French Impressionist painter Claude Monet created some of his most famous works of art depicting his gardens of Giverney in the 1890's. Many artists have been inspired by the images and now choreographer Jean Isaacs among them. In creating work for the 11th annual Cabaret Dances, Isaacs is embracing the impressionist ethos that tries to capture an image that has only been "glimpsed" and is not detail oriented.
The Water Lilies (Nymphéas) in Monet's garden provided him many moments of contemplation, peace, but also fiery epiphanies. The evening combines fresh new dances with music composed by Ravel, Debussey, folk music from Brazil played live by pianist Steve Baker and guitarist Fred Benedetti and several Villa Lobos songs, which were deeply affected by the impressionist movement in music.
The new location at Qualcomm Hall provides comfortable seats and an intimate atmosphere. A Cabaret Club will include cash bar open to all and heavy hors d'oeuvres before each performance for Cabaret Club ticket holders.
All choreography is by Jean Isaacs. Dancers include Blythe Barton, Annie Boyer, Matt Carney, Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Trystan Loucado (on break from an international tour with the Les Ballet de Trocadero de Monte Carlo), Minaqua McPherson and Kyle Sorensen.