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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
6 central coast • new south wales COASTING DANCE Joshua Horner By David Stewart GOSFORD TENNIS CENTRE Gosford Tennis Centre/ Tennis Academy "Vaughan Park" Racecourse Road, West Gosford 4325 2921 • OVER 17'S COACHING • Wednesday 7.30pm to 9pm • COMPETITIONS AVAILABLE • LADIES MONDAY NIGHT • 7pmto9pm • SATURDAY JUNIORS • 9am and 12pm start • 2 comps for Boys or Girls • SATURDAY FIVE OPEN GRADES • Very strong comp Div 1 • 1pm to 3.30pm • Singles & Doubles • Men & Women • FRIDAY JUNIORS • 5pm to 6.30pm c8753648-5Aug If you would like your Audio/Video equipment professionally installed call me on 0410 347 774 for a free no-obligation quote. firstname.lastname@example.org iPHONE SCREEN REPAIRS ONLY $99 Having problems connecting your audio and video equipment? Do you need your audio visual entertainment system designed, installed, repaired or just plugged together? We are experts in all the latest technology with over 10 years experience. Call us with any questions on what is available for your needs and budget or how to get more from your equipment. Specialising In Wall Mounting with Cable Concealment A8755943-5Aug WONDERLAND: The World of Colour has brought new life to some Disney classics at Paradise Pier, at Disney's California Adventure Park. Picture by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland. Wyong's Joshua Horner --- the former Australian Ballet Company dancer who became a star of musical theatre on Broadway --- has joined the creative team at Disney's California Adventure Park. Horner has choreographed the theme park's newly opened World of Colour show. It's an $80 million-plus production featuring 1200 water fountains, lights, music and projections of Disney characters on a spectacular waterfall of mist. But there's not a single human dancer in sight. Horner has, instead, choreographed the movement of the water. "When they were creating the World of Colour, the Disney executives wanted to see the show through a dancer's eyes," Horner told Coasting from his new home in Los Angeles. "And it was such a fun thing for me to do." Horner's working brief was to take the musical score for the show, and then design movements to suit the music and story. So when the music was high and joyful, Horner's movements reflected that. Likewise, when the music was low and quiet, Horner's movements were muted. "It was really a case of letting the music make me dance," he said. The creative team at Disney videotaped Horner's choreographed routine, then adapted it to the fountains. "So, when I moved my arm, say, in an 's' shape at a certain point in the music, you'll see the water fountains create that shape during the show." A new ladder Horner's work with Disney fulfils a childhood dream. As a boy he received a book about the work of the Walt Disney Imagineers --- the creative people behind the Disney stories, shows and rides. It sparked his imagination. "Since I was a little boy I've been talking about that book," he said. Even when he was starring in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot last year, Horner said the Disney dream wasn't far from his mind. "I was thinking that I needed to start planning my future career," he said. It was time to touch base with a Disney contact that he'd established in 1999 while performing with the Australian Ballet in New York. "So I called [Disney executive] Tom Fitzgerald and I said: 'I'm ready to discover my Disney career'. "He said 'OK. I need to introduce you to some people...'." Horner received a call from a Disney representative late on a Saturday afternoon, inviting him to choreograph a pas de deux on the theme of Snow White and Prince Charming, MY MATE: Joshua Horner and a longtime friend. Picture by DAMIANTIERNEY.com from Tierney's Photography
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