Original, unexpected, superb, exquisite beauty. I think those are the words I will use to start off with to describe my Friday evening. At one point in the show I thought to myself, how am I going to describe the feeling of more than 3D cause it felt like more? It felt like a ride at Disneyland® where you are taken on a journey and the show starts when you pass through the dark doors. The anticipation builds as your imagination soars. (I can hear the theme now from my childhood as Tinkerbell flys around the TV screen sparking off fireworks with her wand) Captivated from start to finish and it doesn’t end till you come back out of the tunnel and you realize it’s still daylight outside cause you had forgotten there was an outside. All you can think of is running around to get in line for the ride again.[img_assist|nid=200|title=Quixotic|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=155] [img_assist|nid=201|title=Chuck Franks and Anthony Magliano|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=69] [img_assist|nid=202|title=Chuck Franks and Mica Thomas|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=86] [img_assist|nid=203|title=Mica Thomas and Logan Pachariz|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=82]
I feel joyous that I experienced this show. It is one thing to talk about someone who is doing something remarkable, it is quite another to be caught up in an experience that is more than your mind could have imagined. They engaged my eyes, my ears, my thought and my imagination. It is a show that has so many elements going on that you could see it more than once and still not see it all. Sometimes it is so big and bold that it is more than you can absorb. At other times it narrowed its focus on one performer, be it a musician or dancer but only briefly and always intermingling video and graphic design elements. The photos I took from my iphone don’t do justice go to Quixotic’s website to see better visuals. Thank you Anthony for creating beauty in a world usually focused on other things.Follow them on facebook at QuixoticFusion.Anthony Magliano is the artistic director and Quixotic co-founder. This production LUX ESALARE represents “an incredible step forward for the ensemble” says Magliano.“From the moment we started working on this production, we knew we wanted to push ourselves even further than everbefore,” Magliano says. “In many ways, the thematic material of this work is a reflection of the personal drive that everymember of Quixotic has inside him or herself. At one time or another, we’ve all struggled to maintain balance while at the same time trying to feed that artistic hunger that each of us has within. As a result, this production has been a very personal labor of love for all of us.”Magliano’s fellow artistic director Mica Thomas, now entering his third year with the group.“Contemporary ballet and modern dancers share the stage with aerialists overhead,” says Thomas. “Jazz and classical and pop musicians play shoulder to shoulder. Fashion designers actively collaborate with make up artists. Traditional theater technicians engage with digital technologists. And then with LUX ESALARE we have the honor of bringing in a world-class talent like Sonya Tayeh [So You Think You Can Dance choreographer and EDGE Performing Arts Center instructor] as a choreographer. It’s hard to think how much more we can throw into the mix. In the end, it is incredible how it all comes together seamlessly.”Also pictured is Logan Pachariz who is the director of Choreography who I first met at an open house Quixotic had for supporters. There are so many individuals involved in this show that it is hard to focus on so few. But these are the leaders who pull this all together with the help of many.Quixotic Performance Ensemble presentsLUX ESALAREDates: June 19- 20, 8pm | June 25-27, 8pmLocation: Spencer Theatre | UMKC Performing Arts Center | 4949 Cherry Street | Kansas City, MO 64110Tickets: $20-$30 | www.umkc.edu/adminfinance/businessservices/cto/Quixotic.asp | 816-235-6222Please share this. And for anyone not able to experience this in person I hear rumors of a DVD being produced and edited.Coaching Question: How do you collaborate in your life with others to be more than any one person could be by themselves?