Artistic Director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus formed Ballets with a Twist in association with composer Stephen Gaboury and costume designer Catherine Zehr. The company has performed its acclaimed signature production, Cocktail Hour: The Show, in a wide range of venues, from Lincoln Center and Playhouse Square to SoHo House and Manhattan nightclub Stage 48.
Cocktail Hour: The Show features original music by Grammy-nominated composer Stephen Gaboury. Also a producer and performer, Gaboury toured internationally with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade, and collaborated on selections in her hit Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. His compositions have been heard in film, on television, and in concert, and he has performed with many A-listers, including Patti Labelle, Suzanne Vega, and Ute Lemper. The B-Twist Orchestra, Ballets with a Twist’s ensemble of celebrated New York musicians, appears with the company under Gaboury’s leadership.
Catherine Zehr is the artistic force behind the company’s costume design. Her creations evoke the origins and essence of each dance with dazzling colors and ornamentation. Zehr honed her skills while working at major American fashion houses, then by designing and manufacturing attire for her own label. She studied art and design at Washington University and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company delivered the presentation "Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist" as part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture series.
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