Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2015
On the 25th anniversary of Janet Jacksons record-breaking Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, choreographer Anthony Thomas has announced his plan to pay homage to Jacksons pop masterpiece with a new dance-and-music experience. A dance visionary, Thomas revolutionized hip-hop with his award-winning choreography for the albums tour and music videos, including his pioneering work for the Rhythm Nation video, which introduced the infusion of popping and locking for the first time to millions of viewers around the world. Twenty-five years after his work inspired a generation of dance and music enthusiasts, Thomas has launched a RocketHub campaign to fund a new dance tour inspired by his history-making collaboration with Jackson.
The idea for the tour came from a performance of Rhythm Nation that I did at The Carnival: Choreographers Ball in 2008. It was the first time I had performed the choreography since 1990, and I was amazed by how enthusiastically and passionately the dancers I worked with responded to it. They shared their experiences of how it had influenced them as dancers, and I was, in turn, inspired by their stories, says Thomas. At the end of the performance, Janet came up to me in tears because she was so moved by it. It was a very emotional moment for both of us. I knew then that I had to share what we all feltthe power, strength and urgency of that musicthrough a new dance concept that would celebrate Rhythm Nation and introduce it to a new generation.
Thomas and a team of creative collaborators have developed Anthony Thomas Rhythm Nation Experience 25 Anniversary World Tour, a two-hour-long production that will include everything from contemporary dance to hip-hop set to the music of Rhythm Nation. The show, which will be cast with world-class dancers and star Thomas, combines his influential work with fresh, new dance pieces. It will also feature dynamic, special lighting effects designed by production co-founder and veteran lighting designer John Featherstone, who collaborated with Thomas on the original Rhythm Nation tour.
The show will integrate dance, theater, music and state-of-the-art production to create a unique, all new experience that will delight dance aficionados, excite fans of Janets music and inspire a new generation of fansin short, it will set a new bar for dance productions, says Featherstone, who is also the founder and principal designer of Lightswitch, a global lighting design consortium. More than just a brilliant pop album, Rhythm Nation 1814 is an anthem for equality and unity. Our new production is a reminder that poetry, music and dance can spread a powerful message of peace and hope. Who wouldnt want to support that?
The team has launched a RocketHub campaign to fund a workshop production of the show that will be presented to producers, promoters and theatrical investors. The campaign will also support numerous production costs, including cast fees, lighting, sound and visual design, studio rental costs, and travel and lodging for performers and technical crews. Additional funding will go towards any other showcases or performances that will lead to securing a fall investment to produce the full production of Anthony Thomas Rhythm Nation Experience 25 Anniversary World Tour.
For more information or to contribute, please visit http://www.rockethub.com/projects/54345-anthony-thomas-rhythm-nation-experience-atrne.
About Anthony Thomas:
Anthony was the creative partner, collaborator and award-winning choreographer for Janet Jacksons Rhythm Nation. Discovered by Janet Jackson in his early 20s, he catapulted to worldwide fame for his groundbreaking choreography on Jacksons, Rhythm Nation 1814 album. An overnight sensation, Thomas Rhythm Nation 1814 won a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video and MTVs Music Award for Best Choreography. The video is ranked on MTV and VH1s lists of Greatest 100 Videos of all time. Thomas innovative gift of versatility and physical rhythm earned him an honored place in music history when he combined popping and locking for the first time. He has also created choreography for Disneys A Goofy Movie, Robin Williams Toys, Luther Vandross Never Let Me Go world tour, and Wynonna Judd and The Judds Power to Change tour.
About John Featherstone:
John was the lighting director for the Rhythm Nation tour, and was deeply involved in the creative process for the project. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, he was theatrically trained at Britains National Youth Theater. John then moved into concert touring lighting design and spent 10 years as lighting designer and director for some of the biggest names in contemporary concert touring, including Duran Duran, The Pretenders, Van Halen, INXS, Bryan Adams and Janet Jackson. In 1993, he and partner Norm Schwab founded Lightswitch to focus on business theater, environmental and architectural projects. The firms entertainment projects have ranged from TV specials featuring artists such as Celine Dion, Josh Groban, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Bon Jovi and Kenny Chesney, to concert tour lighting and media design for artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Imagine Dragons, Elton John, John Fogerty, The Judds, John Legend and Kid Rock.
Elizabeth R. Hall
Press and Media Relations