Melbourne-based, world-renowned performing arts company, Strange Fruit create and perform unique, large- scale visual spectacles that fuse theatre, dance and circus using their unique, trademark sway-pole apparatus.Since the company’s inception in 1994, Strange Fruit have performed at over 600 international festivals in over 52 countries, to well over 5 million people.Regardless of age, language or cultural background, Strange Fruit are dedicated to producing invigorating and challenging performances in highly accessible contexts throughout the world. With a world-renowned repertoire that celebrates a wide variety of themes and stories, the company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe. Performing regularly at festivals, special events and private functions, their sublime, hypnotic beauty is truly remarkable and must be experienced to appreciate its full effect.

We believe that free performance in the public domain is an essential custom writing service contribution to contemporary cultural ecology and we aim to generate a celebratory atmosphere that draws audiences together and leaves them elated and transformed by the experience.

Awards & Testimonials

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Trevor Wight
Trevor Wight
General Manager

Trevor Wight

Trevor joined Strange Fruit in July 2008 and has a combined background of business and performance. He has extensive experience as a financial, venue and event manager. Recent employers include The Terminus Hotel (Accounts and Promotions Manager, where he also created the Melbourne institution pub Bingo), Number 44 (General Manager), Rogue Events and David Hughes Management. His broad experience in the entertainment industry includes producing and performing shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, NZ Laugh Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
Philip Gleeson
Philip Gleeson
Creative Director
Philip completed his HSC at Hurlstone Agricultural College in Sydney before attending the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education where he studied classical guitar, dance and theatre. In 1989 he began dance training at the Bodenweiser Dance Centre in Sydney before taking up a position with Darc Swan Dance Company. As a freelance artist he worked with such companies as Kage, Danceworks and Chapel of Change. Phillip joined Strange Fruit in 1998 as a performer and toured extensively with the company before choreographing The Spheres in 2001. In 2004 he directed The Three Belles, which still continues to tour internationally and in 2006-07 he created Absolute Pearl, which has toured successfully to Europe. He was appointed Artistic Associate in February 2007 and then Creative Director in 2009, and has since continued to maintain the company’s comprehensive touring schedule as well as focus significant attention on expanding their creative platform through cultural collaboration.
Jy Hildred
Jy Hildred
Technical Director

Jy Hildred

Jy Hildred started his career as a mechanist, working casually for companies such as The Arts Centre, Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Playbox Malthouse and Marriner Theatres. In recent years Jy has been the Head Mechanist for two seasons of Victorian Opera and has done several shows as the Head Mechanist for Playbox Malthouse. In 2009, he started as one of the original technicians at the Melbourne Recital Centre, he helped the centre grow into a fully functional venue for music and the arts. Since joining Strange Fruit in 2004, Jy has worked in several roles such as performer, safety officer and touring production manager, and is currently the full time Technical Director.
Grant Mouldey
Grant Mouldey
Associate Director

Grant Mouldey

Strange Fruit founding member and Associate Director Grant Mouldey is an award winning actor, director and writer. He has worked as a Segment Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, as well as Summer Shakespeare, in Palmerston North, NZ. Grant is based in Auckland, NZ, where he currently teaches performing arts at UCol Polytechnic.
Jay Carlon
Jay Carlon
Performer

Jay Carlon

Jay Carlon is originally from Southern California, where he trained as a contemporary dancer and attended California State University, Long Beach for his Master's in Fine Arts. He currently resides in New York City and dances with The Metropolitan Opera. Jay's dreams of flying were fulfilled when he joined Strange Fruit in 2013.
Avan Whaite
Avan Whaite
Performer

Avan Whaite

Avan Whaite started training circus in 1996 in his home-town of Perth, Western Australia. Then in 2001 he moved to Melbourne as part of the first year of the National Institute of Circus Arts. There he developed a diverse range of circus skills, with particular excellence in Chinese pole. He has performed across Australia, and internationally in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Russia, Ireland, Germany, Holland and Qatar; and worked with companies including; Stalker, Strange fruit, GOP and Palazzo. Avan is interested in inter-disciplinary performance, and the creation of physical narrative by combining a diverse range of dance and circus techniques.
Nami Hall
Nami Hall
Performer

Nami Hall

Nami was born and raised in Portland, Oregon USA. She studied trapeze, gymnastics, visual art, dance and theatre throughout her childhood and adolescence. In 2001 Nami joined Do Jump! physical theatre as a full time company member. In 2007 Nami graduated from NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) in Melbourne, where she received her B.A. in Circus Arts with specialties in swinging trapeze and handstand tap dancing. Nami has performed with Strange Fruit all around the world since 2007.
Andre Myers
Andre Myers
Performer

