Ballets with a Twist presents "Cocktail Hour: The Show"
Ballets with a Twist
Ballets with a Twist sizzles on the Long Island shore with a performance of Cocktail Hour: The Show at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, August 25, at 8pm. The performance will feature the company’s own B-Twist Orchestra, a collection of internationally acclaimed musicians. Throughout the evening, a special selection of cocktails and mocktails complementing the program will be available in the lobby.
General admission tickets are $55-70. To purchase, go to whbpac.org, call 631-288-1500, 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” — A lady in rose, a pair of young lovers and two celestial souls glide through the night in this fanciful triptych.
- “Manhattan” — After a big-city evening, a socialite steps out with her dearest companion. As they stroll past each lamppost on Park Avenue, a jazz trumpet echoes the mood of the changing skyline.
- “Rum Runner” — A spicy night in Cuba, a promenade through Puerto Rico, a samba in Brazil... This Latin suite brings on the heat!
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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Under Gaboury’s direction, the B-Twist Orchestra has appeared with the company at the Beacon Theatre, the St. George Theatre and other venues in New York City. Collectively, the band’s members have performed with headliners including Elton John, Beyoncé, James Taylor, Miles Davis and Paul Simon, to name only a few; at events ranging from the Kennedy Center Honors and presidential inaugurations to the Grammys; and on television programs such as The Today Show and Good Morning America.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) presenting arts organization that remains true to its founding mission to create a thriving, year-round, cultural arts venue available to the widest and most diverse audience; to serve as a focal point for the cultural aspirations of the area through year-round presenting and arts education programs; to act as a catalyst to enhance the local economy through cultural tourism; and to enrich the community’s quality of life.
For more information, visit whbpac.org.
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