SCOTCH & SODA

Circus. Jazz. Served straight up!

Season: February – August 2017

With our new season we show you that New Circus in general and the CHAMÄLEON in particular is always different and never predictable. The charismatic acrobats and musicians of Australian circus company Company 2 will come to Berlin for the very first time and will present SCOTCH & SODA: a whiskey-soaked evening of circus and jazz that will leave you amazed, amused and ready to join the party!

 

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Whoever enters our theater, enters a world that lets the flair of dusty, Prohibition-era backyard dives come alive. Here, circus, theatre and spectacular music are shaken and stirred to serve audiences a marvelous cocktail – smoky, exciting and a bit on the wild side. Come and meet a rowdy mob of misfits that know no tomorrow: five acrobats encounter the raucous jazz musicians of The Uncanny Carnival Band and climb to new heights on trapeze, tiptoe over champagne bottles and thrill their audiences with a good deal of intoxicating humour.

What you can expect

Worldclass acrobatics, gravity-defying physical feats and a lot of fun and laughter. SCOTCH & SODA is circus and jazz, served straight up. Ten exceptional artistic personalities present a performance with a kick to it to music invoking the meeting of early military brass bands and travelling gypsy’s in a rowdy whiskey joint. A thrilling, funny and completely entertaining night-out.

Grab a drink at our bar and join us at the biggest circus party Berlin has ever seen!

We are especially looking forward to our collaboration with the Australian Government, who will promote numerous events across a variety of fields in the context of “Australia now Germany 2017” including for the season of SCOTCH & SODA at the CHAMÄLEON.


We recommend the show to children aged 12 and older.

Cast

David Carberry, SCOTCH & SODA

David Carberry Director and Performer

Teeterboard, Artistic Bike, Shoulder Pole, Partner Acrobatics, Dance Apache, and Guitar

David began dance and acrobatics when he was eight years old, and two years later, he also began guitar lessons. Educated at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School, he was trained extensively by Russian, Chinese, and Australian masters. As a student, he made appearances both nationally and internationally on the stage, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony and on tour to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Sweden. Since graduating, some of his professional highlights include being an original member of Circa, developing movement techniques under Yaron Lifschitz and alongside Chelsea McGuffin, as well as being a co-creator and musical director on a number of Circa productions. David was a performer in BRIEFS and TOM TOM CREW, and he was a co-creator and musician for the award winning production CANTINA. As a co-founder of Company 2, David has created, produced, and performed in a number of award winning productions including: SCOTCH & SODA, PERCHED, KALEIDOSCOPE, and SEDIMENT. David has brought many shows to life that have then toured all over the world. He is constantly creating, and he has been on the stage for 25 years.

Kate Muntz, SCOTCH & SODA

Kate Muntz Teeterboard, Aerial Rope, Artistic Bike, Foot Juggle, Bottle Walking

Kate started training at The Flying Fruit Fly Circus School when she was eight years old. She graduated after ten years of training and touring. In 2014, she was a member of Flipism, a company that was funded by the Australia Council, to work with some of Australia’s leading circus trainers and directors. Most recently, Kate worked with the Circa Contemporary Circus in collaboration with Katie Noonan on the piece LOVE SONG CIRCUS and joined the Company 2 Ensemble in January 2015.

Alice Muntz, SCOTCH & SODA

Alice Muntz Static Trapeze, partner acrobatics

Alice joined the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School at age eight and studied for 10 years, during which she specialized in aerials and diabolo. She also completed a technical training at the Hot House Theatre Company. After her graduation in 2011, she joined the leading Australian troupe, Circa, and performed in shows that include: CIRCA, CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, OPUS and WUNDERKAMMER. At the start of 2016, Alice departed from touring life with Circa and joined the ensemble of Company 2. She is now a full time member of the ensemble and is currently touring in three of the company’s works. 

Skip Walker-Milne, SCOTCH & SODA

Skip Walker-Milne Handstands, Shoulder Pole, Teeterboard, Partner Acrobatics

Skip was born in 1991 and grew up amongst the beautiful beaches of Victoria, Australia. At four-years old, he learned to climb trees and, soon after, started walking on his hands. He started circus in 2008 and graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2012. He went on to create and perform in Circa’s Beyond from 2013–2015. Skip is passionate about food, jumping, and surfing and is looking forward to continue working and touring with Company 2.

James Kingsford Smith, SCOTCH & SODA

James Kingsford Smith Straps, teeterboard and lots of clowning around

James began his training in gymnastics and has been on the stage for the past 15 years. He is a trained actor, stuntman, high diver, physical comedian, circus instructor, acrobat, and aerialist. He graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts, was one of the original Circa ensemble members, was a lead in a Cirque du Soleil production, and directed and performed with Danielle Finzi Pasca. James established The BOB Collective in 2010 which premiered at the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.  They produced 4 international shows and collaborated with BASE Berlin to co-create DUMMY LAB in 2015 which played at the CHAMÄLEON. His work with Company 2 began as an ensemble member of SCOTCH & SODA.

