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Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist

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From Thursday, September 19, 2019
To Friday, September 20, 2019
by wayneotis

The Doudna Fine Arts Center


Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist

September 19 - 20, 2019

“Cuba Libre” from Cocktail Hour: The Show (Photo by Nico Malvaldi)

Charleston, IL (June 26, 2019) —The Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University opens its 2019-20 season with Cocktail Hour: The Show, by New York City-based company Ballets with a Twist, on September 19 and 20. The engagement will feature two different program line-ups drawing on an extensive repertory of theatrical dance cocktails. Throughout the evening, beer, wine, and a special selection of cocktails and mocktails from the program will be available in the main Concourse.

Tickets are $25. To purchase, go to, call 287-581-3110, or visit the box office at 1860 7th Street.

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

  • “Sputnik” — A hip rockabilly remix and a rebellious attitude fuel this spunky cosmic caper. 
  • “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.
  • “Cuba Libre” — Sparks fly on a hot Havana night when rum and cola collide.

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 throughout the country, from Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gaboury’s compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. As a pianist, he has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade, most recently joining her alongside the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at its historic home venue. He has also accompanied such artists as Patti Labelle, Norah Jones, and Sarah McLachlan, and has performed at internationally televised events such as the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony and the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop. Gaboury’s music has been heard in concert, on television, and in films (including Boyhood and American Beauty).

Zehris 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 City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series.

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The Venue

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is more than a facility. It is a full array of arts programming and special offerings for area schools. It is new and emerging artists as well as classical and time-honored idioms. It is high-tech and roots. It is inspiration, enjoyment, edification, and service. Programming includes the New and Emerging Artists Series, other series and performances, lectures, exhibitions, and related events.

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