Anaïs
Conceived and Created by Janet Roston and Cindy Shapiro
Music and Lyrics by Cindy Shapiro
Directed and Choreographed by Janet Roston

ANAÏS – A DANCE OPERA
LA NOUVELLE EVE – PARIS
25, RUE PIERRE FONTAINE
75009PARIS – FRANCE
Monday, 12 March 2018 to Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Tickets FNAC and ticketmaster

Anaïs is a critically-acclaimed work created by composer/lyricist Cindy Shapiro and director/choreographer Janet Roston incorporating music, dance and visual projections into a cutting edge stage production that explores and illuminates the riveting life of famed diarist and literary figure Anaïs Nin and her world of words, sex, passion and creativity.

Anaïs celebrates Nin’s story as one of personal and artistic triumph which continues to influence the world today. Sensuous, probing, compelling and thought provoking, the production is presented with one live female vocalist as Eternal Anaïs supported by six dancers who, with projections, tell the absorbing life story of Anaïs Nin. The dancers bring the controversial author to life in a production that shatters stage conventions in the same way Nin herself violated literary and societal expectations.

Cindy Shapiro’s lyrics and music, with Janet Roston’s intricate choreography and direction, and deeply engaging visual projections by designer Joe LaRue, weave Nin’s story, intertwining excerpts from her diaries and her groundbreaking erotica.

The dancers and vocalist unveil the author’s journey of self-discovery which took her from a naïve young housewife into the café society of Paris, where she emerged as an important literary figure during the 1930s, through her life in the United States during and after World War II, to her death and its aftermath in the 1970s.

These adventures of self-exploration led the author through numerous simultaneous relationships, bigamy, and grand deceptions which she kept track of using what she called her “Lie Box.” Nin believed in living her life as freely as a man and for that she was chastised after her death. Her legacy is currently being revived, she is revered as a multifaceted, multidimensional woman who created her own heat and became her own sun.

Poster Design: James Levy
Photo: Barry Weiss

The production premiered at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles, played to sold-out crowds and extended it’s run to accommodate demand. It was produced by Mixed eMotion Theatrix.

Anaïs has the support of the Anaïs Nin Trust and Nin’s publisher, Paul Herron

The show is designed to tour easily with no sets, limited costumes and props and all music, except lead vocal, on track.

The music and lyrics by Cindy Shapiro, an artist-in-residence at Cité International des Arts and a Tides Grant recipient, blend classical contemporary layering with a rock sensibility.

The choreography by Janet Roston, an Ovation Award-winning choreographer, is contemporary with sections inspired by vintage dance.

Joe LaRue, whose projections amaze and enlighten, is the editor of Nigeria’s topgrossing film of 2014, and a filmmaker whose shorts have been screened at numerous film festivals.

Janet Roston
(Director/Choreographer)
As Director/Choreographer credits include Midsummer Night for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and Texas New Musical Festival (co-creator with composers Milburn and Vigoda), Striking 12 ( Laguna Playhouse), Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera (ART, Boston), CarnEvil (Sacred Fools Theater), shAme, (King King Nightclub) and The Wanting (Highways Performance Space). Janet created choreography for the hit productions, The Boy From Oz and The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre). She received the Ovation Award, NAACP Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for choreography on The Color Purple. Additional choreography: Justin Love, (Celebration Theatre, LADCC Award); Once On this Island, (International City Theater, NAACP Nomination); Avenue X, Odyssey Theater, Ovation Award Nomination); Psyche, A Modern Rock Opera, (Greenway Court Theater) and Failure, A Love Story (Coeurage Theater, Ovation
Nomination). Her contemporary choreography has been presented at London’s Royal Academy of Music and in Cannes, France. Her work was awarded at the Palm
Desert Choreography Festival and selected for the Los Angeles Dance Festival. She has received two American Choreography Awards, is a proud alumni of the Directors Lab and a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Cindy Shapiro
(Composer/Librettist)
Cindy Shapiro is a multi-faceted artist with a rich musical history. She was a rock singer in New York City, and has toured the world with Video Games
Live, a symphonic show of music from Video Games. She has sung with some of the greatest symphonies in the world, including the LA Phil and the London Philharmonia Orchestra. She toured Japan with the Roger Wagner Chorale, and was a Cantor at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. She sings on video game, television and film soundtracks. Cindy was an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts where she composed an opera based on the Psyche myth. She is a recipient of a $25,000 art grant from the Tides Foundation for her Psyche opera. Cindy spent many years as a game developer, specializing in interactive fiction and human behavior modeling. She has also been a software engineer and music teacher.

OUTREACH
Janet Roston, Director/Choreographer, Cindy Shapiro, Composer/Lyricist of “Anaïs” offer workshops in dance,
theatrical movement, choreography, vocal training, music composition, collaborative creation and research techniques,
journaling as a creative tool. Workshops tailored to all levels and ages. Many of these workshops can be open for large
group community events.
DANCE TECHNIQUE, DANCE REPERTORY, STORYTELLING THROUGH MOVEMENT
MUSIC COMPOSITION AND VOCAL TECHNIQUE
NIN’S ROLE, COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

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videos please visit:
anaisdanceopera.com