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The Underground

This mysterious and electrifying party is invite-only – and tonight you’re on the list. Captivating dancers, live percussion, hypnotising vocals, speciality acts and quick- witted comedy from MC Dave Callan. Can you take the heat?

The Underground is Elysian Creative’s debut FRINGE WORLD Festival performance. Formed as a COVID project to connect performers during isolation, the work features internationally celebrated artists who wouldn’t otherwise be in Perth over the summer. A true silver lining to lockdown, bringing you the best of Perth talent in one room.

The classic narrative of two lovers in the night, a story of irresistible desire and lust. The euphoria and freedom of The Underground is unparalleled. Watch as our lovers try to find each other, interrupted and woven together, set to the backing of live percussion from Mark McDonald and the vocal stylings of Mia Simonette. The Underground promises a 50-minute escape from the outside world, the dark depths of a sexy underground club with all the trimmings of a good night out.

Newly formed Elysian Creative is a Perth based performance and concept dance brand debuting with FRINGE WORLD Festival in 2021. Launched as a COVID project to connect dancers globally during isolation, the company has grown exponentially since. After major success as an online class platform Elysian Creative began running sold out workshop series in Perth after the lifting of restrictions. The company now connects Perth based creatives for commercial dance work and specialist curated performances across WA.

Elysian Creative founder and Choreographer Rafaela Lico explains “I wanted to create something bursting with energy and passion. By entering The Underground, I want every audience member to feel as though they are being swept away from reality and captured by the atmosphere of the club. I want everyone in the audience to want to be on the edge of their seats, wishing they were a part of the onstage story. This production brings together years of passion and dedication to my craft, and I get to work alongside some of Perth’s best creatives. I can’t wait to see Perth talent shine”.

This new, energy packed, star studded production is the perfect way to end your night at fringe – Can you take the heat?

The Underground

Thursday 18 , Friday 19 and Saturday 20 Feb.
Girls School Fringe Hub | Main Hall


Rafaela Lico – Director/ Choreographer/ Dancer Natalie Oakes – Co- Producer/ Swing
Mia Simonette – Vocalist/ Dancer
Lisa Drennan – Dancer

Tane Tipoki – Dancer

Braydon Nicholas – Dancer Dave Callan – Comedian/MC Caitlyn McKie – Dancer/ Swing Renee Russo – Special Act Percussionist – Mark McDonald

Creative Team Biographies and Credits

Rafaela Lico | Creative Producer, Choreographer and Featured Performer
Rafaela is an established Perth performer/ choreographer and the founder and director of Elysian Creative. Rafaela has performed in Fringe World events for the last 5 years and this year returns to direct her own production.

Her credits include: Dr. Who Symphonic Spectacular, Crown Casino Gatsby Show, Samantha Jade Back Up Dancer, Sony Entertainment, HBF Run for a Reason, Hospitality Awards, Engineers Ball, Dave Callahan Fringe World, Carmella Pizinno Dancer, Rocky Horror Monster Ball, Melbourne Cup Fashion Show, Fringe
 World Adelaide with Dave Callan, Roar Perth, Showhouse Perth ‘Sugar High’, Showhouse Perth ‘Bang Bang’, Showhouse Perth ‘9Tease Flix’, XXV Rove McManus.

Dave Callan |MC & Comedian
Born in Ireland, Dave moved to WA when he was 8. Apart from performing stand-up comedy in Perth, he did a series of ads in WA for WA Home Loans and Fruitisma. He didn’t move to Melbourne until Rove McManus asked him to help him out with his new TV show. Most non-Melbournites only know Callan through the two seasons he spent on Rove. At the end of its second season, Dave decided to concentrate on his “first love”, live performance.

Callan returned to live work in 2000 with a show which proved to be a sell-out success. In 2001, he returned to the world-famous festival with a vengeance: in addition to his own comedy festival show, Dave Callan is Hairy, he was a part of Jesus Christ, Movie Star with two other comics. The segment on Rove for which he is best remembered is “Words That Sound Better When Said By Dave”.

Cloaked in his thick Irish accent, Dave was able to make words such as the following extremely funny: portfolio, plectrum, haberdashery and trousers to name a few. His other TV credits
include O’Loghlin on Saturday Night, the ABC’s Standing Up and The Melbourne International Festival Comedy Gala and the SBS documentary – King of the Road. Dave has also appeared on Spicks and
, The Footy Show, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

Natalie Oakes | CoProducer and Swing
WAAPA Graduate Natalie joins the Elysian Creative team for this show as both co-producer and swing. 2021 will be her 6th year with Perth Fringe and after successful roles in operations, production and programming departments as well as success in event production overseas, she returns home to present The Underground. She also runs her own for hire entertainment and event production company ‘Lyons Production’.

Her Production Credits include: Alvin AileyAmerican Dance Theatre, Factory Festival,FRINGE WORLD, Eastern Electrics, El Dorado, Parookaville, GALA, Boiler Room and Kisstoy on the Common. Her performance credits include: Pierrots Model Search, Lights by Dreamworks atCrown Perth, Jurassic World at Crown Perth, Michelle Manning, The Entertainment Store, Perth Stadium, Hyundai Aleague Perth Glory Dancer and Magnet House.

Lisa Drennan |Dancer
Lisa graduated from her fulltime performing arts course in Sydney in 2010 and started dancing professionally straight away. Her Sydney credits include, music videos for Australian Artists, such as Marvin Priest and Brian Mcfadden, 3 month back up dancing tour with Australian Idols Paulini Curuenavuli and theme park performer at Luna Park.

Her international credits begin with a 6-month dancing contract in India, 2 dancing contracts at Resorts in the Dominican Republic, 10 months dancing in resorts in Mexico Cabo San Lucas and 2 dancer/singer contracts with Carnival Cruise Lines.

In between contracts Lisa has performed in Perth in various corporate, sporting, fashion events, Perth fringe world and Joseph Ashtons Circus.

Tane Tipoki | Dancer
Tane directs his own hip hop dance company, having competed in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Personally, he also competes around the world including Las Vegas and New Zealand. He performs frequently with The Dance Collective (TDC) in corporate events, some notable credits include WIN TV NETWORK GALA 2018 – Crown Towers Ballroom, OASIS Ball 2019 – Crown Towers Ballroom and Ernst & Young Social Club Ball 2019 – Optus Stadium. His vision is to educate and motivate the younger generation (and older) to fulfil their dreams and release emotion through dance.

Braydon Nicholas | Dancer
Braydon has trained for seven years under The Dance Collective (TDC) and Ancestors Dance Company (ADC). He is currently a teacher at The Dance Collective as well as a choreographic director at Ancestors Dance Company. Dance/Movement is his passion and he hopes to instruct and guide the students he teaches to improve their abilities and inspire them to continue growing.

Mia Simonette | Vocalist and DancerMia Simonette is a well-seasoned young triple threat with a stage presence well beyond her years. The recent graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts is a regular fringe festival artist you will find performing frequently around Perth. Mia has starred in many large-scale events including multiple IGA Carols by Candlelight’s to audiences of 20,000+, Australia wide touring shows and regular performances at venues including Crown Perth, The Ellington Jazz Club and The Astor theatre. Mia recently undertook the role of ‘Magenta’ in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience performed in November. This is a young performer you do not want to miss.

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