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Telling Human Stories with Super Human Circus: The 7 Fingers

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The 7 Fingers is a contemporary circus collective founded in 2002 by 7 artistic directors with 7 unique visions, telling human stories with super human circus.

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Sounds intriguing, right?!

With over 500 alluring and extraordinary show a year, these outstanding minds are ‘fascinated by the human condition and create performances that speak about our world and our time’.

They are now in NYC, with a spectacle called: Cuisine & Confessions.

Here’s what it’s all about:

“As individuals, we are ourselves composed of ingredients, a unique recipe of blood memories. The Kitchen. Blood memories. A recipe passed through generations. A memory so deeply embedded in our conscious, it takes carefully concocted smells and tastes to bring it to the surface.

Storytelling through food… this is the sweet taste of my childhood, of a summer breeze through a screen door. Or the hot-chocolate-dampened lips of a first kiss. Life happens in the kitchen. Late night confessionals over tisane and a pot of Nutella. Elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged, reinforced by our most visceral of senses.

Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses — the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano — leading us through a span of times and countries, all the while the iconic kitchen our common meeting point.”

On The 7 Fingers website lists you can see the countless shows, artistic collaborations and other special events.

We also recommend going to the House of Yes, in Bushwick. They have some pretty unique events and shows if you enjoyed the super human circus.

The Greenwich Village is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan and there’s just so much to do there. Here are a few of our top picks.

For shows with upcoming bands, you can check out The Bitter End. If you want to go for dinner, you can try Rockin’ Raw for the vegans and Buvette if you enjoy a cool French cuisine. Banter Bar is great for a light meal and coffee! And, to see and be seen, go for a drink at Bar Pitti.

Dates: 11 – 16 April, 2017

Location: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts – 566 LaGuardia Place

http://7fingers.com

See who these creatives are:

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Photo Credit and Text Excerpts: Courtesy of 7 Fingers

Dance ‘till the World Ends: Martha Graham, a Modern Dance Queen

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Our dear friend, contributor and famous Brazilian Singer, Aline Muniz, shares an amazing story and an event for those that like to dance, dance, dance! Get inspired by the Modern Dance Queen called Martha Graham.

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If you enjoy Pop Music you probably know: Michael Jackson. If you like F1 Racing, you know: Michael Schumacher. And…if you like Modern Dance you need know another name that also starts with “M” and has revolutionized the craft of dancing.

She has made her mark in history, just like the two other “masters” I’ve mentioned above.

Her name is Martha Graham and, trust me, you really need to learn about her.

Born in 1894, in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, she became one of the most influential artists and choreographers of the 20th Century, and her work is a real beauty.

It doesn’t matter in what era we live in, it has been always of crucial importance for art mavens, like Martha, to make people access their feelings. Not only was Martha an expert in that, but she transformed modern dance, as well as disseminated it around the world.

Intensity, freedom, passion, anger…you can easily find it all in Graham’s movements and choreography. I guess that is the job of modern dance, right? To make the dancers and the audience focus on the core. The heart.

She urges us to refrain the shortness of breath and present the inner will to move freely using the breath in the same intensity and extension as a movement.

Contract and release”: two words that definitely rule her vocabulary.

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Since the launch of the “Martha Graham Dance Company” in 1926, they’ve been showcasing the best of the Contemporary Dance to world. From the classic masterworks to the new pieces from contemporary choreographers, the company brings to New York the “New York Season at The Joyce”, on February 14th – 26th and the “Graham Studio Series: Sacred/Profane Project”, on May 2nd and 3rd.

The Joyce theater will host it with the charm that only a specialized dance theater possesses.

In the heart of Chelsea, you’ll immerse yourself into the Modern Dance Queen’s World.

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Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” ~ Martha Graham

INFOS ON THE SHOWS:

New York Season at The Joyce
When: February 14th – 26th
Where: The Joyce NYC, 175 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea
Tickets: Starts at $10

Check Joyce Theater’s website for further information.

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Graham Studio Series: Sacred/Profane Project
When: May 2nd and 3rd
Where: Martha Graham Studio Theater – 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
Tickets: Starts at $25

Website, for further information.

If you need assistance to organize a great cultural itinerary during your trip to NYC, or for your company gathering, contact our experts to help you out!

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of danceinsoul, nycdanceproject, Lois-Greenfield and grandlifehotels

New York City Ballet: A NYC dance experience for everyone

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We know that New York City Ballet is not a behind the scenes secret, but it’s surely one of the cultural spots that just have to be on your list. Plus, it’s surely a NYC dance experience.

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Look closely into this first picture (above)! Yes, it’s a ballet piece!

As they beautifully describe themselves:

“We are one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. We believe that choreographic exploration is what sustains the Company and the art form itself.”

It all started in 1920 in Boston, at the age of 12, when Lincoln Kirstein’s love for classical dance emerged after watching Anna Pavlova perform.

As an adult, he was very fond of the contemporary choreographer, George Balanchine. While in London, in the year of 1933, they had a chance to meet and in no time Kirstein invited Balanchine to join him in concretizing a lifetime dream.

Following Balanchine’s suggestion, in 1934, they first opened the School of American Ballet. They ventured through the creation of four enterprises: the American Ballet Company, Ballet Caravan, American Ballet Caravan and lastly, Ballet Society.

