The Joffrey Ballet’s “Global Visionaries” – April 26th, 2017

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

Global Visionaries is unlike anything you have ever seen before!
From comedy to serious artistic expression, Joffrey‘s Global Visionaries has it all. I have to give another standing ovation to all the hard-working dancers and choreographers who put together such an amazing show. Your labor of love does not go unnoticed.

The Chicago Premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov was a spellbinding journey from beginning to end. Their dance resembled elegant musical notes to accompany the beautiful sound of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. It quickly transformed into a story illustrating crime, murder and the power of love. There isn’t a dull moment in the The Miraculous Mandarin.

I think this piece is more appropriate for adults because of the subject matter and some of the choreography.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

Joy was the highlight of the night.

Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman held its grand world premiere yesterday. The audience was elated by the comedy, hiplet inspired choreography and the dancers’ dialogue with us. I was a big fan of our talented dancers verbally communicating with us. I hope they continue to do so in the future. The dancing was on point and the ad-libbing was very entertaining. Alexander Ekman also incorporated trendy music into his piece like Grammy-nominated Brad Mehldau Trio’s blues version of Buddy Johnson’s Since “I Fell for You”; Django Django’s retro single “First Light”, Tiga’s pop song “Shoes” and Moby’s “LA5”.

The one draw back of Joy was the attire. I would have love to see flowing dresses, more colorful suits and a variety of onesies. A fabulous wardrobe would have enhanced it even more.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

Mammatus by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa made its grand return after premiering at the Joffrey in September of 2015.  The entire piece was like walking into the Art Institute. The dancers’ animal like movements resembled moving sculptures in a refined museum. The special effects in the end made the whole experience seem surreal.

The Joffrey Ballet‘s Global Visionaries runs thru May 7 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.

* A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group for allowing BTSCelebs to review the ballet*

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A&A Ballet Debuts “Cinderella” in May

The Midwest will be delighted this year by the wonderful dance interpretation of the beloved classic “Cinderella”.  A&A Ballet founders Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik are bringing the story to life once again to jump start our summer. Chicago and Naperville are ready to embrace the magic that only these two talented artists can bring.

Click Here to relive BTSCelebs’ interview with “Cinderella” Kennedy Brown.

*A Special Thanks to A&A Ballet for the image and info.*

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Park Shin Hye Shares Cute Pet Goodies During Her Vacation

Park Shin Hye is destressing with her furry friend.

During her recent vacation, the young South Korean star not only took part in a magazine’s photoshoot in the Maldives… she spent some time with her beloved cat Haeri. Whether she brought her favorite feline on her overseas trip or not, she definitely enjoyed quality downtime with Haeri.

Click Here and Here to see her adorable kitty videos.

Park Shin Hye’s upcoming film Silence, which co-stars Choi Min Sik and Ryu Joon Yul, is scheduled to hit theaters later this year.

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Chicago Cubs Celebrate Championship with Stunning Rings

Today, the Chicago Cubs finally received their 2016 championship rings. The players and the entire Ricketts family were given the glamorous jewelry to honor them for a season well done. During the live stream of the ceremony, they shared photos of the rings on social media.

Click Here to see more photos of the winner’s new jewelry.

Congratulations to our guys! Let’s have another amazing season, Cubbies.

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Jiro Wang Connects with Fans Online + Tiffany Alvord Sends Inspiration to Followers

After marathoning one of Jiro Wang’s hit TV shows this past week, I decided to check in with the Taiwanese singer and actor on social media. I found out he is very active on Instagram alone! Jiro keeps his fans in the know with so many updates from his private and public life. The photo below referenced how he gets inspired to stay fit.

Click here to watch him do a little action figure/comic book magic online.

Following YouTube star Megan Nicole’s engagement, I’m keeping a close on eye fellow YouTubers who haven’t tied the knot just yet. So many stars are entertaining and inspiring us on a regular basis, and Tiffany Alvord is one of them. The singer/songwriter shared the photo below and this message:

“When we speak our story.. the vulnerable truth, that’s when we’re set free; yet we hide behind fear, behind the ‘us’ we WANT people to see; but darling dont you know.. we’re our own worst enemy. 🙃 We’re human, we’re fragile, we’re flawed & that’s okay. ❤ 💭 QOTD: What’s your favorite day of the week? Mines Tuesday. 😝 📷: @jacobthomas”


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Kel Mitchell Graces MADE Magazine Cover

Kel Mitchell Instagrammed: “Check me out on this month’s cover for @mademagazineus it’s their 90’s edition!! I discuss my 20-year career, keeping the faith and the keys to longevity in the industry. Check out the full interview in the new issue of #MADEMagazineUS (🔗 in @mademagazineus bio). 📸: @jenjphoto Wardrobe: @godschance Art Director: @tahitian_treat Creative Director: @krisdwilliams I had a great time at this shoot & interview! Shouts out to @mademagazineus on the dope layout! #ChiTown #Chicago #Blessed”

All rights to the image and quote belong to Kel Mitchell and MADE Magazine.

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BTSCelebs’ Dream Tour: Mandisa, David Dunn and Moriah Peters

After attending the Hits Deep Tour stop in Hoffman Estates,IL this week, my addiction for inspirational concerts quickly returned. I’ve been enjoying the quality tunes on a regular basis, but I hadn’t seen a live show since 2011. Now I’m anxious to see the next talented artist on my top 10 list when they roll into town.

While I wait for my favorites to come, a great idea came to mind. What if Mandisa, David Dunn and Moriah Peters decided to tour together? I don’t know about you…but I would be the first one in line to buy tickets if this ever became a reality! I have reviewed their albums and even interviewed Mr. Dunn. Their extraordinary vocals and inspired lyrics keep me coming back time and time again.

To me, a Mandisa, David Dunn and Moriah Peters tour would be the ultimate dream tour. Make it happen stars.

All rights to the images belong to Capitol CMG Label Group, BEC Recordings and Red Entertainment Group.

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