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Biography - Christopher Morant

Christopher Morant, was born in Melbourne 1976, and grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. At the age of 18 he learnt to control his emotions through Chinese Martial arts, which gave him the foundations of Discipline, Determination and Desire. “Learning how to hurt people is easy” according to one of Chris’s teachers, if you want to be great, you must learn how to heal people. So this is where Chris embarked down the path of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Massage and Pharmacology of which he has an Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, and had further study in China.


Another discipline Chris pursued was the ancient Venetian art of hand made leather masks. Moreover this is where the relationship of the Comedia Dell ‘Arte and Carnival came to influence Chris’s Shows and Characters.


In 2001 Chris was contracted in his first Major Production at the Reef Casino Hotel Sofitel in Cairns Queensland, The audiences were mainly Japanese and international visitors. His amazing Fire routines left audiences mesmerized, the Cabaret style ‘Carnivale’, and ‘Tropical Fantasy’ shows, were a great success.


In 2003 Chris returned to Melbourne to continue working in Cabaret Shows at the Dragonfly Theatre Restaurant, performing 4 acts in ‘Is this Love’ and in ‘Island Getaway’. His Acts vary from UV Magic and Mime, Whip Cracking, Juggling, Dance, stilt characters, to World Class Fire Manipulation.


Since 1994 Chris has Directed and Choreographed many Corporate, Private, and Themed events. Of large casts and solo performances, as well continuing his passionate studies in Acting, Acrobatics, Mime, Magic and Juggling.Chris has a passionate belief in the importance of quality entertainment.


Many future projects are in progress.

Performance History:

Some Highlight Venues:

  • Cruise Ships
  • Cairns, Gold Coast and Melbourne Convention Centre's
  • Reef Casino Conservatory
  • Crown Showroom and Palladium
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Most major hotels: Sofitel, Grand Hyatt, etc
  • Many Town Halls
Teaching:
  • Circus OZ
  • Wiseworld Dance Studio
  • Grafton Arts
  • Little Devils
  • Confest

2009

Pacific Cirque @ P and O Cruise Ships
Roving Characters, feature Shows, and workshops for 4 months

Sensation Dance event NYE @ Telstra Dome
Chris and 3 others performed 6 minute feature Act for 40,000 people

My Room Event @ Crown Palladium
Chris Performed his CM Cowboy feature Act


2008

Live 08 Festival @ Melbourne Showgrounds
Roving magician for 3 Days

Swinburne University Open Day @ Hawthorne Campus
Chris performed his feature C.M. Cowboy Show

National Poker League State Finals @ Caulfield Racecourse
Chris Performed his Mr Swindle Magician Character

Moomba Celebrations for City of Melbourne @ New Quay
Chris Performed 2 X 45 minute street style circle shows

Warburtons 75th Anniversary Celebrations @ Central Pier
Chris Directed 4 Fire Artist for a Feature Fire Show

2007

Amway China Annual Celebrations @ Gold Coast Convention Centre
Chris Directed 8 Fire Artist's for 6 feature shows

New Year Eve Masquerade Ball @ Melbourne Aquarium
Chris performed his Christo Mico Character for Guests

Infosys Awards night @ Grand Hyatt Ballroom Melbourne
Chris Performed a feature 10 minute Fire Show

Re Opening of the A.N.Z. Pavilion @ in the Arts Centre Melbourne
Chris Directed 3 Artists for 120 minutes of Silent Character

Little Hampton Fire Festival @ Adelaide Hills
Chris Directed 4 Fire Artist's and ran a Fire Circle with local fire artist's

2006

Lexus Christmas Party @ Lexus Centre (Melbourne Park)
Performed 20 minute Feature Show

A.S.M. Australian Society of Magicians fundraising show @ Carlton Courthouse Theatre
Performed 2 X 10 minute Feature Shows

Masquerade Ball for A.I.B.S @ Regent Theatre Plaza Ballroom
Meet / Greet Guests 60 minutes

Visa Card Commercials for Commonwealth Games @ TV advertising & Billboards
Performed group mime helping athletes lift weights, & High Jump

Porter Davis Homes @ Events Warehouse Docklands
Performed 3 X 60 minute sets roving – duo mime characters

2005

Island Getaway Show @ Dragonfly theatre Restaurant
Fire Knife dancing & Whip / Lasso Act

Loreal Hair Dressing Awards @ Hamer Hall (In the Arts Centre)
Meet & Greet Guests on stilts, & Fire show for the finale

Food & Wine Festival (Rhythm of Africa) @ Werribee Open range Zoo
Meet & Greet Guest on Stilts and Solo Fire Show

Grand Prix Rev–up Party for Fosters @ N.G.V.
(National Gallery of Victoria)
Performed Acrobatics / Balance, and 15 minute Fire Show

Canteen Fund raising Annual Ball @ Regent Plaza Ballroom
Moulin Rouge theme performed 5 minute feature act


2004

Is This Love Show @ Dragonfly Theatre Restaurant ( Over 30 Shows)
Magic / Mime, Fire Fans / Rope Acts, Interactive Limbo Act

Monash Law Annual Ball @ Palladium (Crown Casino)
Feature Duo Fire Show (15 minutes on main stage)

Melbourne Cup in Liberty Finance Marque @ Flemington Racecourse
Mr Swindle performs roving close up magic for 3 hours

Grand Prix 10th Anniversary Media Launch @ Shed 14 New Quay (Docklands)
Duo Fire show with Percussionist featured on Daily news

Q.B.E. Insurance Ball @ Melbourne Town Hall
Duo Fire Show a 15 minute feature act

2003

Re-Opening of The N.G.V. (National Gallery of Victoria)
Performed a 30 minute Feature Fire Show with 5 Artists

City of Port Phillip Xmas Party & St Kilda Town Hall
Performed Roving Stilt Characters and Close up Magic

Winterdaze @ Q.B.H. (Queens Bridge Hotel)
Performed feature Solo Fire Show

Photo from Winterdaze

2001 - 2002

Carnivale Show @ Reef Casino Hotel Sofitel (Over 300 Shows)
Performed 4 Fire Acts and Magicians Assistant

Tropical Fantasy Show @ Reef Casino Hotel Sofitel (14 Shows)
Performed Fire Act, UV Show with Dancers and Magicians Assistant

Photo by Terence Trenchman

Since 1994

Chris made his first set of Fire equipment and performed at countless Nightclubs, Dance parties, and Private Events.

Some Highlights were:

  • Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Earthcore
  • Rainbow Serpent Festival
  • Many Weddings, and Birthdays
  • Moomba parades
  • Confest
  • Pagan festivals