Matthew Ottignon, SCOTCH & SODA

Matthew Ottignon Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Matt is a gun sax player and multi-instrumentalist with indisputable musical genes. One of Australia’s hardest working musicians, he is a National Jazz Award finalist, a two time Freedman Fellowship nominee and has performed with international legends from Lou Reed and Brian Wilson to the Blues Brothers’ Steve Cropper. Matt leads his own band Mister Ott which took it’s inspiration from Ethiopian jazz of the 60’s & 70’s, now blending a jazz sextet with Hip Hop, Electronica, Afro Beat, and Dancehall. The resulting groove fuses Matt’s passions for music and traveling, forming a resonance that, in some ways, harks back in time, yet fits perfectly in the 21st Century. Not one to shy away from different musical genres, Matt can be seen on tv with the hit children show Lah Lah’s Adventures as colourful character Mr. Saxophone, and also performs in French chanson outfit, Baby Et Lulu.

Eden Ottignon, SCOTCH & SODA

Eden Ottignon Bass

Like his brothers Matthew and Aron, the New Zealand-born, Australian-based bass player Eden (Keating the Musical!, Orkestra of the Underground, Mister Ott, Crusty Suitcase Band) has been playing music from a young age, and he has performed all over the world, including in places like the UK, the USA, India, and Japan. He also recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and he is constantly looking for ways to combine his passions for environmental sustainability and music. One such project is the Sun Chasers, a solar-powered band that can make any outdoor space into a live music venue by just using the power of the sun.

Ben Hendry, SCOTCH & SODA

Ben Hendry Drums

Ben’s favorite thing in the whole world is to play the drums. Ben has performed with many Australian music icons and even had a cocktail named in his honour at Australia’s premier jazz club. A graduate of the Victorian College of Arts, Ben has been performing around the globe with Australia’s premier contemporary circus company, Circus Oz, for the past three years. With deeply satisfying rhythm and charisma, Ben is a versatile musician with broad experience, and he is happiest when he’s at the drum set.

Chris O'Dea, SCOTCH & SODA

Chris O'Dea Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone

Chris is a saxophonist from Sydney. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with legends of the Australian jazz scene such as: David Theak, Dale Barlow, Matt McMahon, Col Loughnan, and Mike Nock. He is a founding member of The BRASSHOLES, which has had numerous TV appearances and is currently performing around Sydney. Chris is also a member of various bands such as The Corridors, The Basement Big Band, and the Arthur Washington Quintet, which features George Washingmachine on the violin.

Lucian McGuiness, SCOTCH & SODA

Lucian McGuiness Cornet, Trombone, Tuba, Ukelele

Lucian, born and raised in Canberra, Australia, is a proactive musician, composer, and live-event producer. He has developed musical concepts for major arts festivals throughout Australia, like the gospel trombone choir Salvation Street Shout, the rhythm & blues cabaret Little Egypt’s Speakeasy, and the satirical parlour music ensemble, The Vintage Quartestra. Lucian studied trombone at the Australian National University, the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, and the Sydney Conservatorium. He has been a finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards and a Freedman Fellowship nominee. Lucian lives and works in the Netherlands and Australia. He performs with groups including the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, the Crusty Suitcase Band, and the Orkestra of the Underground. He has arranged music for Holly Throsby, Passenger, and Tentempiés, and in 2015, he will release an album with Sarah Belkner under the moniker, My Goodness McGuiness.

The company

Company 2 are a boutique Performing Arts
Company based in Brisbane, Australia. Striving
to create work that enables them to grow as
artists, pushes their art form and helps them create
contemporary circus that is full of
heart and created with passion. Directed by David Carberry and Chelsea McGuffin, who worked for the renowned Australian circus company Circa for many years, the work of Company 2 is collectively devised and they engage artistically with everyone involved from performers, technicians, presenting partners and audiences. With backgrounds in dance, music and circus, their physical language derives from circus but the ensemble draws heavily from movement and has a strong sense of musicality in its projects.


Chelsea McGuffin trained as a dancer at the Centre for Performing Arts Adelaide, before moving into circus. She has worked extensively in the circus industry with both professional companies and community projects. Including Circus Monoxide, Tony’s Imaginary Circus, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Queensland Theatre Company and from 2000 – 2008 with CIRCA Contemporary Circus where she was the Associate Director. Chelsea then held the position of Creative Producer at Flipside Youth Circus for 3 years were she created a number of highly successfully productions and programs for young artists from 8months – 26years. In 2008 Chelsea co-founded Company 2 with David Carberry where they strive to create their own work which engages it audiences and pushes the art form to new places.

Press quotes

„... brilliant acrobatics and a jazz concert wrapped into one. Breathtaking.”
Berliner Morgenpost

“…unimaginable, but true.”
Berliner Zeitung

“Handstands and whiskey: a combination to die for”
Zitty

“...this really delivers the promised unity of music and acrobatics in one total work of art. Amazing.”
Siegessäule

“Scotch and Soda is straight up brilliant”
The Stage (UK)


“If you do nothing else, book a ticket now”
Arts Review (AUS)

 
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