Luminario Ballet’s Gala Bacchanal Features Dreya Weber, Honors Anita Mann And Celebrates 2020 Tour To India

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(Los Angeles) – Luminario Ballet (Judith FLEX Helle, Managing and Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that renowned aerialist and choreographer Dreya Weber (who has conceived work on stage and film for Madonna, Pink, Cher and many others) will be the guest star of the Company’s upcoming 2019 Gala Fundraiser, Gala Bacchanal.

As previously announced, this one-night-only event will honor Emmy Award-winning choreographer Anita Mann for her Lifetime Achievement and Influence in Choreography and will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club (1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210).

Gala Bacchanal celebrates Luminario’s awarding of a prestigious grant from the US State Department and National Endowment of the Arts, enabling Luminario’s upcoming tour to India in February 2020 with a new work-in-progress set to music by Reggae legend Peter Tosh of the Wailers. Tickets to Gala Bacchanal range from $300 – $500 and are available online at luminarioballet.org/fundraisers. Gala Bacchanal sponsors include Anita Mann-Kohl Foundation; and the RIDE Foundation.

Dreya Weber: Aerial Design & Choreography

“It has been my great pleasure to be associated with Luminario since the early days of the company,” said Dreya Weber. “Judith has made a miracle in shepherding this wonderful company. She has given us a platform to explore and celebrate our shared love of dance. It is a joy to bring new choreography to Luminario and perform with such dedicated artists.”

The program schedule for Gala Bacchanal includes hor d’ouevres, drinks, a special Luminario Ballet performance including excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” a seated dinner and a silent auction.

Gala Bacchanal will support Luminario’s presence at the upcoming NY APAP conference showcasing at Ailey Theatre in New York City, as well as local Southern California performances in 2020. Sponsorships and more information are available online at: luminarioballet.org

Choreographer Anita Mann on Advice to an Aspiring Choreographer

“Luminario Ballet is incredibly honored, thanks to the US Department of State and the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Managing and Artistic Director Judith FLEX Helle, “to bring our new work-in-progress Break On Through to the Other Side: Tosh Thoughts to India in February 2020, and excited to share our cultural differences, and to discover our similarities.”

“Much as our climate change ballet TRAILS – which included images from NASA – promoted thoughtful discourse with our audience, we hope that by presenting our new dance piece with the social justice idealism of the Tosh songs, it will help audiences talk to each other about making the world a better place for all of us.”

“What an honor to be recognized by Luminario,” said Honoree Anita Mann. “To be included this year along with the exciting news about their fully funded award to tour India on behalf of the U.S. Government is absolutely thrilling.”

Luminario Ballet: TRAILS Promo

Luminario Ballet’s Advisory Board includes Allen Walls, Exec. Producer World Choreography Awards; Deborah Borda, President, NY Philharmonic; Deborah Brockus, Exec Producer LA Dance Festival; and Marat Daukayev, Kirov Ballet principal.

The 2019 Gala Committee Co-Chairs are Allen Walls (World Choreography Awards) and Deborah Brockus (LA Dance Festival).

The 2019 Honorary Gala Committee includes Princess Karen Cantrell, Chair, UN Association Coachella Valley chapter; Chair, The Royal Society of St George – California; and CFO, Beverly Hills Women’s Club.

About Dreya Weber

Dreya’s aerial design and choreography can be seen in Magic Mike Live currently playing Las Vegas and London’s West End; and in Cher’s Here We Go Again world tour. Dreya has conceived and choreographed aerials for Pink since her 2004 I’m Not Dead tour, including her celebrated Grammy award performance of “Glitter in the Air.”

Dreya has conceived work on stage and film for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Madonna, Cher, Christina Aguilera Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and Kylie Minogue. Her aerial choreography has been featured on the Grammy’s, Billboards, MTV VMA’s, BET’s, AMA’s, and Kids Choice Awards.

Dreya produced and starred in films A Marine Story, and The Gymnast, garnering 48 awards at festivals worldwide including 7 “Best Actress” nods. She also stars in the soon-to-be released follow up to The Gymnast, The Aerialist.

About Anita Mann

A native of Detroit, Mich., Anita Mann spent her youth in a dance studio, perfecting every movement and step. This lifelong drive led to a career as a dancer, producer, director, actress and award-winning choreographer that has spanned more than five decades. This passion serves her well as owner of Anita Mann Productions, a company specializing in stage, television and theatrical performances. Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers.

She is the recipient of five Emmy nominations including one Emmy Award win, as well as accolades from every facet of the industry. Her choreography credits include “The Muppets Go Hollywood,” for which she earned her first Emmy nomination, and five seasons on “Solid Gold,” which earned her two Emmy nominations. Mann also earned an Emmy nomination for her work with “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.” Her first Emmy win occurred for choreographing “The Miss America Pageant,” an honor which she holds close to her heart.

Her vast choreography credits include “The Cher Show,” “The Jacksons,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards,” “The Academy of Country Music Awards,” “The People’s Choice Awards,” “The Grammy Hall of Fame,” “The Emmys,” “The Great Muppet Caper,” “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Live,” “Sesame Street Live,” “The Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Tour,” “Snoopy’s World of Magic,” “Arthur” as well as countless other live, film and television shows.

About Judith FLEX Helle

Judith grew up in Boston, MA and studied dance at the Walnut Hill School, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance NYC. She has a BFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she made dance films of the experimental modern punk dance company, the Oblong Rondas. In 1981, she left the US to dance in Berlin, Germany at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, where she formed her first dance company, “FLEX”, with dancers from the Deutsche Opera and other fine US and European ballet/modern companies.

Judith moved to LA in 1988, where she taught dance at Idyllwild School of the Arts, performed in Los Angeles with various companies, and signed with dance agent Julie McDonald. After retiring from dance in 1996, she continued to have a very successful career in performing as a single trapeze artist, surfing the wave of popularity via Cirque du Soleil. At this time she also became highly sought after as a private aerial dance coach, and her students are now stars of the international cirque world. She has unlocked the key to integrating aerial dance into terra dance, and the dancers in Luminario Ballet truly are venturing into new uncharted territories in the air.

Her choreography career took off with the founding of Luminario Ballet, and Judith has choreographed many ballet and aerial dance works for the company, as well as commissioned ballets and aerial dances for 5 symphony orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic. Judith is a representative of the global conversation about dance here in LA, and holds up her end with Luminario Ballet!!

About Luminario Ballet

Luminario is a contemporary ballet company also presenting classic modern dance repertory and aerial dance. Our dancers live in LA, but come from everywhere, representing the region’s diversity and excitement.

Our choreographers range from classically inspired such as San Francisco Ballet’s Michael Smuin and Polish ballet Maestro Stefan Wenta, to edgy contemporary choreographers such as Josie Walsh and Jamal Story. 2013’s guest choreographer was Debra Lynn Brown, choreographer of 13 Cirque du Soleil shows.

More information is available at: luminarioballet.org

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