Teatro ZinZanni¬'s LOVE, CHAOS & DINNER Premieres at Segerstrom Center, 10/24-12/31


After more than a decade of triumphant success in both San Francisco and Seattle, Teatro ZinZanni comes south to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new show, LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER, October 24 – December 31, 2012. Described as the "Kit Kat Club on acid," Teatro ZinZanni is spectacular theatricality that begins as you enter its magical environment - a century-old Belgian Spiegeltent, the Palais Nostalgique, The experience is a three-hour whirlwind of international cirque,comedy and cabaret all served up with a scrumptious five-course feast and elegant libations from Chef Joachim Splichal's Patina Catering. Famous for its intimate setting of 285 guests, the fast-paced action of the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you as you enjoy a gourmet dinner. The wildly popular Teatro ZinZanni shows have only been seen in the United States during extended runs in Seattle and San Francisco. This will be an all new show unveiled by the company for its Southern California premiere.

Tickets to see Teatro ZinZanni's LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER start at $122.85 and will go on public sale Monday, July 23 at 10 a.m. PST. They will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 15 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Guests must be at least five-years of age. Artists and program are subject to change.

Founder Norman Langill calls Teatro ZinZanni "the nightclub of your dreams," noting that the concept is "one in a long line of high spirited theatrical experiences combining the arts of vaudeville, cabaret, cirque and opera with great food and strong drink – a winning combination if ever there was one. Working together with our partners at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Patina Catering, we look forward to bringing this unparalleled experience and magical place of silliness, frivolity, fun, intimacy and self expression to audiences in Southern California."

Terrence W. Dwyer, president of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, said, "We are thrilled to welcome Teatro ZinZanni to Orange County for all of Southern California to enjoy. This is just the sort of exciting and unexpected entertainment experience that we like to present at the Center, and we hope that Love, Chaos & Dinner will be enjoyed as a special treat for the entire community during the fall and holiday season." Opening October 24, LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER stars two veteran Teatro ZinZanni performers: master improvisational artist, humorist and physical comedian Kevin Kent and legendary blues singer Duffy Bishop.

Kent and Bishop are joined by a spectacular cast of all-star cirque artists, musicians, acrobats and
dancers from around the world including the Die Maiers, from Germany, who combine trapeze with
clowning for what critics have called "truly one of the most superbly orchestrated and physically dexterous clown acts ever created;" Australian juggler and comedian Joel Salom, who got his start as a street performer in his native Sydney rising to star as master of ceremonies in the 2000 Olympic Games; Austrian Amazon Manuela Horn, a six-feet tall yodeling, dancing, acting and comedic force of nature; Les Petits Freres, from France, defying gravity with their graceful aerial acrobatics and physical comedy; and the beautiful Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova with her elegant and sensual acrobatic artistry.

Described by The New York Times as "this city's hottest ticket," Teatro ZinZanni was created by Pacific Northwest non-profit arts and events producer One Reel in 1998 and enjoyed a sold-out 14 month run in Seattle before bringing its antique "Spiegeltent" to San Francisco in 2000. A huge hit in San Francisco as well, KGO radio personality Jerry Friedman described Teatro ZinZanni as "... my all-time favorite show that keeps getting better and better. It'll be the best time you'll ever have!" Originally scheduled for a 15 month run, Teatro ZinZanni enjoyed more than 11 years in San Francisco and plans to return in a permanent location.

Since March of 2000, Teatro ZinZanni San Francisco has welcomed more than 1,000,000 people into the gorgeous Palais Nostalgique for a bewitching blend of European cabaret, cirque arts, music and comedy combined with a gourmet five-course dinner. From the beginning, Teatro ZinZanni has featured the finest international talent in the business – bringing in performing artists such as Thelma Houston, Melba Moore, Liliane Montevecchi and Sally Kellerman in addition to welcoming acclaimed performers such as Joan Baez, Kristin Clayton, Geoff Hoyle, and Keta Bill. The Company's headline cirque artists come from around the world, such as Russian superstars Yevgeniy Voronin, Svetlana Perekhdova, Vita Radionova Duo Artemiev and Elena Borodina; Les Petits Frères and Les Castors from France; Chinese acrobats Ming and Rui; Die Maiers and the Collins Brothers from Germany; Italian acrobats The Randols; Krissie Illing from the UK; Australia's Joel Salom; and Tobiass Larsson from Sweden among many other artists and countries. Comedic actors Kevin Kent, Frank Ferrante, Christine Deaver, El Vez, and Michael Davis have offered audiences their master improvisational comedy through a mix of performance and audience interaction. And always, Teatro ZinZanni has featured one of the finest in-house orchestras in the business.

Teatro ZinZanni (zinzanni.org), a 501c-3 not-for-profit arts organization, engages, transforms, educates and delights our audiences with a unique celebration of extraordinary cirque, comedy and cabaret in an intimate live experience. An esteemed member of the San Francisco and Seattle arts communities, the company's mission is to preserve, nurture and support the centuries-old traditions of European circus arts. Over the past decade, Teatro ZinZanni has assisted other non-profit organizations in fundraising including Sean Penn's Haitian Relief Organization, Bread and Roses Family Foundation, Huckleberry House, Suicide Prevention League and New Leaf Services – raising more than $2,000,000 for charitable causes through ticket donations and hosted events in the tent.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA.org) is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.

As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and
operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from
throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free
performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts.

These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education
programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future. In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Patina Catering (www.patinacatering.com) is based on Chef Joachim Splichal's vision of unique
restaurants emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and unparalleled service. Chef Splichal opened his flagship restaurant, Patina, in 1989. What began as a few intimate dinners in the homes of Patina's most loyal patrons slowly developed into Patina Catering.

The commitment to bring Splichal's impeccable food and quality of service to catered occasions has
made Patina Catering the premier caterer on the West Coast. With a loyal and longstanding clientele, events have included the Primetime Emmy® Awards, the City of Hope Spirit of Life Dinner, Segerstrom Center for the Arts' annual Candlelight Concert, Los Angeles Philharmonic gala, Heal the Bay Benefit dinner, as well as numerous entertainment and fashion events.

Patina Catering is honored to be the exclusive caterer for some of the finest performing arts and cultural centers in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. From a simple reception to an elaborate multi-course dinner, Patina Catering orchestrates events with flawless execution and the apparent ease that only a master can display. From the first sip of the welcoming cocktail to the last satisfying morsel, Patina Catering offers events filled with unexpected surprise, invisibly attended by their professional event staff with polished expertise and an understated, elegant flair.

Segerstrom Center applauds Acura, the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Center.

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