Ballets with a Twist present "Cocktail Hour: The Show"
Ballets with a Twist
Ballets with a Twist gets a head start on summer with a performance of Cocktail Hour: The Show at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, 3rdFloor), on Saturday, June 16, at 8pm. The company has invited talented young students from Scarsdale’s Central Park Dance studio to rehearse and appear on stage with the professionals, filling children's roles in the production.
General admission tickets are $27-46. To purchase, go to wppac.com, call 914-328-1600, or visit the box office.
Created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, Cocktail Hour: The Show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. This pop-infused performing arts experience combines the magnetism of Hollywood's Golden Age with a sleek twenty-first-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of witty, sparkling vignettes. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.
Program highlights include
- “Soirée” (PREMIERE) — A lady in rose, a pair of young lovers and two celestial souls glide through the night in this fanciful triptych.
- “Mint Julep” — Sophisticated fillies leap toward a photo finish on a breeze of bluegrass and southern hospitality in this Kentucky Derby story.
- “Holy Water” — Whirling spirits stir up a miracle in this electrifying journey between Heaven and Earth.
Klaus, whose choreography has been seen internationally, formed Ballets with a Twist in association with Grammy-nominated composer Stephen Gaboury and costume designer Catherine Zehr. Her company — lauded by The Huffington Post for “blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment” — has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the country, from Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Gaboury’s compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. As a pianist, he has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade; has accompanied such artists as Patti Labelle, Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan; and has performed at internationally televised events such as the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony and the New Years Eve Times Square Ball Drop. Gaboury’s music has been heard in concert, on television and in films (including Boyhood and American Beauty).
Zehr is the artistic force behind the company’s costume design. Her creations evoke the origins and essence of each dance with dazzling colors and ornamentation. Zehr honed her skills while working at major American fashion houses, then by designing and manufacturing attire for her own label. She studied art and design at Washington University and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series.
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Through a combination of self-produced, professional theatrical productions as well as presentation of nationally and internationally known performing artists and companies in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, stand-up comedy and children’s programming, White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) provides residents of White Plains and the surrounding communities an easily accessible, intimate and comfortable setting in which to see LIVE entertainment in the heart of Westchester County.
For information on all programs and services, call 561-243-7922 or visit wppac.com.
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