Choreographer's Carnival, Los Angeles, has relocated their long running and consistently "mind blowing" monthly dance showcase to the Avalon Hollywood; a much larger venue where choreographers and dancers are adding innovation to inspiration as they push the boundaries of their art form farther than ever.The Avalon provides double the width of the previous stage and main floor and includes two wide balconies. In Carnival's new home, size benefits the audience with many great viewer vantage points to choose. Some HistoryCarey Ysais, Paulette Azizian, Kimo and DMK World make Carnival happen. When Carey Ysais presented the first showcase in 1998, the number of dance pieces hovered around eight. Today, shows average sixteen, unique pieces. Top tier local, national and international choreographers jockey for a slot in upcoming programs because, while talent burns up the stage, talent agents, media VIPs and celebrities are in the crowd watching for the next "hot" artist.
Carnival is powered by dancers, for dancers.
Ysais, Azizian, and Kimo, who orchestrate the show every month and perform in a crew called Razberry Jam, each come from dance backgrounds.
Carey Ysais fell in love with 70's funk and started locking as a teenager under the influence of the great innovator Don "Campbellock" Campbell. All styles "Old School" are welcome at Carnival and come alive in a freestyle cypher on the floor pre-show and post.
Paulette Azizian has been a dancer since she was nine years old. She is a formally trained dancer who, like all professionals, must be skilled in every style to make it in the business.
Kimo's milieu is fight choreography. Martial Arts have tremendous influence in current dance trends through gymnastics, attitude, clear intent, and sharp execution of movement.
Carnival was started as a "place for choreographers to have an unconstricted voice," says Carnival founder Carey Ysais. That original promise has not changed in Carnival's eleven plus - and counting, years as a centerpiece of the L.A. professional dance scene.
"The industry grew up with Carnival. Instead of dancers being seen as extras with talent, Carnival puts dancers in the spotlight." according to Kimo.
Dance has evolved as a serious professional pursuit where opportunities have increased for dancers and choreographers to build substantial careers. Choreographer's Carnival plays a major role in making commercial dance world dancer friendly.
The show lineup is new and different every month. There could be hip hop, ballet, krump and lyrical jazz back to back in the first act and modern, capoeira, strut, step, stomp and swing in the next.
Carnival show dates sometimes change at the Avalon Hollywood from the usual last Wednesday of the month to last Tuesday of the month. Check the web.
Tickets are $20.00.
There is nothing like Choreographer's Carnival at any price.
AVALON NIGHT CLUB, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028, (323) 467-4571