Gatsby Redux is a full length, site-specific production inspired by The Great Gatsby. The work is filled with love triangles, intimate dance among the trees and waves of movement from an ensemble in white linen and flowing dresses. The production takes the audience into the zany 1920’s and the romance of Gatsby’s world but also tackles themes from the novel: Class, Power, the American Dream and the Illusiveness of Love.
The work was originally commissioned by the Los Angeles Music Center and performed in Disney Hall’s Blue Ribbon Garden. It has subsequently been performed at the world famous Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and as part of the Tulsa International Dance Festival.
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.
Press for Gatsby Redux:
"Just as dusk led to a flaming sunset and an evening of romance, intrigue and festivities took place at Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion, the adroit director/choreographer Janet Roston and a coterie of performers made Gatsby Redux a memorable and tantalizing evening. "
"As I watched this performance, never did I want to look away ~ the interesting and researched choreography, the ever-changing patterns, tempos and genres all kept me engrossed….Everything about this dance piece is well done, polished, with a cherry on top"
(Brand Library and Art Center)
"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
(Muckenthaler Cultural Center)