Legend River Entertainment Co. LTD Presents
A Multimedia Explosion of Light, Sound and Movement
ANGELA XIAOLEI TANG (CEO, Legend River Entertainment)
Angela Xiaolei Tang is one of the top producers and event organizers in China for live events including theatrical performances, concert touring, and large-scale music festivals. Over the past 17 years she has been delivering some of the top names in music from around the globe and organizing world famous shows, including the Pearl dance production at Lincoln Center (2015), two China tours of David Copperfield (2002, 2004), a Beijing live concert performance by American pop sensation, Whitney Houston (2004), three China tours of the Disney Live Show, three China tours of the London Symphony Orchestra, a China tour of the Backstreet Boys (2007), a China tour of the Ballet Company of the Teatro alla Scala Opera House, China tours of Korean pop singer bands Super Junior and EXO, Beyoncé’s 2009 Beijing live concert performance in association with AEG. Ms. Tang won the Honorable Contribution Award for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has also produced for both the stage and screen, including the Chang Jiang International Music Festival featuring such names as the Grammy Award-winning Nile Rodgers, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys and the Scorpions; the Chinese stage show, Struggle, based on the bestselling novel in China; and co-produced the documentary, Made in China, in collaboration with CCTV and K Media Group USA.
DANIEL EZRALOW (Director/Choreographer)
Daniel Ezralow has made a career expanding the boundaries of dance. From his beginnings as a dancer with 5×2 Plus, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Pilobolus, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ezralow’s professional life grew to include work as a director and choreographer. He has, over decades, traversed the mediums of live performance, film and television, from modest venues to the world’s greatest stages. Ezralow is the artistic director and founder of Ezralow Dance, a movement based company. He conceived, directed, and choreographed the new theatrical dance show, OPEN, with Ezralow Dance, which had its US premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles in April 2016.
Ezralow is also an original dancer/choreographer of MOMIX and a founding member and director of ISO Dance. He has choreographed for the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Opera, the English National Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Philharmonico Verona, and Gran Teatro Roma.
He has created site-specific installations at the Getty Museum and The Ford Theater in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In February 2015, he directed and choreographed a powerful new work, Le Sacre du Printemps, at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, which was broadcast throughout Europe.
In television, Mr. Ezralow conceived and created the award-winning dance specials Windows (Bravo), Episodes (PBS) – for which he received an Emmy Award – and Josh Groban in Concert (PBS). He received an Emmy nomination for his work on the 70th Annual Academy Awards (ABC). In the summer of 2013, he conceived, directed and choreographed a world premiere live and filmed event: Flying Bodies, Soaring Souls, in collaboration with legendary designer, Issey Miyake. He was also the choreographer and movement director for the film, Across the Universe and he staged the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Other stage creations of Ezralow’s are the Cirque de Soleil/Beatles spectacle, LOVE, and Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. He choreographed the pre-show at Yankee Stadium for the Pope’s historical visit to NYC and the world tour for the celebrated musician, Josh Groban.
Ezralow’s work has earned him two American Choreography Awards for innovative and outstanding choreography, a Choreographic Media Honors Award, an EMMY Award, the Premio Positano (Italy), a Nijinsky Award, an Ischia Award and an NEA Choreographic Fellowship. Most recently he was awarded the prestigious Friends of Italy award for his long history of powerful collaborations on the stage and screen in Italy.
MICHAEL COTTEN (Production Design)
Michael’s career began as a member of the seminal 1970s theatrical rock group, The Tubes. Having created shows for everyone from Michael Jackson to Britney Spears and Robert Plant, Michael’s expertise in production design, theatrical staging, animation, electronic music and graphic arts has garnered him a clientele that includes many of the world’s top performers, retailers, and corporations.
JUN MIYAKE (Composer)
Discovered by the legendary Terumasa Hino, Jun Miyake graduated from Berklee College of Music and began his career as a jazz trumpeter, later evolving into an influential artist and successful composer. Miyake has worked closely with Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders, Robert Wilson, Oliver Stone, Jean-Paul Goude, Philippe Decoufle, and many others. He has also collaborated with artists such as Hal Willner, Arto Lindsay, Arthur H, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bulgarian Voices, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Gavin Friday, Ron Carter, and Michael Brecker. With his ability to blend different elements of music, he has achieved much respect throughout the world. Miyake’s album Stolen from Strangers was named Best Album of the Year by numerous European music magazines, received the Grand Prix from the German Record Critics Award in 2008, and he was selected as Man of 2009 by Galerie Lafayette Homme. Wim Wenders’ film Pina, for which Miyake contributed core music, was awarded the 2011 European Film Award for Best Documentary Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.
KELLEY PARKER (Associate Producer/ Assistant Director)
Kelley is an associate director and creative producer specializing in theatre, television and live concert events. An actress/dancer herself, educated in cinematography, finance and anthropology as well, Kelley has a reputation as someone who expertly toes the delicate line between creative vision and production savvy. Her credits include Fake Off, The Arena [television] and concert tours with Madonna and Yanni.
ARABELLA EZRALOW (Artistic Consultant and Dramaturg)
Arabella has been working as a visual collaborator, writer and performer with Daniel Ezralow since 1995 when they created Mandala, a multimedia extravaganza critically regarded as a work of “modern genius”. She has been awarded the Mary Drew Art Award and the Duane Michals Award for her work in photography and sculpture and is also a recipient of the Fleming Fellowship.
YASMINE LEE (Associate Choreographer)
Yasmine Lee began her career on the concert dance stage performing in over 25 countries and in every state of the Union. She has worked as both choreographer and performer on stage and in film, television, video, theater, ceremonies and industrials. Select credits include: Alvin Ailey, Feld Ballet, Momix, Once The Musical (A.R.T., NYTW, Broadway, First National Tour, All international productions), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time (Broadway, First National Tour), The Crucible (Broadway revival 2016), Rent (original Broadway production, National Tours), Opening Ceremonies XXII Winter Olympic Games (Sochi); Tender Napalm, Across the Universe.
WEI ZHOU (Associate Producer)
Wei is a pioneer in multi-cultural marketing. She works extensively on PR and Marketing for productions from China at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. Through strategic thinking and creative execution, she has brought success to performances such as the first Chinese theatrical show on Broadway, Soul of Shaolin, the National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra North America tour, Lang Lang International Music Foundation benefit concerts, and the 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Peking Opera touring in the U.S.
JEAN LAURIN (Lighting Designer)
Jean chose lighting as the medium with which to make his mark in the world of arts and entertainment. For over 15 years, he has participated in a great number of productions both here and abroad; these projects have included theatre and dance companies, music, circus, festivals and television.
His chosen path includes designing the lighting for the Cirque du Soleil, the 7 doigts de la main, the Circo de Bakuza, the Festivities for the 400th anniversary of the City of Longueil, as well as fashion shows for Browns, Montréal en Lumière, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Francofolies, to name a few.
Of late, he has explored new facets of his art by working in architectural lighting that allows him to both transform and instill new life in the venues he lights. One of his latest creations is the illumination of the Collège de Valleyfield.
Recently he designed the lighting of JOYÀ, a Cirque du Soleil production in Mexico, and the multimedia production, Northern Lights, presented on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.