Originally from Brisbane, Aaron Cash is a talented performer and one of the original “Tap Dogs”. Early in his career, world renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing and High School Musical 1 & 2) cast Aaron in Cher’s Love Hurts Tour. This opportunity culminated in an impressive 10-year touring contract as Cher’s lead dancer. His amazing talent drew the attention of many high-profi le artists in the industry.
In the early 1990s, Twyla Tharp hand-picked Aaron to become her personal Pas de Deux partner and the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov included Aaron in their world tour. His innovative and creative skills as a performer, choreographer and artistic consultant are now highly sought after the world over. He has consulted in a variety of mediums, from his work with Wet Design (the company responsible for the Belagio fountain in Las Vegas) on their fountain at Steven Wynn’s latest luxury hotel in Macao, China to serving as the personal Tango coach for Jolie Richardson on Nip/Tuck.
Aaron is the face of Johnny Walker’s worldwide advertising campaign “Human – Keep Walking“ and recently completed the role of the Matador in the Los Angeles Opera production of La Traviata starring world-renowned soprano Rene Fleming. He has been featured in films such as Titanic and Hook, the recently released The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Bolden. His television credits include Scrubs and Nip/Tuck and the series debut of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, just to name but a few.
In 2014, Aaron adds another success to his on-screen career: he is one of the judges of the popular TV-show So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Together with Paula Abdul, Jason Gilkison and Shannon Holtzapffel he sets out to find Australia’s most talented dancer. He travels the world extensively, hosting, coaching and teaching choreographic and dance seminars.
Roclan González Chávez
Born in Cuba, Roclan Gonzalez Chavez studied at the prestigious Escuela Nacionales in Havana, graduating in 1996 with a distinction in both contemporary and folk dance and was the only person in his class to be awarded a post-graduate scholarship to study choreography. Since then he has worked with most of Cuba‘s best known music and dance groups, including Omar Portuondo, Company Segundo, salsa big band Los Van Van and the famous Tropicana Cabaret.
He is the main choreographer of the Cuban television ballet with regular performances on TV programs and state events. For the past years, he has choreographed the national Cuban music awards, Cuba disco and many music videos for top Cuban bands. His recent international tours include choreographies for the hit shows Lady Salsa, and The Kings of Salsa, which have toured in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA to great critical acclaim. He has also worked extensively all over South America and studied many styles from this region, from Brazilian samba and contemporary ballet to Argentinean tango. Roclan has an unrivalled understanding of salsa and Cuban dance’s folkloric roots, which he blends with breathtaking contemporary moves producing a unique dance fusion.
Osmar Salazar Hernandez
Musical Director, Bass
Musical Director, Bass
Osmar (Chiky) Salazar Hernandez is an international bass guitarist and music producer whose talents have carried him across the globe to Europe, Japan, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America.
A master in various styles, Osmar is a skilled Funk, R&B, Latin, Rock, and Jazz musician. He has performed and recorded over 15 albums with numerous international artists including Yulien Oviedo, Elmer Ferrer, Rember Duharte, Christian Scott, David Sanchez, Steffon Harris, Luis Represas, Ogguere, Oscar Valdez, among others.
Multi-talented Osmar has composed various styles of music from traditional Cuban music through to contemporary forms that are typical of his own style. Some of his songs are included in the international shows – Lady Salsa and King of Salsa in which he performs as a member of a ten-strong band.
His international career was launched when he was voted number one Mastery and Virtuous Bass Guitarist at the Jojazz Cuban Jazz Festival in Havana. Since then he has toured the world and is a popular special guest performing with numerous bands and on various television channels in Cuba the land of music.
He is the king of high heels. Nobody can walk in eight-inch heels like he does. When you hear “hola chicas”, you know immediately that it is him; the “chicas walk” is his trademark. With numerous successful TV appearances, Jorge González has made his name in Germany.
Born in Cuba in 1967, he holds a diploma in nuclear ecology. Already during his time at university in Bratislava, on visits to Prague, he gains his first experiences in the fashion industry. He is scouted by a model agency, works as a stylist and fashion photographer for renowned designers, and organises fashion show. After graduating, he moves to Hamburg and is soon booked for major campaigns, working with international designers and brands.
From 2010 to 2012 he joins the TV casting show Germany’s Next Topmodel by Heidi Klum as catwalk trainer and coach – and soon establishes himself as a firm audience favourite. In 2011 Jorge brings out his first collection, “Chicas Walk”, in collaboration with the fashion store bonprix. It is so successful that it sells out in less than three weeks, with three successful online collections to follow. At the same time, Jorge makes cameo appearances in TV soaps and in 2012 produces the song “Don’t Touch My Shoes”. He also works as a stylist and image consultant for celebrities and develops communication strategies for well-known brands. In 2013 he publishes his autobiography, “Hola Chicas – On the catwalk of my life”, engagingly telling the story of his struggle to attain the life he lives now. A year later he opens his “Chicas Walk Academy” in Hamburg, with the mission to teach women from all walks of life how to walk tall and be confident in their style and their lives. His motto: “Your walk shows how you walk through life!”
