer

Jess has worked extensively as a puppeteer and actress in theatre. Credits include Blind Summit, RSC, Little Angel Theatre and The Watermill. Jess is Associate Director of Finger in The Pie and programmer of the prestigious Finger in The Pie Cabaret. Jess has written The Tragic & Regrettable Life of Teofila Teodora de la Lima and numerous street theatre pieces for her old company Woodenfingers. Her autobiographical show My Name is Rifnur is being developed with the Battersea Arts Centre. @jessmabeljones

 Kevin Pollard – Costume Designer

Kevin Pollard has worked in costume for nearly 3 decades.  His portfolio ranges from major international productions to small-scale, intimate theatre.   In the mid 1990s he designed costumes for Improbable Theatre’s critically acclaimed Shockheaded Peter, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award.   Since then, Kevin has worked on a wide variety of productions.  These include the National Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The ForumThe Magic Flute for the WNO and Satyagraha, L’amour de Loin and The Pearl Fishers at the ENO.  He has also worked for the New York Metropolitan Opera, most notably as costume designer for Enchanted Island in 2012.  Kevin’s other work includes long-standing relationships with Temesis Dance, Spike Theatre and Fittings Multimedia Arts.  Recently he has worked on the Manchester Royal Exchange production of Edmund the Learned Pig and the National Theatre of Scotland on its award-winning Ménage a Trois.

Colin Grenfell – Lighting Designer

Colin has been lighting shows and performances for over 20 years. It started when he met Phelim, Lee and Julian from Improbable and they asked him to run away on tour. The first productions were 70 Hill Lane and Animo, and this was the start of a long collaboration; they have made shows touring the UK and around the world, including Theatre of Blood (National Theatre), The Hanging Man (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Lifegame (National Theatre, UK Tour, La Jolla Playhouse, Off Broadway, Brisbane, US Tours), Spirit (Royal Court, UK & US Tours, Sydney Opera House, New York Theatre Workshop). For the National Theatre of Scotland Colin lit Black Watch, The Bacchae, 365, and Men Should Weep. Also in Scotland, The Elephant Man, A Doll's House, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Steel Magnolias, Equus (Dundee Rep), Pandas (Traverse Theatre), Beauty and The Beast, Hansel & Gretel (Citizens Theatre), and numerous shows on the fringe for the festival.

Colin has also been resident lighting designer at Opera Holland Park, lighting 24 shows over the last eight years. Other work includes The Caretaker (Everyman Liverpool, West End, Adelaide Festival, US Tour), The Village Social (National Theatre of Wales), Riflemind, Alex (West End), Through a Glass Darkly, When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre), Thief of Baghdad (Royal Opera House).

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