Fugazi (Body2Body)

United States since 2011
  • 2
  • 5 min

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About

FUGAZI      

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Featured in Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas adult show, Zumanity, Stephan Choiniere and Tsvetelina “Lina” Tabakova, deliver a character-driven, provocative duo. This act called, Fugazi, has spectacular acrobatic-dance partnering elements in 1940’s gangster style. After its splashy premier at the 2011 Festival Siguientescena (Queretaro, Mexico), Fugazi has been featured in special events, galas, Princess Cruises, Broadway Bares (NYC), The Box (NYC), Cirque-A-Palooza (Pasadena Playhouse, California), Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde (Magic TV, Paris), France’s Got Talent, CabaRAE variety show (Waikiki, Hawaii), as well as Teatro Martini dinner theater (Buena Park, California). Fugazi made a stunning appearance at the 2016 Moisture Festival (Seattle), where it burned up three stages and was chosen as the closing act for the very popular annual collaboration with Teatro ZinZanni. Additionally, Fugazi, was a favored selection at VivaFest 2017 (Vegas International Variety Act Festival). The 4:30 minute piece is set to an updated version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic rock & roll song, I Put a Spell on You. View the video here. Agent-friendly video, and up to 12 unbranded high-res images available upon request.

 


Tech Spec

 
Minimum performance space: 4 x 8 feet / 1.25 x 2.4 meters, or 8 foot / 2.5 meter circle.

Raised platform preferred (at least 24 inches / .5 meter), with a smooth surface. Allow for a 30 minute tech rehearsal with lighting and sound-check in advance of the performance. A dressing room / heated warm-up space, including appropriate lighting and mirrors for make-up, required at least two hours before showtime.

 


Press Description

 
FUGAZI is like no other. It’s a fusion of dance, acrobatics, and dramatic story-telling that rocks the house every time! This couple of acrobatic dancers demonstrate beautiful interdependence with breathtaking balance maneuvers of astonishing strength, flexibility and trust. Their entertaining relationship is a contentious love affair colored in 1940’s gangster style: A jealous mobster aims to keep his girl in check. A magic fedora hat gives him power, but she steals it to gain control. They struggle over who will be under the spell of the other. This act is a story of power versus love. Is their relationship a hollow shell? What will they learn from their interdependence? They are sensual, strong and always a hit at any type of event!

 

 

 

Testimonials

 

 “In a variety festival that features over 150 acts each year and has presented artists for 13 years it is always a thrill to witness an act that brings the house down. The response was immediate and quite overwhelming.”

~Ron W. Bailey, Artistic Director, Moisture Festival - Comedy/Varietè, Seattle, www.moisturefestival.com

 


“You guys were a SMASH and the show was a great success!”

~Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award winning choreographer (Kinky Boots; Legally Blond: The Musical; Hairspray: The Musical)

 


“FUGAZI FENOMINAL! This unique Gangster, Mafioso act brought a new vibrancy and dimension to our already critically acclaimed show, which was reflected in the amount of standing ovations they received. They became a firm favorite with both the audience and back stage.”

~Alan Goldberg & Wanda Azzario-Goldberg, Creative Producer & Artistic Director, CABARAE variety show at Hilton Hawaiian Village, www.cabarae.com

 


"A scorching hot act, worthy of the immortal Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. A grand bravo!”

~Christian Hamel, www.cirque-gruss.com

“They should hook up a dynamo to this duo and power the city as a form of alternative energy!"
~Flambeaux, Creative Director of FlambeauxFire, www.flambeauxfireeater.com

"I was a smile merchant in the Circus for thirty two years.  I've  seen & enjoyed statue acts throughout my time with R.B.B.C. & Circus Circus. Stephan Choiniere & his partner were the most enjoyable act I've ever seen. The acting, fun & playfulness added a dimension I have never seen before.”

~Scott Linker, Circus Clown & Musician, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, 

Circus Circus, Las Vegas

 


"There's nothing like this out there! It's phenomenal acting with superhuman skills and the sexy finesse of a tango!”