Since 2013, Jorge has delighted TV audiences with his charm, wit and Cuban effervescence as judge on the RTL talent show “Let’s Dance”. Here he devotes himself to his second great passion: dance. As a child he dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, so it is a special pleasure from him to be able to combine his two passions for dance and fashion as costume designer for Ballet Revolución. He has been designing costumes for the show since 2012 and again for the 2017/2018 show, showcasing the Cuban dancers’ ability with flair and sensitivity.
Mark Brady is a leading Australian producer with a passion for making live entertainment infused with cultural richness and diversity accessible to western audiences.
Representing the third generation of an entertainment business family, Mark Brady was breathing showbiz from a young age; Mark’s grandfather was a major venue owner and restaurateur in Berlin during the roaring twenties when the Cabaret era flourished; and Mark’s father, Tony Brady is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected entertainers and experienced producer/promoters in Australia and around the World. Consequently, Mark was introduced to the entertainment world from backstage, where he would watch his father, 50s bandstand singer Tony Brady perform.
In the early 90’s Mark and Tony began developing the theatrical show arm of the business. Mark’s first success was Gaelforce Dance, which he co-created during the era of River dance and Lord of the Dance. His first foray into producing proved hugely successful and Gaelforce Dance went on to tour Australia, New Zealand, and USA, Canada and spent three years touring Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
In London during the late 90s, Mark was introduced to show playing on the West end called Lady Salsa. This production instantly caught Marks attention and so the love affair with Cuba began. Mark collaborated with the shows original producers and together they re-produced, recreated and re-launched Lady Salsa in Australia. It was a great success and it has spent the next 5 years touring Europe, Australia and South East Asia.
Motivated by the great reception by audiences for Lady Salsa and inspired by the famous documentary Buena Vista Social Club, Mark collaborated with the co producers of Lady Salsa and investigated the famous quarter in Havana of the same name, Buena Vista. Home to the intensely passionate music and dance for which Cuba is famous, they created an extraordinary show The Bar at Buena Vista featuring three legends from the era of the Buena Vista Social club, who tell its history through music and dance. The Bar at Buena Vista has been touring the world consistently since 2004. Now in its 13th year El Bar continues to pack out houses particularly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
In 2010 mark commenced conceptualizing and working on a new production from Cuba utilizing the incredibly high level of talent found in classical and contemporary dance. Ballet Revolución was born and premiered in Australia in 2011. Since then Ballet Revolución has successfully toured for the past five years and has proudly played three sold out seasons in London’s West End. Now, moving into 2018, Mark Brady is revisiting his love for Cuban culture with Ballet Revolución and a new touring production. The show goes from strength to strength. With three new original productions in development this story is far from over.
In 2003, Mark was inspired to investigate India and the Worlds most prolific film industry namely Bollywood. Mark commenced researching and was enamoured by its cultural majesty and diversity. A new production was born direct from Film City Mumbai. The Merchants of Bollywood. This show has received 5 star reviews from some of the Worlds most respected publications such as the London Times, The New York times and the Guardian. Now in its 10th year and just completing it’s third season on London’s West End, The Merchants of Bollywood continues it’s success story internationally.
During this time, Mark also produced smaller shows such as Kings of Salsa and traditional Irish folkloric shows around regional Australia including Spirit of Ireland and Celtic Reign and was assigned touring rights for Red Bull Flying Bach, Shadowland amongst many others.
In 2017 Mark acquired the touring and production rights for the iconic and legendary Cabaret, Crazy Horse Paris. Established in 1951 mark was immediately drawn to the shows history and cultural importance in Paris. Australia was treated to an incredible 10-week tour taking in all major cities for le Crazy’s first tour ever produced down under. Mark then took the production onto Singapore and Macau. Le Crazy was a major event for the Australasia and certainly not the last.
Jon Lee’s career started as a professional trumpeter working extensively in London’s West End and session scene. In 1995, he formed the jazz orchestra ‘Echoes of Ellington’ that toured for two years with the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s highly acclaimed jazz ballet The Nutcracker Sweeties. The orchestra also played at all the major European jazz festivals and had a regular club spot at Ronnie Scott’s.
