Libations come to life in Cocktail Hour: The Show, onstage at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray Beach December 20 and 21. Produced by the New York City–based company Ballets with a Twist, Cocktail Hour features more than a dozen original dances inspired by cocktails and mocktails such as the Cuba Libre (above), White Russian, Hot Toddy, and Shirley Temple.
Artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus explains that the company’s repertoire includes about 30 pieces, but that the exact “mixology” behind creating each number is different every time. “I usually walk into the studio with a general notion of what a particular drink feels like in my mind but an otherwise blank slate,” she says. Composer Stephen Gaboury and costume designer Catherine Zehr join in the creative process to round out the individual vignettes, which range from a hot Havana night, to a wintry wedding, to a Roaring Twenties romp.
Klaus also stresses the diversity of dance in the family-friendly show, adding that while every company member is classically trained in ballet, there’s a “major groove” that permeates the program. “Whether you’re a fan of Broadway shows, pop concerts, TV dance competitions, or any other type of fun-loving entertainment, you will likely find something that grabs you during one of our performances.”