Seacoast Entertainment Association Presents Ballets with a Twist in COCKTAIL HOUR: THE SHOW

Seacoast Entertainment Association Presents Ballets with a Twist in COCKTAIL HOUR: THE SHOW

Seacoast Entertainment Association welcomes New York City's Ballets with a Twist to the West Coast for a performance of Cocktail Hour: The Show at the Florence Events Center (715 Quince Street) on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $32.To purchase, visit seacoastea.org or call 541-997-1994.

The Show

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

"Martini" - A dangerous, percussive score sets the stage for this blonde bombshell super-spy, who dodges sharpshooters and stays cool in hot situations.

"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.

"Singapore Sling" - Shimmering sirens glide through an exotic soundscape to paint this haunting fantasy.

The Company

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, from Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare and New York City's Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gaboury's compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. He has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade, and has also shared the stage with legends such as Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Vega and Ute Lemper. Gaboury's music has been heard in concert, on television and in films (including Boyhood andAmerican 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 recently delivered the presentation "Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist" as part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture series.

Craving more Twist culture? Visit balletswithatwist.com.

The Presenter

Seacoast Entertainment Association (SEA), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, began bringing entertainment to Florence and the Oregon Coast in 1980. For the last 37 years they have delivered a wide range of music and dance in a variety of genres to appeal to the entire community. Seacoast also sponsors an active Community Enrichment effort with its outreach to students, seniors and veterans through events with the artists. The Seacoast Coastal Concert Series includes seven shows between October and May.

For more information on SEA and the upcoming series, visit seacoastea.org.

Photo: "Singapore Sling" from Cocktail Hour: The Show (Photo by Nico Malvaldi)

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