It was at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997, that he first started producing shows and his love of Latin music led him to put on his first Cuban production Lady Salsa with Toby Gough. This show went on to run in London’s West End for 16 months and has toured the world in partnership with Mark Brady of ATA Allstar Artists Pty Ltd.
There can hardly be a field more vibrant and exciting than live entertainment. It takes as much passion to produce shows and to inspire audiences as it does to dance and to perform music on stage. When Michael Brenner founded BB Promotion, the core of today’s BB Group, in 1987, he wouldn’t settle for less: his commitment to a high-quality, ambitious mix of genres, including theatre, dance, and concert productions, came from the heart. Even after Brenner’s tragic passing in 2011 the BB Group, led by a long-term management team and headed by CEO Ralf Kokemüller, has remained true to its foundations and has continued to make its mark on today’s international live entertainment business.
No compromise on quality or passion – the BB Group’s motto has never been more valid: 2015 marks the beginning of a newly formed partnership between the BB Group and the world’s number one live-theatre company, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd. (ATG). ATG becoming majority shareholder of the BB Group means that going forward, both companies will develop their international network of theatres and shape live entertainment in Europe together. Already now the companies under the umbrella of BB Group are among the market leaders in the premium live entertainment sector in Europe. They are pioneers in the production, marketing and staging of national and international tours of musicals, shows and events, as well as in the organisation of concerts and events in the west and the southwest of Germany.
By signing international stars Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov in its first years of existence, the company acquired a unique profile as an innovative co-producer of high-class ballet and dance theatre early on. This profile continues to be developed with the presentation of major dance groups such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Nacional de España, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Rambert Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Companhia de dança Deborah Colker, and Momix, to name just a few.
The BB Group’s portfolio also includes an impressive range of music and stage shows as well as musicals, including successful international productions such as STOMP (since 1997), Tap Dogs (1998-2005), Yamato – The Drummers of Japan (since 2002), Tanguera, the world’s first tango musical (since 2007), Disney Beauty and the Beast (since 2011) or Disney The Lion King (2015).
Additionally, the BB Group has long been a successful producer of distinguished productions and co-productions at European and non-European theatres, including Queen Esther Marrow’s The Harlem Gospel Singers Show (1991-2017), Grease (1996-98), Saturday Night Fever (1999-2006), West Side Story (since 2003), We Will Rock You (since 2004), Chicago (2005), Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (since 2008), CATS (2008), Hairspray (2009-2010), the original in-the-round production of CATS in a tailor-made theatre tent (2010-2013), Ballet Revolución (since 2012) and Bodyguard – Das Musical (since 2015).
This commitment in all areas ofupscalelive entertainment is made possible only throughtrusting relationships withlong-termnational and international partnersandcolleagues andthroughpersonal contacts withthe most brilliant creativeminds in the industry: impresarios, directors, writers, composers, rock icons, promoters, pioneers,artistic directors, producers, designers,soundperformers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, singers, conductors, licensors, legends, divas … we all share one goal: to always amaze and inspire people around the world.
Ralf Kokemüller joined BB in 1995 and was appointed Managing Director by Michael Brenner, the founder of the group of companies, just one year later. During their close collaboration BB Group developed into one of the most successful promoters of live entertainment in Germany and Europe.
Responsible for scouting and booking, he has been in charge of numerous internationally acclaimed productions such as STOMP, Marcel Marceau and Tanguera. As CEO of the BB Group, Ralf Kokemüller upholds the BB Group’s maxim to discover new and fascinating shows and artists and to realise the high-quality shows with great passion. The productions and co-productions, whose realisation he has been able to celebrate in German-speaking countries, include musicals as Disney’s The Lion King, WE WILL ROCK YOU, the original Queen musical, the German original production of BODYGUARD – DAS MUSICAL, the Cuban musical Carmen la Cubana and innovative projects, such as Ballet Revolución. Today, Ralf Kokemüller leads a competent and passionately dedicated, growing staff, the most important asset of BB Group in addition to the company’s growing portfolio of high-end productions and an extensive international network of artists and producers.
Founder and producer (†)
Founder and producer (†)
Michael Brenner founded BB Promotion – The Art of Entertainment in 1987, and his passionate commitment to a high-quality genre mix of theatre, dance and concert productions is still at the heart of the BB Group today.
A visionary entrepreneur, he soon had BB Group productions showing in the most important theatre, concert and festival halls, among them the Berlin State Opera, the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, the Hamburg State Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and Lincoln Center in New York.
Michael Brenner’s productions like Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show and the award-winning West Side Story brought him international recognition. He successfully produced long-running musicals like Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Chicago and WE WILL ROCK YOU, and also discovered new show formats like STOMP. He presented world-famous dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Dance Company in Germany and Europe, and in south-west Germany presented pop and rock giants like Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Sting and The Rolling Stones.