Creative producer, performing artist, costume maker, event organiser, writer, teacher, community generator, video editor, visionary, dreamer!!..
With a performing and fine arts background spanning more than 30 years, Eccentrix and inSpiral founder Tjoni Johansen has had an eclectic journey through creativity, psychology, enterprise and community.
Her three main babies are Busted, Eccentrix and Creative Bootcamp.
Busted – costuming
Long before Tjoni was prancing round on stage, she was hard at work behind the scenes making costumes for showgirls, dancers and circus performers, under the label ‘Busted’.
Carving out a niche as a bra and corset creator, she has become a specialist in working with lycra, pvc, and other stretch fabrics.
As the main costume maker for Eccentrix productions, her expertise extends to creating fire twirling costumes, where extra care must be taken for durability, and safety. She continues to create most of the costumes for Eccentrix productions, as well as for dancers and circus artists in Melbourne.
Tjoni has worked on several large scale productions for internationally renowned producers Casino Promotions, on lavish extravaganzas such as Zingara, Tempo Rouge and Tropical Fantasy. She also has a strong customer base in Melbourne catering for many dancers, and fire and circus professionals, including members of Silver’s Circus, Fireworks Dance Co and Cirque Mystique.
Dion and Randall Productions
Tjoni worked on a number of productions with Dion and Randall, who create incredible extravaganzas featuring dance, circus, song and much more. From a handful of bras for the first show, she was eventually working 70 hour weeks in the 3-4 months leading up to each show. Zingara was the last show she worked on which ran at Jupiters on the Gold Coast. Flying up to see the premier was an absolute thrill as all the costumes came to life on stage.
Images from Zingara – yours truly with some of the newly made creations, and stage shots of the production.
Other Busted Clients
As a performer she has come to the forefront of her field in the past 10 years, focussing on Fire performance, African dance, tribal bellydance and physical theatre. Having worked with a number of companies including Cirque Mystique, FEET theatre, The Magic Theatre and Fireworks Dance Co, Tjoni has also produced many of her own 1-5 person acts for corporate functions, community festivals and other theatrical events around Australia.
You can see some of her work here Eccentrix
Fire Shows Trailer
Blazin Hussies Fire Show
Celestina Bellydance Fire Show
Flame Rouge fire show
Creative Bootcamp Workshops
Creative Bootcamp is the public face of creative arts workshops from Tjoni and her networks. Her work as a teacher began as soon as she had mastered the art of fire. She has taught and developed workshops for school students, festivals, and the general public, for more than 6 years. Born out of a genuine desire to share her passion and skill with others, and to help students access their own inner teacher and creativity, Tjoni’s workshops are created on a foundation of respect, inclusivity, encouragement and, ultimately, joy.
Circus Bootcamp @ Swifts Creek P12 School 2017
Performance Bootcamp @ Swifts Creek P12 School 2017
Acting and Improvisation
Circus Bootcamp @ Swifts Creek P12 School 2016
Other Projects and involvement
Video Production and Editing
Katherine Cunningham – Living Gently
Wild @ heArt
2 Hot 2 Handle Music video clip “Machine”
2 Hot 2 Handle Performance at Step Off Festival
Ever since Tjoni could think she was creating, worlds, creatures, stories and scenarious and feeding them into stories, poems and songs. While this area has stayed in the background of her work, she is now putting more energy and focus into putting pen to paper. The visions she draws through are enriched by a deep exploration of shamanic dream scapes, archetypes, and the intricacies of the human psyche.
You can read some of her work here.
Behind the scenes she is also at home with 20 years of experience in stage management, lighting and sound operation, makeup, production, direction, marketing and management, as well as 15 years running her own costume design business.
Tjoni has been researching and working on ideas around intentional community, collaborative projects, community business ventures and a resource based economy, for about fifteen years. After relying on her own ideas for a long time, in the past couple of years she has drawn inspiration from Dragon Dreaming collaborative project management, Social Traders, The Venus Project, and is gradually gathering further resources and networks to bring in-Spiral to fruition.
Tjonis’ long term vision is to create an educational hub of creative arts, healing arts and sustainability, to tour regional areas, cater for local schools, and provide a platform for students to launch themselves into their dreams in a supportive, nurturing environment.
‘inSpiral’ is the next phase of evolution which brings together creative artists, wellness practitioners and sustainability workers in an Intentional Business Community. This is gathering momentum in the northern suburbs and will be launched into the community at the beginning of 2015. Stay tuned for more details!
To get in touch with Tjoni about any of her work please email email@example.com
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