Ennio was born in 1960 in the beautiful city of Venice, next door to the house of Carlo Goldoni. The son of an espresso machine repair engineer, everybody expected Ennio to continue the family tradition – except him. Inspired by the Disney cartoons he watched in childhood, the modern choreography of Pina Bausch and growing up amidst the Venetian Carnivale, Ennio daydreamed into fl ights of fancy – amusing his family and friends – with visions of Marilyn Monroe dressed in white paper. Growing from strength to strength, his dream became reality with the creation of his fi rst cabaret show winning him the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venetian Entertainment Festival and The Golden Mosquito award for comedy.
When he met his collaborative partner Sosthen Hennekam, they created enough paper characters to create a full one-hour show. Only a year later London based manager Glynis Henderson invited Ennio to perform at The Edinburgh Festival. He quickly became a cult hit with rave reviews across the board.
Since, Ennio has performed in over 70 countries world wide, everywhere from Broadway to New Zealand. His side-splitting performances of our best-loved celebrities and his adaptability to particular cultures, has brought his show to royal and celebrity attention as well as performing theatrically the world over. Having additionally performed at The Royal Variety Show, MTV Awards, The Lifeball, Elton John’s ‘White Tie and Tiara Ball’ and for The BBC, Ennio has a huge following and a massive international fanbase.
Ennio continues to tour the world – he’s a global phenomenon and a fascinating man with an incredible history.
SOSTHEN HENNEKAM Co-Designer. Co-Director.
Born in the Netherlands, Sosthen studied fashion and costume design at Studio Bercot in Paris. After his studies he started to work as a designer for different fashion houses; Adeline Andre, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaia, among others. For 2 years he designed menswear collections for Thierry Mugler. He also trained as a cloth maker and, as such, he prepared prototypes for Haute Couture houses like Christian Dior.
While in Italy he saw one of Ennio’s fi rst performances and collaborated with him on a TV project. The freedom of working with paper made Sosthen decide to stay in Italy and to work full time with Ennio on a complete paper show. Sosthen introduced the quick on-stage changes to the show and elaborated the complex paper movements. He also researches new characters and techniques.