Jesse Scott – Co-Founder – jesse@casus.com.au

Jesse Scott has grown up living and breathing circus for as long as he can remember. Having worked with companies including Legs on the Wall, A4 Circus Ensemble, Candry Stripe Circus and The Australian Opera. Training and touring for 11 years with The Flying Fruit Fly Circus as well as touring international with Circa for 3 years; Jesse has a wide range of perfected circus skills and an in-depth understanding what it is to be a circus performer. A Casus co-founder, Jesse loves that Casus “gives a human face to circus, we don’t hide anything, we make it true – this is our world.”

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Natano Faanana – Co-Founder – natano@casus.com.au

Natano Fa’anana’s unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, fused with acrobatics, aerials and dance. He has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as Co-creator and Performer in Briefs: All Male Review, and in his current role as Co-founder, Creative Director and Company Member of Casus. Natano entered the world of performing in his thirties and chose to learn from individuals rather than through schools or institutions which has given him a unique blend of different styles, movement and culture. “I love art, I love circus and I’m a story teller. Creating shows is my outlet. Instead of making our art on a canvas with a paintbrush we do it with our bodies.”

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Lachlan Mcaulay – Co-Founder – lachlan@casus.com.au

Lachlan McAulay never had to wonder what he would be when he was older. At the young age of 13, Lachlan joined The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s leading youth circus, and immersed himself in every aspect of circus training. His dedication and talent for ground, aerial and ensemble work soon caught the eyes of his trainers. He spent his teenage years combining circus training with touring and performing throughout Australia and the world, an education he describes as “unique, exhilarating and very, very inspirational.” He continues his passion as a freelance performer and circus trainer before joining Circa. Lachlan is a “jack of all trades” in the circus world and is a highly skilled rigger, a ropes technician and prop maker.

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Kali Retallack – Ensemble member

Kali Retallack began training in circus with The Flying Fruit Fly Circus when she was a teenager. Kali went on to perform in Helpmann award winning Smoke and Mirrors, opened Emporium for Bas Lurmann, formed her own company A4 Circus Ensemble and has toured the world with companies such as Strange fruit and Acrobaitca. Kali’s passion for creating circus that fuses movement and skills in a beautiful and honest way that transcends any barriers between performers and audience there is no wonder why she is a perfect fit with the Casus Company.

Abbey Church – Ensemble member

Abbey Church engages femininity, muscle and vigour to illustrates what a strong woman of circus can be. Training and performing in Circus since the age of four, Abbey has worked nationally and internationally – first as a member of Flipside Youth Circus, then as a solo artist, and as a company member of the Australian performance companies Twisted Hitch, Wilde Applause and Crack Up Sisters.  Abbey’s personality shines through in all her performance work, and adds a special dynamic to her Casus shows. Off stage, Abbey finds time to share her love of circus through teaching and performance support. She is involved with Social Circus projects, and supports young performers in their development.

David Trappes – Ensemble member

Deciding at the age of 11 to become a circus performer David Trappes has not looked back since. Growing up as a part of a youth circus he went to Canada to spend two years at ‘l’École de Cirque de Québec’ as part of the professional program. Throughout this time David has developed himself not just as a acrobat and juggler but as an artist, musician, mover, comedian and performer.

Johnathon Brown – Ensemble member

John Brown is a proud Anawin man from Armidale, NSW in the New England region. He first started dancing when he was three years old and first came to NAISDA in 2013 and graduated in 2016. John has a passion to try out new things in life no matter how high or how dangerous it is. He is always striving to push himself in all aspects of his life and is always on the road to improvement.

Jon Bonaventura – Ensemble member 

From a young age, Jon remember’s being told to “get down from there”.  After years of gymnastics training he got his big break at age twelve, working as a stunt double in the Warner Bro’s film adaption of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ where he was discovered doing flips in a friend’s backyard. Intrigued by this surprise first taste of performing, Jon continued training as a gymnast, stunt actor and percussionist until he was old enough to audition for the National Institute of Circus Arts. Now with successful ventures as a self produced artist in Australia and an ensemble member internationally, Jon is looking forward to making new work, with wonderful people, and seeing the world.

Sarah McDougall – Ensemble member

Originally a volleyballer, Sarah ventured into the circus world seeking only a backsault for use in punctuating winning points! As she discovered the exciting things circus offered, the game soon slipped away and circus took hold. Her first steps into this world were through tumbling, manipulation and aerial, all of which she fell in love with, along with a taste for the hilarious and the absurd! Amusingly, despite being scared of heights, aerial work fast became her passion and she graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts, where she specialised in Single Point Trapeze, Aerial Chains and Hula Hoops.

Phoebe Carlson – Ensemble member

Phoebe began her performance journey in the South of Western Australia, where she developed her love of theatre, dance and circus. In 2011 this took her to the National Institute of Circus Arts, where she specialised in corde lisse, hula hoops and acrobatics.

Phoebe explored the independent circus scene as a co-creator and performer in Madhouse Circus, with whom she performed 5 seasons around Australia. She then went on to work with After Dark Theatre on the show “The Barbaroi”. In 2015, she also toured with contemporary circus company “Circa”.

She is enthused by toying the limits of the human body, how different bodies move together and what meanings an audience take from these interactions. As well as the links between different art forms and how they can be intertwined to tell a story or send a message.

Shannon Vitali – Ensemble member

From a young age, Shannon Vitali dreamt of being on the stage. At fourteen, she began dancing at the Graham Academy of Dance in Far North Queensland, Australia. In 2010 she pursued a Bachelor of Circus Arts degree at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Melbourne. Her passion for circus developed in her first year of NICA, where she specialised in contortion, Adagio (partner work), Risley (Human Foot Juggling) and Aerial Acrobatics.

Since graduating NICA in 2012, Shannon has been performing professionally in the circus industry. She has performed for corporate functions, cruise ships and for world renowned circus companies, such as Circa. She is now currently touring with Casus.

Cluster Arts – General Management

Cluster Arts works with extraordinary artists to bring their work to the stage. We provide essential backend services to small to medium performing arts companies and independent Artists. With a passion for discovering and supporting unforgettable work, we are a networking and advocacy leader for Artists in Australia.