Gatsby Redux was originally created for the Los Angeles Music Center event, Moves After Dark. Three Los Angeles dance companies were invited to create work for Frank Gehry’s gorgeous Walt Disney Hall. MeMT Artistic Director/Choreographer Janet Roston was inspired by the Blue Ribbon Garden and the Keck Amphitheater to create choreography filled with love triangles, intimate dance among the trees and waves of movement from a large ensemble. Using The Great Gatsby as a theatrical departure point, Roston explored the spatial relationships found in the formality of the Keck Amphitheater, the tight intimacy of the gardens and the vast plaza, which provided open space to challenge the dancers and offers a wide perspective for the audience. In addition to dancers in white linen and flowing dresses the choreography incorporated 1920’s cartoons projected on the curved metal walls of Disney Hall. It was a vintage yet contemporary dance experience and the audience favorite of the night.
MeMT now offers Gatsby Redux as a full-length site specific performance. This gorgeous and evocative dance event can be tailored for your site. Encourage your audience to wear white and make it a 1920’s immersive event everyone will remember.
"A gorgeous dance story unfolds that is passionate and involving. Use of the amphitheater and Blue Ribbon Garden was ingenious and immersive. Janet Roston did a superb job on the lively, upbeat and sometimes jazzy choreography. In the final section very upper crust body language and attitude, mixed with clever dance combinations, highlighted the strong technique of the dancers. It felt like we were a part of this swingin' soiree."
"Ms. Roston, whose amazing work is currently on display at Celebration Theatre’s “Cabaret," is one of L.A.’s best choreographers. Her “Gatsby Redux” transports the audience to the 20’s with touching, wry and animated movement. Roston made full use of the entire garden with large and small group choreography taking advantage of the deep depth of field to create both intimate and large-scale moments."
Stage and Cinema
"My favorite piece from Moves After Dark: “Gatsby Redux” was by Janet Roston and Mixed eMotion Theatrix. Three different locations, fabulously “tipsy” dancing ladies, beautiful costumes and to complete the choreography projections transforming the courtyard of the Walt Disney Concert Hall into a roaring 20’s party."
Jamie Lynn, Executive Producer, Dancescape LA
"Stunning…Roston’s movement spoke to the 1920’s Charleston/flapper era, a lively garden party-like atmosphere with beautifully detailed costumes."
LA Dance Chronicle
Los Angeles Music Center
Moves After Dark
Walt Disney Concert Hall