Andre Myers

Andre Darnell Myers is thrilled to be apart of Strange Fruit, and loving every minute swaying in the air. Currently residing in LA, he has appeared in national commercials for KFC, AARP Insurance, Lincoln Cars, and Skype, as well as various musical theatre productions, music videos, television shows, and films.
Kali Retallack
Kali Retallack
Performer

Kali Retallack

Kali learnt her craft as a teenager at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and since performed in Helpmann award winning Smoke and Mirrors, the opening of Emporium Melbourne directed by Baz Luhrmann, and has toured around the world as a freelance aerialist and acrobat. Kali loves to combine her passion for circus, movement and performance when performing for Strange Fruit.
Angelica Cassimiro
Angelica Cassimiro
Performer

Angelica Cassimiro

Angelica Cassimiro is a freelance dance artist, instructor and choreographer from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia she worked professionally with Brian Sanders ‘JUNK’, Lela Aisha Jones ‘Flyground’, Suzy Sucker ‘Garden State Dance Festival’, with Brazilian Samba groups Alo Brasil, and Phillybloco. She was a featured artist in NJN’s State of the Arts Network broadcast entitled ‘Past is Prologue’. Her training includes Garden State Ballet, American Ballet Theater’s Dance Bermuda Program on scholarship and the Alvin Ailey training fellowship program. Angelica has been a company member of Australia’s Strange Fruit since 2013 where she has performed at the Riga Latvia Svetki, Rhode Island First Works Gala, Virginia Arts Festival, and Boston's Outside the Box Festival.
Jeremy Hahn
Jeremy Hahn
Performer

Jeremy Hahn

Jeremy Hahn is an active choreographer, performer, and educator of dance and movement improvisation based in Los Angeles. As a versatile performer, he has had the privilege of working with many choreographers and companies of various disciplines including: Australia’s Strange Fruit, Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Lucent Dossier Experience, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Efflorescence, and many others. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Creativity Award.
Sonja Dale
Sonja Dale
Performer

Sonja Dale

Sonja Dale grew up in Berkeley, California. Sonja attended UCLA for musical theatre, then The Boston Conservatory for dance, and then UCLA again, eventually earning a BA in Theatre, and beginning a career in professional dance. Sonja danced with contemporary and classical ballet companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, including FACT/SF, The Mark Foehringer Dance Project, KDNY Dance, and SYREN Modern Dance. In 2013, Sonja was hired by Strange Fruit, and finally put both her dance and acting training to good use. Sonja is thrilled to be in her third year with Strange Fruit.
Olivia-Diane Joseph
Olivia-Diane Joseph
Performer

Olivia-Diane Joseph

Olivia-Diane Joseph was born in Grand Rapids, MI to ministers of music. Olivia studied acting at the University of Oregon and began traveling as the lead singer of a jazz band in 2000. In 2009 Olivia moved to Atlanta, GA where she performed with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, and Twist: An American Musical. In addition to her continued theatre performances Twist: An American Musical in Pasadena, CA and Freeze Frame, which headlined the Brisbane Festival in Australia in 2013, Joseph also had a recurring role in Grey's Anatomy and began writing, directing and producing films with her husband.
Kathryn Jamieson
Kathryn Jamieson
Performer

Kathryn Jamieson

Kathryn Jamieson is an interdisciplinary artist working in Fashion, Film and Physical Theatre. Kathryn has been a member of the International physical theatre company Strange Fruit since 2000. She has toured all over the world and recently collaborated creating works with the London based Theatre Company Graeae. Kathryn has been an active performer in Melbourne’s theatre scene for 15 years. Recently she has completed a Bachelor of Science – Fashion Technology at RMIT. Her collection was shown at the Australian Graduate Fashion Week and she won the Most Outstanding Student for the Diploma level of the course. Prior to this Kathryn spent a few years in Berlin where she had her own streetwear label Upside Out. Kathryn is currently launching her own fashion label Gun Shy.
Natalie Abbott
Natalie Abbott
Performer

