The Crew  

The Specialists in the Spectacular

The FireWorks crew of performers have been working together for well over 15 years. They are highly skilled, experienced, versatile and compliment each other perfectly no matter what's on the bill. Their attention to detail and flexibility enables them to seamlessly merge into your own event concepts.

Come and meet the FireWorks crew and see the amazing acts they perform and some of the exciting acts on offer:

  • Fire breathers, Fire eaters and Fire manipulators.

  • Fire dancers in fire twirling (Poi, Staff, Batons).

  • Fortune tellers and Crystal Ball gazers.

  • Freak show Angle grinder and Bed of Nail acts.

  • Fireworks displays and pyrotechnic show effects.

  Why not join our Facebook Fan site and a leave a message for the FireWorks crew. Follow the link to become a member, leave comments, post photos and see what we get up to back stage.

Djinn a.k.a. Chris Ellis is co-founder, producer and one of the principal performers of FireWorks Dance Company. Over the past decade and more he has gained the trust and respect of the industry elite, executing safe and innovative performances which have redefined fire as an art-form and made a vast profile for the company in Australia and internationally. As a multi-skilled and highly respected Fire artist and dare-devil, he has become known for his ingenuity in many dangerous mediums, not only for his skill as a performer but also the many elaborate props and fire and pyrotechnic effects that appear in Firework's shows.

Djinn's range of skills include:

  • Fire breather and Fire Eater

  • Fire Poi dancer

  • Single and double Fire staff dancer

  • Body transfer and manipulator (Fakir)

  • Pyrotechnician and special effects consultant

  • Angle grinding artist

  • Bed of Nails practitioner

Vyvyan a.k.a. Kerri Neven is co-founder and artistic director of FireWorks, primarily responsible for much of the dynamic look and feel of our company. Vyvyan has a sassy personality and rhythmic style that entrances all who watch. Her unique selection of fire and circus skills make her Australia's most prolific and acclaimed female fire performer. Vyvyan is also one of Melbourne's top circus trainers with many credits to her name including tutoring for Circus Oz, Melbourne University and the Victorian Education Department.

Vyvyan's many talents include:

  • Fire breather and Fire Eater

  • Fire Poi dancer

  • Single and double Fire staff dancer

  • Contact and devil-sticks juggler

  • Fire hula-hooper

  • Stilt-walker

  • MC and mime artist

  • Fortune teller

Backstage at a FireWorks show can be a frantic time for our technicians but with crew like Sonnie B a.k.a Sonja Boehm, it always runs smooth and stress free. Crowd control with a smile and public relations with style, Sonnie B has it all, and with a part to play in the creative development process she is an invaluable member of the team.

  

"Everyone I spoke to was very impressed with the show....of course it goes without saying, I absolutely loved it!" - P. John, Austbrokers Phillips 2010

"Thank you for taking the trouble to travel so far to perform at our festival, people were truly amazed by the performance and I’ve had loads of positive feedback on how spectacular the performances were. It has been a pleasure working with you on this Festival and hopefully we will see you back in the hill in the near future." - S. Hammond, Broken Hill City Council 2010

"Fire performer Chris (Djinn) - booked at the last minute as an alternate WOW factor to replace a jumping castle that did not eventuate (yes I said a 21st birthday - go figure!). Anyway Chris arrived very punctually, was extremely polite and professional and very accommodating. And as for WOW factor - he delivered! His performance was everything you would expect and then some. Fire breathing, baton swirling, and totally choreographed to his own music CD. Fan-bloody-tastic! High quality entertainment in the flesh. Chris then took the time to interact with those that had questions and genuinely happy to talk about his profession.
Everyone was impressed and the birthday boys extremely grateful for the magic I pulled out of a hat (THANK YOU!)
I would recommend Chris to anyone wanting something special at their event and wish you were available in Perth where I have now moved to.
" - K. Sutherland 2010

"Everyone is still talking about the performance.  In the words of one of my teenage sons, 'That was totally awesome!' Keep up the good work and we will remember you! God bless" - K. Elkington (Major), Salvation Army 2009