Finally, the New York City Ballet was founded in 1948 as a resident company.

It quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. But, it was only in April of 1964 that the theatre’s door opened to the public.

Today, the company is hosted inside the now called David H. Koch Theater. A beautiful $30 million space, designed by Philip Johnson.

They are the biggest dance organization in America, with over 90 extraordinary dancers and running performances during 23 weeks throughout the year.

“George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein shaped the history of 20th-century dance. Under the direction of Peter Martins, New York City Ballet remains dedicated to the preservation of Balanchine’s ideals.”

Check their website for the full schedule. It’s an amazing one, by the way!

Also, take a look at their annual Special Events. They are focused on benefit events to not only raise money of the Company, but to offer everyone involved, priceless experiences.

Let us know if you need help organizing any group requests for you or your company.

Location: 20 Lincoln Center

www.nycballet.com

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Kolnik for the New York City Ballet 

The fantastic House of Yes in Bushwick, is back

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Inside a 2,500 square foot loft in Brooklyn, in the year of 2007, the House of Yes in Bushwick was brought to life! It was a labor of love with the mission of offering a creative place for artists and friends.

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In time, the dream came to life. After a massive transformation of a former ice warehouse into this fantastic space, The House of Yes was finally opened.

Who they had hanging there? The most creative and inspiring groups of musicians, dancers, artists and creatives of all types. The venue was used for dance and dinner parties, yoga for the fitness & health tribe and even movie screenings for the cinephiles.

Less than an year went by and a huge fire tore the place down, but with priceless help and love of the local community, they restarted this project at Grand Street, East Williamsburg, in an even bigger space.

The project grew, the groups of interesting people expanded and the activities offered had now a wide range. Classes of various modalities were given, people rented the space for birthday parties and brands coveted the spot for their fashion shows.

In 2013, with the ferocious raising rents, they had again to move to a new spot. So, they were taken back to where it all started, in Bushwick!

Today, the space continues hosting and showcasing the most unique, intriguing and peculiar performances.

The parties are some of the best in the whole New York area, with top artists and creatives. The mixture of acrobatics, circus acts, fetish-style vibe and music might help you understand what to expect.

They have the craziest nights in town, but they also offer fantastic children performances and family events. If you’re not sure what to expect, take a look at the image gallery and a few pictures we selected!

Plus, take a look at their fantastic performance at the NYC Price 2017 parade.

House of Yes in Bushwick is surely a place that the entire community benefits from and most definitely enjoys! Keep your eyes opened for their next breathtaking event!

While in Bushwick be sure to explore! This is one of the hippest neighborhood and home to some of the most creative talents in New York.

For food,  you can try the famous vegan Champs Diner, Roberta’s Pizza is on the top of the list and Sea Wolf, on the corner of the most famous street with graffiti arts. You can have dessert at the vegan Dunwell Doughnuts – if we hadn’t said vegan, you’d never suspect!

And last, if you’re looking for a super trendy tour to go, try our Bushwick Graffiti, Bites & Drinks Photo Tour.

Hours:
May vary according to event and classes. Check their website.

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue

http://houseofyes.org

 

 

Credits: Courtesy of House of Yes and Andrew T. Foster
** This post was updated on July 1st, 2017. **

A New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night mixes decay with glamour

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The legendary hotspot Diamond Horseshoe reopened at the Paramount Hotel! This New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night is there newest attraction, shaking the city!

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From 1938 through 1951, if you passed through Times Square, you would most probably stop by the Diamond Horseshoe – a dinner theater and club in the basement of the Paramount Hotel.

After 62 years of being closed down it experiencing a millionaire restoration that costed $20million. Finally, the place reopened the New Years Eve of 2014 with a breathtaking and surprising night for guests.

We know…it’s in Times Square! But, this is maybe one of the very few posts you’ll ever see with recommendations of things to do there. This is surely a worthy exception!

The talented Fashion Editor we adore, Giovanna Battaglia, is the Creative Director of this theatrical dinner named today as the “Queen of the Night”.

Is was reborn as a mixture of theater, music, circus, culinary experience, design and nightlife. It offers guests an interactive entertainment experience with a complete sit-down dinner.

Cocktail or gala attire is required! So, as they say: “Dress for the Queen”!

What are the comments about it? See what the best experts are saying:

  • “Delicious, decadent and provocatively intimate.” ~ The Hollywood Reporter
  • “Variety show for the senses.” ~ The Daily Beast
  • “A mixture of decadence and glamorous decay” ~ Vanity Fair
  • “Redefines NYC dinner theater.” ~ ZAGAT
  • “Take your idea of dinner theater and trash it.” ~ Yahoo!

Take a look at this quick video with Giovanna Battaglia to get a feel of what it’s all about:

This New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night is definitely “the” place to go!

If you enjoy these type of theatrical performances, you might also enjoy the House of Yes, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They have similar performances, with a mixture of burlesque.

Also, before the show, you might want to start the night with a drink at The Press Lounge rooftop, just a few blocks away!

We know that New York can be quite overwhelming with so many different shows, places, events to chose from. Let our experts behind our Concierge Services and our Corporate Services help you out.

Have fun with the best that the city has to offer!

Location: 235 West 46th Street

http://queenofthenightnyc.com

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Queen of the Night and Nowness (video)

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