This past Saturday, Josie Walsh’s much anticipated and talked about BalletRED show entitled, “BalletRED Presents Urban Angels”, debuted at The Broad Stage Theatre in Santa Monica, California… and the show did not disappoint!
Santa Monica offered the perfect setting/weather for a glamorous night of ballet; The theatre was gorgeous, the parking was complimentary, and the atmosphere and performances inside were phenomenal!
As you walked towards the entrance of the theatre you couldn’t help but notice all of the media covering the red carpet. From photographers to local bloggers and media video cameras, everyone wanted their shot with the celebrities who came out to support Walsh’s production. In just a short time outside we saw the likes of Elliot Gould, Shane Sparks, Cameron Moul ne, Katherine McNamara, Caitlin O’Conner, Patricia Kelly, Carly Robyn Greene, Lindsay Kay Hayward, David Golshan and several others.
After getting a fix of flashing lights, we headed inside to enjoy the delicious complimentary wine. As you sipped chardonnay you were captivated by the stunning artwork on display in the foyer which included a beautiful pointe shoe creation hanging from the second floor and a giant “RED” 3D light-up sign display that was a fan favorite and seemed to be the backdrop for many selfies throughout evening. Entertaining guests as they mixed and mingled was EDM composer Jealous Angel, who stood high above everyone else at over 10-feet-tall with giant angel wings spread as he spun his music to set the mood.
Then came the show, which was outstanding! It consisted of three pieces; Urban Angels, Convergence, and Texture of Time. Each piece was beautifully choreographed and exquisitely executed thanks to the brilliant mind of Josie Walsh and her years of experience in the field of ballet dance. The creativity and uniqueness of the costumes (created by Kiyomi Hara, who also designed Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe Tour’ costumes), lighting, and back-drops were amazing. The ballerinas and ballerinos told stories with their bodies. Their movements were seductive and edgy, yet still had all of the classic elements you’d expect to see at the ballet. And to make the entire production different than a regular night at the ballet, the live EDM music on stage with a giant multimedia backdrop added a touch not commonly experienced. The performances were whimsical and at times awe inspiring. In the words of Ballet RED, ‘the dancers got their ballet on’… The entire night was a huge hit from our perspective!
We hope Walsh and her BalletRED company take this show further and create more masterpieces in the times ahead, as we feel truly inspired and cannot wait to see where this new art and blending form of dance leads. EDM and ballet is something different and unique, and we would recommend this production to all the next time it comes to a stage near you!
You can find out more about Walsh and BalletRED at: http://www.balletred.com