"I finally got a chance to send my deep appreciation of the beautiful performance staged by Zefirah, the icing of the cake of the evening. We all immensely enjoyed Zefirah’s performance. Her performance in the backyard with the soft lighting and background fires added a sense of mystique and excitement with every aspect of her routine. We were all enthralled throughout her performance. Her belly dance was also a true sense of art, unlike any other belly dance seen so far.
Zefirah combines belly dance and fire in such intriguing and interesting execution that is so mesmerizing to the audience.
Her performance has left an indelible impression on all present and I truly appreciated her performance not just as a dance
but as a true form of art. “Thank you” Zefirah and keep up the wonderful work. You will be highly recommended.
Your new-found fan - D. Kriticos 2009
 
"O
n behalf of our community, i would like to express my sincere thanks for your generous support for bushfire affected people. Your quick response and eagerness to help was heartening to witness and has provided much-needed hope to all involved." - Cr Mary Lalios Mayor, City of Whittlesea 2009

"Well words can not describe how fantastic, entertaining and amazing  Zefirah’s show was. Zefirah was lovely and extremely professional in every way. I am so glad we found you and absolutely shocked the pants of the guests at our wedding in a good way. Each and every person that attended our wedding has said that the show was AMAZING!!!!! People stood up and every single person was clapping away not to mention the standing ovation at the end of the show.
We thank you Zefirah for a job well done!!!!!! Kindest Regards." - Fiona and Nick 2009

"Melbourne's Tjoni Johansen from FireWorks Dance Company, who has been professionally fire twirling for two years, had the crowd in the palm of her hand as she danced and twirled with  fire sticks, all to the sounds of Beechworth's drumming circle." - Beechworth News November 2007

"Most people would say playing with fire equals danger but imagine spectacles using fire, creatively and safely to create that ultimate thrill for your event. FireWorks Dance Company performs dangerous but illustrious acts to make any event a daring and hot one." - Main Event magazine 2007 
 
"Way back in 2006, I met you at the Party Pacifica at Knox Ozone in Wantirna. I was photographing the event for the local Newspaper. The Fire performance was magnificent." - R. Carew - Knox Leader photographer. 2006

"Thank you for your fantastic performance at the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics Opening Ceremony. We very much appreciate your hard work, commitment, positive attitude, how well you worked along side other groups and how well you worked with a large group of children. It was a pleasure to work with you and i look forward to doing so again in the future."- A. Lopez, Out There Productions 2005
 
"The boxing match inspired fire twirling act was the climax of the show (The Secret Cabaret). Vyvyan and Djinn, of Australia's most respected fire performance troupe, battled it out for glory, outdoing each other with daring, dexterity, and of course, flames. Amazingly, this visual feast was conducted entirely indoors beneath the huge ceilings of Wesley Anne." - Melbourne Times 2004

"They boast a hot act few can hold a torch to." - Herald Sun 2004
 
"A heady mix of danger, artistry and freakishness" - The Age 2003

"We would like to thank you for your recent performance at our Bella Italia Festival. The enthusiasm and flexibility with which all conducted themselves on the day were indeed, much appreciated. Bella Italia was a pilot event for Crown's promenade and the energy you injected into the festival reinforced how vital live entertainment is at an event of this calibre."- F. Scott, Crown Casino 2001
 
"Chris and Kerri, co-founders of FireWorks Dance Company, are experts when it comes to playing with fire - literally. They eat fire, breathe fire, twirl fire and manipulate fire so that it looks like their bodies are alight." - Port Phillip Leader 2001
 

Thank you to all of our friends, fans and supporters. We appreciate all of your help and encouragement and thank you for all of your beautiful gifts and look forward to continuing healthy and successful business relationships and friendships with all of you! 
 
Thank you...
 
Bosch power tools - Angle Grinding equipment.
Sixteen Ellis Street - Brut champagne, Rhododendrons and yummy chocolates.
Bruce Groundwater - Photography services.
David Caird - Photography services.
Timothy Burgess - Photography services.
Tjoni Johansen - Costume Design.

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