Architects brand launch event for Hoxton Lab productions
The Brief: Create an aerial performance around the theme, “The Ritual of Light.”
Venue: The Works London.
What we did: Scouted for and selected the most suitable ethereal look in one of our wonderful aerial performers, Katie. We created a costume in white, light, with fringes and a fluttering fabric. This would have an effect with the light of the event and give an airy feel. We selected the music for the piece in collaboration with the always-innovative creative heads of Hoxton Lab and the performer who then choreographed as per the brief. We managed health and safety, working with the venue in ensuring a safe performance.
Dolce Vita Valentine
The Brief: Create a Valentine evening in style with the hotel and open to guests.
Venue: Baglioni Hotel London.
What we did: Looked at the essence of the hotel, its values and style. The glamour of Italy in the golden era, the sought after evenings of entertainment in Rome during those years. Valentines day means romance and where to find more romance and glamour than in the movies of Fellini? We looked at the venue, a cabaret style space called Clubino. We created the concept, “A Dolce Vita Cabaret Evening.” Combining forces with the fabulous catering team of the Baglioni, we tailored a dinner experience which included live music performed by the fabulous Dolce Vita Live Band. We created a cabaret performance showcasing Francesca Confortinis performing the classics from Mambo Italiano to Americano amongst the tables. A series of performances based on the popular entertainment styles of the times, from dramatic opera, to passionate tango dance, magic and mysticism from the bespoke character Pearl of Wisdom, brought a message of love to all guests.
Four Seasons Hotel Showcase
The Brief: Create a Tudor dinner experience for the European clients of the five-star hotel chain.
Venue: Four Seasons Hampshire
What we did: We looked closely at the history of the hotel and its links to Henry VIII. We looked at the journey of the guests from arrival to after-dinner. We looked at the type of people invited. We decided to invite Henry VIII and his wife Catherine of Aragon who was his partner at the time when visiting that same land. This was intended to be a surprise, so as guests entered we kept the mystery and wow factor by welcoming them with masquerade jesters stilt walkers and guests of court in traditional costumes. We dressed the venue with the coat of arms, armour and other Tudor décor for a stunning drinks reception space which opened into the garden where court entertainers where juggling fire, and traditional Tudor musicians were playing medieval rhythms using traditional instruments. The surprise moment arrived when, to the sound of horns and drums, Henry VIII was announced, entered, gave a welcome speech to all, and the doors to the grand gala dinner room opened. Here the thrones stood majestic in the middle of the room where the long banquet table was displaying tall chandeliers and boar heads. Each of the four courses was accompanied by a performance. A fool roamed around the table bringing a smile to guests with old tricks, then a surprise act bringing past and future together with an LED juggling circus jesters choreographed performance with a logo display grand finale. It had to be seen to be believed!
At the end of the meal, in fitting with the bonhomie of Henry VIII-style parties, the dances opened. We brought in specifically made costumes for our Tudor dancers who performed in the centre of the room. The historical dancers then invited all guests to the dance floor to learn the steps and dance the evening away. The event created unique memories for the guests to bring back to their home countries.
Reveal Show for HNA
The Brief: 2 weeks to create a reveal show to be performed alongside a video provided by the client for announcing the Forbes 500 positioning of the company.
Venue: Hampton Court Palace
What we did: We had two weeks to put this together. We looked at the video which was had mainly black background and gold images and epic music. We needed something suitable for an audience of 600 guests. Hence we needed strong stage performers, that were visually captivating and on-theme. We therefore brought many performers on stage joining various types from skills from dance to gymnastic to circus and choreographed a “Golden Stars” performance with bespoke gold costumes and star props.
The Result: A cornucopia of celebratory movements golden stars for a crescendo of intensity until the revelation of the number on screen.