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NIGHT CIRCUS AT SMoCA IS A 3-RING SUCCESS
SMoCA’s Over-the-Big-Top Fundraiser Wows Guests
The illustrious Night Circus gala, presented by Target Commercial Interiors, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. and Great American Title Agency, Inc. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) rolled into town to leave guests spellbound on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013.
With nearly 700 in attendance, Night Circus dazzled a sold-out crowd. Acrobats hung from the ceilings, satyrs hoofed their way through an Enchanted Forest, fortune tellers proclaimed bright futures and otherworldly light and video installations transformed the Museum. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and his wife Joanne Lane were proud that Scottsdale’s Museum hosted a night for everyone who appreciates creative diversity and aesthetic possibilities in the Valley of the Sun. People of all ages were present and guests even flew in from Santa Fe and Los Angeles to attend this ‘once in a blue moon’ event.
The Night Circus concept was based loosely on the eponymous book of the same title. The committee sought out Circus School of Arizona (CSA) Events led by Jeffrey Lazos-Ferns & Rachel Stegman-Ware and the multidisciplinary Gregangelo & Velocity Arts/Entertainment in San Francisco. The entertainment team specializes in interactive, ‘living installation’ productions, unique to the needs of museums and cultural partnerships. CSA Events & Gregangelo/Velocity also collaborated with local musician DJ WF Rani G for music, students from the Art Institute of Phoenix for hypnotic, video-mapped projections, and SMoCA’s own exhibition design staff to achieve mind-blowing settings of color, sound and spectacle.
SMoCA Director Tim Rodgers described his own not-so-average experience at Night Circus as: “you walked in and a signature cocktail was placed in your hand, 3-D glasses on your head, gourmet “deconstructed” circus food in your mouth and a trapeze artist on your shoulders while you enjoyed cats playing the piano.” Also according to the Museum Director, Night Circus far surpassed its revenue goals and will become one of the most memorable occasions ever to take place at SMoCA.
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