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Jessie Mckibbin 

Multi-disciplinary Circus Artist

Jessie has been a circus performer for more than 10 years, and graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2017.


She applies her strong work ethic to all of her passions, including abseiling, painting, owning a portable performance stage, circus rigging and performing as a circus artist.


Jessie's life goal is to hone her skills,  whilst travelling the world and helping people in need.


Lizzie Patterson


Lizzie began her creative journey with Circa and Flipside Circus at the young age of 8.

A confident performer, Lizzie incorporates burlesque elements with high level partner acrobatics which has featured in the National Folk Festival, and Wonderfully Terrible Things.


A versatile artist who has performed and been on the creative team for the family show Botanicals which debuted at Woodford Folk Festival and is set to return this year.  Lizzie is excited to be joining the cast of rouge!

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Lyndon Johnson

Acrobat, Aerialist


Lyndon graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2018, specialising in hand-to-hand acrobatics and Cyr wheel.


He has toured nationally with Gravity & Other Myths, while also performing with CircaNICA.

When Lyndon isn't performing, you'll find him abroad rock climbing, slacklining, cycling or mountaineering.  Don't challenge him - he holds multiple big wall records and the Australian Slackline record for 180m.

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Christine Ibrahim


Christine Ibrahim (aka Cirque Songstress) has performed her signature acts combining aerial acrobatics and live vocals all around the world including for Torture Garden Japan, Draculas (Sydney and Melbourne) ,Infamous, Circus Rio, Primo Loco, Aerial Angels (Australia and Phillipines) Alikhan Entertainment (Indonesia) Wonderfully Terrible Things (Japan and Australian Tour) and Rouge! 


After completing AMEB with honors and receiving the Thomas Berry Scholarship for Classical Voice and lead roles in Wyong Musical Theatre Company Christine went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Vocal Performance. 

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Elena Kirschbaum



Elena has been creating work for over 15 years. Originally a circus performer and MC herself, she has been working behind the scenes as a producer for her whole career, moving into her current role as a director in 2017. She has directed Rouge (2017), Rebel (2019), The Defiant (2022), been touring director on Dinosaur Time Machine (2017-2022) and Petit Circus: Bon Appetit (2021-2022) and Shake It (2021-2022).

Elena loves work that is fun, energetic and a joy to watch, but also has a message. 

Elena is collaborating on a new project called Songs Of The Dead that will premiere in 2023.

We'd like to acknowledge our original cast and co-creators of the show, as well as the creative minds who bring the magic to the stage. 


  • Director: Elena Kirschbaum

  • Producer: Highwire Entertainment

  • Choreographer: Paul Westbrook

  • Costume Designer: April Dawson

  • Technical Manager & Lighting Design: Sarah Platts

Creating cast

  • Andre Augustus

  • Annalise Moore

  • Chris Carlos

  • Issie Hart

  • Paul Westbrook

  • Tara Silcock 

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Michaela Burger


Described by Kate Ceberano as “an asset to the cabaret community”, Burger was recipient of the inaugural Adelaide Fringe Frank Ford Award 2019 and is a two-time Helpmann Award nominee for Best Cabaret Performer 2016 and 2019. She is the writer and star of Exposing Edith and A Migrant’s Son. Other performing credits include Apocalypse Meow (Malthouse, NY), Rumpelstiltskin (Southbank London/Windmill & State Theatre SA), Merry Widow (State Opera of SA), Can You Hear Colour? (Adelaide Festival/Patch Theatre), Brel (Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017) and Cranky Bear (Patch Theatre).

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Paul Westbrook

Dancer, Aerialist


Paul studied as an undergraduate in Drama at Exeter University and trained in MA Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, before moving to Australia. 


He has worked as an actor and director in theatre and film with a range of companies and co-founded film production company “Mad Alice Media”.


Rouge is the perfect show for Paul to demonstrate his dancing, acting and trampolining skills. 

Chris Carlos

Acrobat, Fire Performer

Starting his career in theatre, Chris’ love of physicality drew him to fire spinning, then to acrobatics. As the first specialist fire performer accepted into the competitive bachelor of circus arts, Chris’ passion for working with bodies lead him to an obsession with partner acrobatics.


Having toured the world for a decade as a performer with shows like “A Simple Space” and “Children are Stinky”, Chris is incredibly excited to be back in Rouge. He was a part of the cast that created the show and has some new skills he is longing to share with Rouge audiences.

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