Two years ago, Doug Miller and Susie Culini started on their dream of opening their own event entertainment and production company. The two fire dancers from Los Angeles had spent years in an industry that was in desperate need of a shake-up. With that in mind, they seized the opportunity at what turned out to be the perfect moment. By fusing music, art, fashion, and performance into a stylish, “runway-ready” ensemble, the Zen Arts brand was born.
Within two years, the company became a budding troupe of entertainers and artists that performed in locations across the globe, from Los Angeles to Beirut, collaborating with DJs Armin Van Buuren and Paul Van Dyk. Today, Zen Arts continues to expand its repertoire, providing its clientele with an ever-increasing range of talent comprised of fire dancers, aerial acrobats, burlesque dancers, belly dancers, DJs, contortionists, and a skydiving demo team.
Zen Arts owes its success, in part, to its talented performers. Hand-picked by Doug and Susie from all corners of the world, the performers undergo a rigorous selection process followed by training once they join the troupe. Zen Arts also relies on savvy, creative planning. Any special event requires a significant amount of production; issues of costuming, decoration, set design, lighting, and sound need to be addressed. As part of their day-to-day operations, Doug and Susie spend time with clients developing the creative layout for every event they perform. By carefully considering every element of their shows, Zen Arts stands out as a beacon of inventive planning.
A recent example of their production capability can be seen in P.L.A.Y in the Jungle III charity event, in which Zen Arts built its own stage and aerial flying apparatus, a contraption that allowed their aerialists to fly above and over the crowd at high speeds, 500 feet in the air. This collaboration of talent and ingenuity has taken not only Zen Arts productions, but aerial acrobatics, as a whole, to new heights.
In an economy where many corporate entertainment companies are shuttering, Zen Arts sees no signs of slowing down. Their innovative style has brought them much attention, keeping them in high demand these days, and hopefully, for years to come.