After more than a decade of triumphant success in both San Francisco and Seattle, Teatro ZinZanni comes south to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new show, LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER, October 24 – December 31, 2012. Described as the "Kit Kat Club on acid," Teatro ZinZanni is spectacular theatricality that begins as you enter its magical environment - a century-old Belgian Spiegeltent, the Palais Nostalgique, The experience is a three-hour whirlwind of international cirque,comedy and cabaret all served up with a scrumptious five-course feast and elegant libations from Chef Joachim Splichal's Patina Catering. Famous for its intimate setting of 285 guests, the fast-paced action of the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you as you enjoy a gourmet dinner. The wildly popular Teatro ZinZanni shows have only been seen in the United States during extended runs in Seattle and San Francisco. This will be an all new show unveiled by the company for its Southern California premiere.
Tickets to see Teatro ZinZanni's LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER start at $122.85 and will go on public sale Monday, July 23 at 10 a.m. PST. They will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 15 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Guests must be at least five-years of age. Artists and program are subject to change.
Founder Norman Langill calls Teatro ZinZanni "the nightclub of your dreams," noting that the concept is "one in a long line of high spirited theatrical experiences combining the arts of vaudeville, cabaret, cirque and opera with great food and strong drink – a winning combination if ever there was one. Working together with our partners at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Patina Catering, we look forward to bringing this unparalleled experience and magical place of silliness, frivolity, fun, intimacy and self expression to audiences in Southern California."
Terrence W. Dwyer, president of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, said, "We are thrilled to welcome Teatro ZinZanni to Orange County for all of Southern California to enjoy. This is just the sort of exciting and unexpected entertainment experience that we like to present at the Center, and we hope that Love, Chaos & Dinner will be enjoyed as a special treat for the entire community during the fall and holiday season." Opening October 24, LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER stars two veteran Teatro ZinZanni performers: master improvisational artist, humorist and physical comedian Kevin Kent and legendary blues singer Duffy Bishop.
Kent and Bishop are joined by a spectacular cast of all-star cirque artists, musicians, acrobats and
dancers from around the world including the Die Maiers, from Germany, who combine trapeze with
clowning for what critics have called "truly one of the most superbly orchestrated and physically dexterous clown acts ever created;" Australian juggler and comedian Joel Salom, who got his start as a street performer in his native Sydney rising to star as master of ceremonies in the 2000 Olympic Games; Austrian Amazon Manuela Horn, a six-feet tall yodeling, dancing, acting and comedic force of nature; Les Petits Freres, from France, defying gravity with their graceful aerial acrobatics and physical comedy; and the beautiful Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova with her elegant and sensual acrobatic artistry.
Described by The New York Times as "this city's hottest ticket," Teatro ZinZanni was created by Pacific Northwest non-profit arts and events producer One Reel in 1998 and enjoyed a sold-out 14 month run in Seattle before bringing its antique "Spiegeltent" to San Francisco in 2000. A huge hit in San Francisco as well, KGO radio personality Jerry Friedman described Teatro ZinZanni as "... my all-time favorite show that keeps getting better and better. It'll be the best time you'll ever have!" Originally scheduled for a 15 month run, Teatro ZinZanni enjoyed more than 11 years in San Francisco and plans to return in a permanent location.
Since March of 2000, Teatro ZinZanni San Francisco has welcomed more than 1,000,000 people into the gorgeous Palais Nostalgique for a bewitching blend of European cabaret, cirque arts, music and comedy combined with a gourmet five-course dinner. From the beginning, Teatro ZinZanni has featured the finest international talent in the business – bringing in performing artists such as Thelma Houston, Melba Moore, Liliane Montevecchi and Sally Kellerman in addition to welcoming acclaimed performers such as Joan Baez, Kristin Clayton, Geoff Hoyle, and Keta Bill. The Company's headline cirque artists come from around the world, such as Russian superstars Yevgeniy Voronin, Svetlana Perekhdova, Vita Radionova Duo Artemiev and Elena Borodina; Les Petits Frères and Les Castors from France; Chinese acrobats Ming and Rui; Die Maiers and the Collins Brothers from Germany; Italian acrobats The Randols; Krissie Illing from the UK; Australia's Joel Salom; and Tobiass Larsson from Sweden among many other artists and countries. Comedic actors Kevin Kent, Frank Ferrante, Christine Deaver, El Vez, and Michael Davis have offered audiences their master improvisational comedy through a mix of performance and audience interaction. And always, Teatro ZinZanni has featured one of the finest in-house orchestras in the business.