Mr Boyd teamed up with FSHD Global for their 8th Annual Chocolate Ball to raise money for the charity who fights Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a highly complex, progressive muscle wasting disease affecting the lives of men, women and children from all walks of life.
The theme for the evening was Moulin Rouge! for which Michael Boyd created six routines with a cast of Sydney’s best 10 dancers. Each performance was paired with innovative styling to entertain the guests of the Ball.
Opening the night was “Lady Marmalade” with a Mr Boyd twist. The boys appeared from within their audience to greet the female performers on stage before being shown up by some intricate and sharp choreography. Immediately following this number, guests were treated to a high speed can-can complete with break dance, fouetté turns, tricks and high kicks.
The second act opened in spotlight on a single dancer, joined by a cameo from Mr Boyd himself along with additional couples for intimate partner work. A solo en pointe followed to whimsical “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, by a dramatic tango to “Roxanne”.
To close, dancers quick-changed for the “Diamonds” finale, adorned in jewels, sequins, feathers and fans. All dancers had stunning make-up thanks to Jill Vuibureta, lifting the show even further to a theatrical level.
This was a special job where Mr Boyd was fortunate to collaborate with Stephen Tannos and Sarah Stollery who each choreographed performances for the evening. To work with young, visionary, Sydney-based choreographers and performers made Michael’s work all the more impactful and enjoyable.
When direction and fashion combine, Michael Boyd is in his ultimate element. While running Mr Boyd, Michael and Sam Gray have been working tirelessly behind the scenes on their own mens swim and resort wear collection: Grayson Boyd.
Before launching the Australian label, Grayson Boyd was scouted and invited by Art Hearts Fashion to show at Miami Swim Week 2017, where they have just launched to the world with rave reviews.
Michael’s creative direction talents played into Grayson Boyd’s hand, elevating their runway experience, where he had control over styling, movement, music and visual media. A huge thank you to Art Hearts Fashion for their professionalism and support as part of this journey.
Grayson Boyd has already gained serious momentum, with the launch being shown on FashionTV;
Other featured articles are by Fashionably Male, calling Grayson Boyd “an Australian inspired, colour-charged, summer time loving swim and resort wear brand”, and Daily Mail, who claimed “Grayson Boyd was flying the flag for Australians on the Swim Week runway – and they did not disappoint.”
A flash back Friday to Mr Boyd collaborating with Eventing Edge for Heinemann Duty Free, bringing the official opening of the worlds largest airport duty free shop at Sydney Airport to life, with a runway full of special moments highlighting the products available.
Michael Boyd let his creative direction expertise guide an array of professional models down the catwalk and into the eager eyesight of his audience. Rather than having the models just walk, Michael created paused moments influenced by the products available in the duty free area.
All clothing and accessory labels were tastefully styled by Michael Azzollini, and enhance by moments of a spritz of perfume, a touch up of lipstick, a bouquet of flowers given, and more.
Followed by an echoing round of applause, finale of all models, flitter, and the ribbon cutting, it was a sophisticated and creative opening to remember.
To complete the event Mr Boyd also choreographed for the after party held at Circular Quay’s Passenger Terminal. Bree Rakowski stunned in a bejewelled catsuit for her contortion act, Talia Fowler merged pointe with contemporary burlesque complete with a feathered headdress, and four flapper dancers got the party started in colourful fringe dresses.
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Michael Boyd is Creative Director at Mr Boyd. A selection of his work as a director and choreographer is available at mrboyd.global
After a teaching hiatus Michael Boyd is back in the studio teaching three open classes at Sydney’s Brent Street.
Last week’s class was awesome! Mr Boyd is back in the studio (Brent Street) tonight at 8.00pm ($20).
Michael Boyd encourages all professional dancers and dance students alike to come along and develop their own artistry within his choreography. Mr Boyd says:
“Dance isn’t always about nailing each lot of 8. It’s also about your performance quality, finding a way to make foreign movements sit perfectly on you and expressing any discomfort through your own interpretation.
Here’s a short clip from last week’s class:
Tonight’s class will have some optional variables with continued solo work, partner work and mirrored choreography. He has also incorporated space for break dance or trick moves.
Looking forward to seeing you there tonight!
Michael Boyd is Creative Director at Mr Boyd. A selection of his work as a director and choreographer in Sydney, Australia is available at mrboyd.global