Be Our Guest at the Next Dinner Party

February 22nd, 2012

Next Monday, Feb 27th at 7pm Hungry audiences will savor dinner tastings of “salmon in its natural environment” from TRU Restaurant chef, Anthony Martin (featured left), while meeting the handsome artistic director of Chicago Latin-American dance studio Luna Negra Dance Theater, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Second City Director Billy Bungeroth, and JC Brooks of the Uptown Sound (reprised in our last blog post). The Dinner Party returns to its monthly slot at The Mayne Stage streaming live at 7:30pm to your computer on Tweet in using @FearNoArtChgo to ask questions of the artists and to be entered to win outstanding prizes, like dinner for 2 at TRU – – WITH wine pairings!

Don’t let his slick suited look fool you (featured right), Gustavo Ramirez Sansano is driven by emotion, great beauty, and love. Set to music by Franz Shubert, Sansano’s ballet “The Portrait of Oscar Wilde,” featured in the clip below, is a sensational drama based on the life of Oscar Wilde during his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, son of Marquess of Queensberry, while married with two children to Constance Llyod. Many of the exquisite dance movements in this piece (embedded below from Vimeo) resemble the astounding work by deceased German choreographer Pina Bausch commemorated in exquisite Wim Wenders 3D documentary, Pina, playing at AMC River East 21.

Retrato de Oscar Wilde from proyecto titoyaya on Vimeo.

Wilde sued Queensberry for libel for calling him a sodomite and lost. Sansano portrays the Irish-born author and playwright tempted by his lover Lord Douglas, 16 years his junior, as well as the tumultuous relationship with his wife who changed her name and moved to Switzerland with the children after Wilde was banished. Sansano’s brilliant adaptation of the life of a gay icon into a ballet remains relevant for today’s gay audiences.

Because YouTube and Vimeo give such brilliant visual life to much of Chicago’s arts scene as seen in the Fear No Art webseries, we’ve included video clips for each of our other spectacular artists gleaned from the web.

“3 ½ Stars – groundbreaking, richly textured and deliciously dark…you go to Second City to laugh, and assuming you’ve got a darker side, laugh you will. – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“…this latest revue gets very close to Heaven.
-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“certainly good for some laughing-till-you cry”
-Kelly Reaves, Gapers Block

Anthony Martin was Chicago Tribune’s four-star rated Chef of The Year in 2010 in his first year as executive chef/partner at “Progressive French Restaurant” Tru, co-owned by pastry chef Gale Gand. Schooled at La Varenne in Paris, she was recognized in 2001 as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit magazine and in 1994 as one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs.

Can you figure out the fizzy amuse bouche designed by Chef Anthony Martin in this video?

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