~Andrew Pacho, Co-founder AntiGravity Gymnastics-Dance Company 

 


“People were in shock! And your act was nothing short of epic!”

~Jennifer Romas

JRR Enterprises LV, Entertainment Unlimited, Las Vegas, Nevada

 


“I have rarely been so moved, inspired and hooked by a performance as this one before! Amazing! Sexy, yet never vulgar, entertaining and totally engaging! You made müy year! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!”

~Clifford Lilley, Image & Style Consultant, Host, The Dolder Grand - Zürich, Switzerland

 


“Best act I have ever seen like that!”
~Nathalie Gaulthier, Founder/Director - Le Petit Cirque, www.lestudiola.com

 


“Love, love, love as per usual, creative genius!”
~Jasmine Straga, Circus Director & International Event Producer, Gala Entertainment Management, www.galaentertainmentmanagement.com

 


“The Fugazi Act is sheer perfection, inviting the audience to witness an unfolding sensual relationship erupting into a power duel, guided strength, wild flexibility, all wrapped in a film-noir package of romance and story. Stephan Choiniere has choreographed a one of a kind variety act, a memorable gift to the world of Cirque.”

~Stefan Haves, Comic Act Designer & Casting Partner for Cirque Du Soleil & Teatro Zinzanni; Director, Cirque-A-Palooza, www.stefanhaves.com

 


“That act is the freakin’ bomb! You both are absolutely phenomenal! It’s electrifying, sexy, and hot as hell!”

~P Loiselle Rosie, RN

 


“I love it Stephan!”
~Debra Brown, Cirque du Soleil founding choreographer, www.debralynnebrown.com

 


“We booked Fugazi as the headliner for a first class New Year's Eve Event at the legendary Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland). The show was a real highlight and the guests were thrilled! The efforts of Stephan and his team to create a unique show according to the theme have been greatly appreciated.”

~Christian Studer, Founding Partner, Bright Entertainment AG

 

 

 

 


Bios

 

 


Stephan Choiniere created and performed the featured duo, “Body2Body” in over 1000 shows for Cirque du Soleil in their Las Vegas production, Zumanity. He was raised since the age of ten to become an elite NCAA gymnast at Temple University (USA). After his competition years, Stephan became a principle performer with the acrobatic troupe, AntiGravity, integrating dance, acrobatics and aerials for the company’s original shows and corporate productions, appearing in such esteemed venues as: The Metropolitan Opera House, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall for MTV's Video Music Awards, as well as performing nightly at the award ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has been a featured entertainer at special events for George Lucas, Richard Branson, George Soros, and Paul Newman. Stephan teaches workshops for partnering, physical theater and act-making in the “Nouveau-Cirque” genre. Additionally, he moonlights as a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer in feature films, while collaborating as the subject for fine-art photographers, and as a favorite model for the world-renowned sculptor, Richard MacDonald. Stephan holds a degree in fine arts (painting & drawing) from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He currently resides in Las Vegas. Much more of his work, associations and testimonials can be seen at: www.acrofuzion.com

 

 

Tsvetelina “Lina” Tabakova hails from an extraordinary family in Sofia, Bulgaria where she trained in Rhythmic Gymnastics for ten years and became a star member of the National Team Bulgaria. She moved to the United States at the age of 18 to work for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus from 2003 to 2005. She chose Las Vegas as a permanent destination and began work with the show, Havana Night Club in 2006. Since then Lina has worked for entertainment agencies as a freelance performer drawing on her skills as a rhythmic gymnast, dancer, aerialist and character. She is featured in Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas adult show, Zumanity, performing with Stephan Choiniere, and also as a solo aerial straps act. In addition to being mother to three children, she also teaches and runs the only rhythmic gymnastics school in Las Vegas, co-founded with her sister Maia (Olympic silver medalist). See more about Lina’s school at: www.nevadarhythmicacademy.com 

Updates

    • Fugazi (Body2Body) has added a new cover video.