Posts Tagged ‘poster design’

An Explosion of World Dance Online Edition [Lethbridge Dance Show Poster Design]

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Lethbridge dance show poster design

COVID is not getting in the way of Ammena Dance Company‘s annual show! Thanks to Zoom dance classes and the Yates Theatre pivoting to do live streams of shows, the dancers have been hard at work in their homes preparing the dances. As long as we’re allowed to get together for performances by March, the show will be live streamed to ticket holders. This means you don’t have to live in Lethbridge to see the show this year!

This year’s theme is a haunting, centring around the ghosts rumoured to reside at the theatre. I had two ideas for posters around our spooky show. The first was inspired by vampires and Rocky Horror Picture Show (“The Time Warp” appears in one of our dances). For the second, I wanted to take the ghost theme literally and create multiple exposures where our choreographer, Lise-Anne, was the ghost. Because I couldn’t decide, I just did both! (The second design can be seen after the “read more” page cut.)

In the 2021 show we have the return of a few favourites that were missing from last year, such as Bollywood, and new additions like lyrical!

Tickets for households can be purchased through the City of Lethbridge’s tickets website up until the show.

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An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2020 Lethbridge show!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Ammena Dance Company vintage 50s themed dance show poster

This year was both fun and challenging coming up with a vintage 50s inspired feel for the poster for An Explosion of World Dance and Music, the annual dance show put on by Ammena Dance Company. Our original location we had planned to use fell through in a big way. Luckily one of the dancers in the show had a bit of a time capsule bar in their basement!

The retro vibe was inspired by a few specific pieces in the show, and you’ll see the costume pictured in the Grease number! The rest of the show has many of the usual dance styles people have come to expect from the studio, such as Latin, dancehall, bellydance, jazz, African, and many more. Come check it out!

An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2016 Lethbridge show!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Ammena Dance Company Explosion of World Dance and Music poster

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2016 is coming soon! Tickets will be on sale on February 2nd at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge and this year we are doing two shows again: Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th!

This is a very theatrical year for the show as we feature a reoccurring character throughout the pieces, have a few numbers bigger than ever, and open the show with a fun circus themed piece. This year’s show really centred around the circus so we did the poster photos earlier this year to make use of the Whoop Up Days fair in August. Ammena Talhami was quite the spectacle at the fair grounds in her costume, though I’m shocked we had no photo bombers ;)

This year’s show will feature Can Can, Bollywood, bellydance, African, Dancehall, funk, jazz, and more, including the special circus themed piece so please come check it out! The show will also be starting a little earlier this year as we do our first preshow, continuing the circus theme.

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup and Hair: Jennifer Murray
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka

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An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2015 Lethbridge show!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2015 is coming soon! Tickets will be on sale on February 3rd at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge and this year we are doing two shows again: Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th!

We have a lot of black and red costumes in the show this year, including our awesome broadway tango finale piece, so it was important to get those colors into the poster. Plus, after saying we wouldn’t have a lot of props to dance with this year, Ammena Talhami brought in all kinds of goodies for us! Candles will be a big part of the show, so we covered the floor with them (which were much easier to clean up than rose petals!).

Because the setup wasn’t as complicated as last year, we got to sneak in a few extra non-poster photos as well :)

This year’s show will feature bellydance, Bollywood, dancehall, burlesque, tango, broadway, and more, so please come check it out!

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup and Hair: Ammena Talhami
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka

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An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2014 Lethbridge show!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2014 is just about here! Tickets will be on sale on February 4th at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge and this year we are finally doing TWO shows: Friday February 28th and Saturday March 1st!

There are a lot of props being used in the dance pieces this year so it was important to incorporate some of them into the poster. The petals and the fan veils were the most colorful props, so of course they seemed like the most natural fit! Ammena had to hold much less still this year since she had the floor helping her with her poses, so I think she had a much nicer modeling experience (as opposed to last year where I made her hold still for up to 5 minutes at a time!).

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup and Hair: Ammena Talhami
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka, rose concept Ammena

Oh, and by the way, we did two posters this year! The second is behind the cut: (more…)

An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2013 Lethbridge show!

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2013 will be taking place on Saturday March 2nd at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge.

Tickets will be on sale on February 5th and seeing as how they sold out within a week last year, make sure you pick yours up early! But don’t go until I get the tickets I need to pick up ;)

With Bollywood and Bhangra being back in a big way this year, our goal was to combine that with more of a burlesque style (another big feature of the show). However, when it came down to poster design, I wasn’t feeling that the Bhangra photos were blending in and just focused on the cute feather showgirl costume that was chosen!

Ammena did her own hair and makeup for the Bhangra photoshoot, and the super talented Jenn joined us the next evening to totally capture the classic showgirl look.

This year’s show is just as diverse as the others, featuring Afro-Cuban, Bollywood, Bhangra, dancehall, jazz, tap, and as usual, bellydance. Sadly I’m not doing a solo this year as I needed to focus on my own wedding planning, but I still found the time to be in four group pieces!

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup Artist and Hair: Jennifer Murray
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka

And hey, what’s that blue stuff?? (more…)