VVAD Presents Fantasyland
Saturday Jun 3, 2023 1:00 pm
A collaboration like you’ve never experienced before!
An innovative and timely artist ensemble not to be missed! This is sure to be a collaboration like you’ve never experienced before. Avant-garde, contemporary dance meets Grammy Award-winning musicians. This performance will feature dance, choreography and music transcending genre and styles seen or heard anywhere else.
ABOUT MICAELA TAYLOR: Micaela Taylor is making waves in the dance scene with her new movement style, called “Expand Practice,” which allows the artist to expand their mind, body and narrative. It encourages the freedom of expression through movement and facial expressions amplified within a group element by embracing the creation of bodies dancing together as one collective. During a poignant time characterized by divisiveness, Micaela’s choreography is one that strikes a chord to connect us all – reminding us of the importance of tolerance and cohesion in a world of social distancing.
“During such an unforeseen time it is nothing short of an honor to create and perform with fellow artists for audiences who share our overwhelming feelings of gratitude and passion for performance art. The dancers and I will never forget this collaboration at the Vilar Performing Art Center’s incredible space in the beautiful mountain resort of Beaver Creek – especially as we are all experiencing this collaboration at the least expected moment.” – Micaela Taylor
Her work with the highly acclaimed musicians of her All Star Band will draw from music she naturally vibes with, including early 90’s R&B. Inspired by the staccato foundations of hip-hop, her style draws from a hybrid of musical genres rooted in clear classical lines forming style uniquely her own.
Micaela was the recipient of the Inaugural Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award and recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” 2019, and was on the cover of Dance Magazine in May 2020. She is trailblazing in the city of Los Angeles and beyond.
“Taylor’s choreography settles in the dichotomies.” – The Los Angeles Times
Band members include:
MONONEON: Dywane Thomas Jr., also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist, experimental musician and songwriter. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. It was his eclectic artistry on the bass that first caught Prince’s attention in 2014. Mono and Prince performed a number of concerts at Paisley Park, and also recorded and release the track, “RUFF ENUFF.” MonoNeon was the last bassist Prince hired before he died. MonoNeon has become known for his speech to music multitracking videos and compositions.
DARU JONES: Daru Jones is one of the most respected drummers of his generation. Jones is a two-time Grammy Award-Winning musician for his work on Lazaretto (Jack White) and on Testimony (Gloria Gaynor). Jones has been influenced by musicians from a wide range of genres. These eclectic musical tastes have carried over into his own career as he has recorded, performed, and toured with renowned artists and producers such as: Jack White, Pete Rock, Gloria Gaynor, Slum Village, Jamie Lidell, Talib Kweli, Dwight Yoakam, Nas, Lorenzo Jovanotti, Queen Latifah, Black Milk, Salaam Remi, Rance Allen, Black Violin and Jon B. Alongside these artists, Jones has graced the stages of some of the most revered events in the music industry, including: One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide! A 20th anniversary celebration of Nas debut album Illmatic, the 2013 Grammy Awards, Austin City Limits and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Receiving rave reviews from: Rolling Stone Magazine, LA Weekly, and USA Today, he has also appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, and MTV.
VERNON REID: Guitarist and composer, Vernon Reid was the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour. Reid was named No. 66 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Reid’s art is a work forever in progress, from his formative years on the downtown New York jazz/funk/punk scene with Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society, to his leadership of the pioneering multi-platinum rock band Living Colour, to his collaborations with creative spirits ranging from guitarist Carlos Santana and African singer Salif Keita to choreographers Bill T. Jones and Donald Byrd.
DJ LOGIC: The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and mixing his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip – hop realms and Jam Band is considered by most as a highly respected musician and an innovative bandleader.
Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City-based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: Medeski Martin and Wood, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Charlie Hunter, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Bernie Worrell, Mos Def, The Roots , Miles Electric Band, Arturo O’Farrill & the Latin Jazz Orchestra, Fred Wesley, Mononeon, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir, John Popper, Christian Scott, Casey Benjamin, OAR, MoonTaxi, Kamasi Washington and more.
Performance Underwritten by: Priscilla Brewster, Susan & Jeff Campbell and Alexia & Jerry Jurschak
TICKETS: $134 General Admission [This show is currently SOLD OUT, as we are able to release more tickets, more may become available. If you would like to be on a ticket waitlist please contact our box office at email@example.com or 970-845-8497]
LIVE STREAMING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE. TUNE IN DETAILS COMING SOON!
We’re Making Distancing Easy For You. All upcoming events will be in collaboration with and implement Eagle County’s precautionary guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to prioritize the health of our patrons, artists, community and beyond during every event. In doing so we’ve adopted new limited and physically distanced seating, cleaning procedures and much more.
THIS PERFORMANCE HAS THREE DATES: