Friday, January 17, 2020

Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY Holds Screening of @giselle at Lincoln Center


A new Giselle, by Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, was screened at The Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, New York City on January 14, 2020. A modern take on the beloved classic; where dating apps, Snapchat, and Instagram, reinterpret love, sex, and relationships. Titled @giselle it stars ABT's Catherine Hurlin in the title role and Betsy McBride as Bathilde, Pennsylvania Ballet's Sterling Baca as Hilarion, and National Ballet of Canada's Harrison James as Albrecht. The production uses motion-captured digital projections and visual effects to reflect the digital world we live in. Commissioned by TO Live, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY premiered @giselle at the Vancouver Playhouse in September 2019. 
 
"The ballet Giselle is one of the most profound constructions of the classical canon.” said Joshua Beamish as he introduced the show. “I want the original work to exist within our production as its own ghost - a ghost from another time. Traditional romance is evaporating. The internet is threatening our ability to value individuals. @giselle shows the evolved hysteria born from unanswered texts, likes, and story views. In today's media saturated environment, is Giselle's descent into "madness" really so shocking? I hope audiences will relate to Giselle's journey and see themselves in the plights, struggles, and joys of the varying characters and their social interactions."
 
Hurlin, McBride, and Baca joined Beamish on stage after the screening to share the creative process. McBride praised Beamish's hyper-detailed choreography that brought “classical steps into a new light.” The Willis all had their own digital shadow dancing alongside and Hurlin shared that she danced each one in a motion-capturing suit to give the realistic illusion of doubling the number of Willis on stage. Baca noted how Beamish brought a tale as old as time into present-day and quoted his former ABT Director, Kevin McKenzie, "art is an expression of the times in which we live". 





Photos by Sean Zanni PMC


Free Beauty Events January Giveaway



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Monday, December 23, 2019

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Holds 46th Candlelight Concert

Casey Reitz, President Segerstrom Center For The Arts and Elizabeth Segerstrom

A beautiful winter’s spell seemed to have been cast over Segerstrom Center for the Arts, creating a magical setting for its 46th Candlelight Concert. More than 400 guests gathered on Friday, December 6, contributing more than $2.79 million to support the Center’s array of stellar entertainment, artistic, education and community engagement programs including American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. Mother and daughter, Marta Bhathal and Lisa Bhathal Merage chaired. It was also the first time for many long-time donors and supporters to meet the Center’s new president Casey Reitz and his wife Naomi. They arrived in Orange County just a few days before from their home in New York, where Reitz had been president and CEO of Second Stage Theater.


 Steve Martin

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers provided the eponymous concert and The Revolution, Prince’s former band, pounded out songs that kept the dance floor filled through the final hour. And, as guests left Segerstrom Hall and the 46th annual Candlelight Concert, they were treated to afterhours In-N-Out burgers and soft drinks.

Other noted guests included Marta Bhathal’s husband Raj and Lisa’s husband Richard Merage, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Sally Segerstrom and Toby Andrews, Susan and Steve Perry, Jane Fujishige Yada and son Grayson, Julianne Argyros and daughters Lisa and Stephanie, Jaynine and David Warner, Wendy and Mark Hales, Nancy and Rick Muth with daughters Veronica Vlasik and Stephanie Watts and their husbands, Deborah and Larry Bridges, Valaree Wahler, Sally and Randy Crocket, Angela and Jim Has, Elizabeth An, Sara King and Kamran Pahlavi, Susan and Tim Strader and their family, Dee and Larry Higby, Betty and S.L. Huang, Maureen and Bill Callahan, Courtney and Jason Howard, Rett, Lindsay and Chad Coluccio, and Ling Zhang.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs.



Photos courtesy of PR

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Musical Sensation The Athenians Perform at Birthday Celebration



Alice Kandell

 The Athenians captivated over 60 guests at Alice Kandell’s Upper East Side penthouse with a performance in celebration of her birthday. From her Steinway grand piano Athenian’s director Dr. Michael Fennelly, led 19 soloists (including the soprano and co-director of the Athenians,  Megan Watson) in renditions of great opera arias.  Superb singing came as a surprise from every entrance to the large living room with the singers mixing freely among the delighted guests.  Addressing her guests she said, " Thank you for celebrating not only my birthday but also Cody Austin's, Michael Fennelly's, and Maestro Peter Mark's, who are all here with us today. I can't imagine a better birthday present than this music." Alice, a longtime patron of The Athenians, reminded friends of their concert she helped arrange at The White House, in addition to many other remarkable performances in the USA and abroad. Guests included Stephen Fang, Silvia Frieser (director of the NY Viennese Opera Ball), Fred Karger, Kathy Roeder, Dame Jillian Sackler, and Charles Sullivan.



Cody Austin, Alice Kandell, Michael Fennelly

 

The Athenians are an ensemble of exceptional professional soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and other leading opera companies and orchestras who specialize in uniquely engaging opera gala concerts, tours, and staged opera productions. Upcoming shows in 2020 include a special choral concert at Lincoln Center “You Are My Rhapsody in Blue” as well as a summer series in historic homes in the New York area.

 

 

 

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Free Beauty Events December Giveaway



FreeBeautyEvents.com is back this month with another amazing giveaway!  For anyone not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves, and this month's is worth a whopping $135.00!  Let's check them out! 

 

 
This month's basket includes industry favorites from Maybelline, CoverGirl, Aveeno, Neutrogena, Garnier and more!  The contest runs from now through 12/31/19, winners will be chosen on 1/10/2020 and notified by 1/15/2020.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.

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