Natalie Abbott

Natalie Abbott is a Melbourne based choreographer and performer. She creates sensorial performance experiences. She is committed to the idea that EVERYTHING IS CHOREOGRAPHY, including light, sound movement and design and she utilises this vision when devising work. She graduated from a Bachelor of Dance, 2007, at the Victorian College of the Arts as the recipient of the Orloff Family Trust Scholarship for Most Outstanding Talent. Natalie has toured extensively through Asia, America and Europe with Australia’s Strange Fruit, Strut & Fret and her own choreographic work.
Katherine Richardson
Katherine Richardson
Performer

Katherine Richardson

Katherine Richardson is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked for a wide variety of dance companies in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City to name a few. In Las Vegas she has performed in the Blue Man Group as their first female character, the Showbot at the Monte Carlo Casino. Katherine is currently an aerialist and dancer for Royal Caribbean Productions. She specializes in lyra, two point harness, bungees, silks, and various specialized apparatus. She is excited and honored to be a part of Australia’s Strange Fruit.
Daniel Lupo
Daniel Lupo
Performer

Daniel Lupo

Daniel Lupo is a former competitive gymnast turned actor and current sway pole artist who graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NYC in late 2010. He later went on to follow his upbringing and coached gymnastics throughout New York until he was lucky to have met his match in early 2013 with Australia's Strange Fruit. Nearly two years into it he has had the opportunity to travel all across the East coast within the US and even overseas to Monterrey, Mexico, Sochi, RUSSIA and most recently Riga, Latvia.
Aren James Hooper
Aren James Hooper
Performer

Aren James Hooper

Aren was raised in a small town and later schooled in New Mexico where he cultivated his artistic voice and physical abilities. After college, Hooper moved to NYC to pursue his dreams in dance and has since travelled the world with two world-renowned modern companies followed by the creation of his personal company. Hooper fell in love with aerial art soon after booking Strange Fruit and since has found his heart and his passion way up in the sky.
Gustavo Tamez
Gustavo Tamez
Performer

Gustavo Tamez

Gustavo Tamez is a Mexican actor and model from Monterrey, Mexico. Currently based in Los Angeles, Gus has participated in many feature films including Hitachi’s Tempura, Hidden Valley, The Awakening, Light Up My Heart, and The Last Vassal; and has modelled in various national print campaigns and commercials. He joined the Strange Fruit team in 2014 and is currently in the process of opening his own production house in Los Angeles.
Emily Ryan
Emily Ryan
Performer

Emily Ryan

Emily Ryan's international circus career began in 2003 when after ten years as a highly competitive national stream gymnast, her creative flair kicked in and she realised she wanted to create her own tricks with her own style. Emily's German Wheel, aerial and acrobatic talents have been in high demand and taken her across the globe where she has become renowned for her beautiful stage presence and remarkable bodylines. Emily has performed with Australia’s Strange Fruit, since 2007, bringing her unique style and strength to the pole tops and performing for audiences worldwide.
Kate Andrews
Kate Andrews
Performer

Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews is a modern, contemporary dancer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from CSU Long Beach in 2011 with a BFA in Dance, she has performed with Nickerson-Rossi Dance and currently performs with LA Contemporary Dance Company. Kate also works as a freelance performer in music videos, dance films, and promotional work. She received her Pilates Certification with a Dance Specialization from BASI Pilates and joined the Strange Fruit team in 2014.
Christophe Le Tellier
Christophe Le Tellier
Performer

Christophe Le Tellier

Melbourne based Christophe Le Tellier has an extensive performance background in circus, physical theatre, and dance. Since joining in 2007, Christophe has worked as both performer and as part of the production team on tour with Strange Fruit. Highlights include a tour with with ‘Swoon!’ in 2008 around North America, and ‘The Spheres’ tour through Asia.
Emma Waite
Emma Waite
Performer

Emma Waite

Emma graduated as a dancer in 1997 from the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide before embarking on a career in Dance, Circus and Physical Theatre. Her work with Strange Fruit commenced in 2004. She has performed both nationally and internationally, with a number of Australian Physical Theatre, Dance and Circus Companies.
Meiwah Williams
Meiwah Williams
Performer

Meiwah Williams

Meiwah Williams is an expressive performer and director with an acrobatic, aerial theatre and dance background. Meiwah started her performance career as founding partner of the company, Firefly Entertainments, performing as well as designing and making costumes. Over the past 10 years Meiwah has focused on writing and directing her own work. In 2011 she debuted a solo performance, Las dos Fridas, a physical theatre show about the life and paintings of Frida Kahlo. Since joining Strange Fruit in 2007 Meiwah has toured extensively around Europe, Asia and recently to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Strange Fruit is a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus, using a unique elevated medium.