Oh Ovo Oh – Cirque du Soleil

The Marriage of Architecture and Dance

written by Robyn Wyman-dill


It’s Bastille week. When the flavors of France come out and dance in local bistros in celebration of Independence Day. Perhaps, it is the shared ideals of the French and American Revolutions and our common-colored flags – billowing in the wind with patriotic blue, white and red washes – that keep our French-American relationship evolving positively. And why the great portrait of Marquis Lafayette, a Frenchmen, has been hanging in the US House of Representatives chamber – since 1830. Over two centuries, the American-French cultural, historical and economic exchange has continued to get better.

Yes, indeed. The US has seen an immigration of the highest standard in terms of artistic enrichments from our French-speaking friends. Like Louisiana cuisine, Dijon mustard, French-trained chefs, exquisite French wines and Trader Joe’s pop-up sponges. While the lavendar fields of Provence cross the pond in soaps and fragances, the Tournées Festival brings contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses every year so that more than 500,000 students can fall in love with French films. Oh la, la.

Lucky for Southern Californians, their weather seems to suit French creativity.

When Cirque de Soleil first came to LA, the company had just enough money to cover a one-way ticket for their performers. But, when Angelenos went to see them, they went wild. Their 1987 Los Angeles Arts Festival performance attracted the kind of critical attention that sent Hollywood a knocking. The French-Canadian powerhouse for theatre arts has been raising the bar on entertainment ever since. And then there’s dance.

If the gravitational waves could hear the sound of amazement rising in skies, it would be coming from audiences watching the dance company, Diavolo, founded by French Choreographer and Visionary, Jacques Heim. This company has been dazzling audiences around the world and re-envisioning modern dance in southern California for a quarter of a century. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot to Trot Week

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Another hotter than ever week trickles in, bringing humidity to southern California.  Much to everyone’s discomfort and surprise. Yet, according to the Christian Science Monitor, heat waves coupled with high humidity have been on the rise(in terms of frequency and intensity) for more than 20 years here. It’s just taken this long for everyone to notice.

Let’s talk about the weather. Heat waves come in varieties. Southern California has two.  A daytime heat that tends to be dry and a nighttime heat that holds onto the high humidity throughout the day.  It’s the nighttime heat that gets you every time.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem to affect the festive spirits here.  Because, during all this oppressive heat, there are happy feet dancing ‘moderne’ at the Laguna Dance Festival, models strutting their stuff on the catwalk at Style Week OC and the finest horses jumping fences to win the ASPCA Regionals at Blenheim Equisports Park. I coined it, ‘a hot to trot week’ for obvious reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

And in the End, The Love You Make…

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

As the hour glass empties on 2012, I would like to wax sentimental on its last remaining moments.  You may recall January 2012, marked the launch of our blog – with the goal of finding tangible examples of where we feel beauty in our five physical senses. Starting deep in the heart of enchantment, we chose Cirque du Soleil – as our canvas.  Since then, we have been marbling it with a variety of vibrant textures. So, it seems so very apropos to end this 2012 show with our impressions of Worlds Away – Cirque du Soleil’s recently released 3D movie. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Sweet Music – San Juan Capistrano

Blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill


For those of us who have long admired San Juan Capistrano’s rich heritage,  we think the sudden fuss over us – in the travel industry – may be a tad overdue.  Offering an impressive calendar of cultural and community events with world-class historic landmarks and an authentic cowboy culture, SJC is very, very good at making sweet music too.  As a consequence, the benefits of being the homestead for sweet music makers are huge. Read the rest of this entry »

The Oscar Myer Picks

Photo and blog by ROBYN WYMAN-DILL



Do the hands of the clock spin much faster these days?

Here we are in March.  Academy Awards season is at an end. The red carpets of tinseltown – rolled out at the pre-oscar, oscar and post-oscar festivities two weeks earlier – are now neatly rolled up again. Strike crews are removing party pieces to re-set the stage for Cirque du Soleil. (The Kodak Theater has been home to Cirque’s production of IRIS, since October 2011. Their arrangements are to occupy the space for ten years with the exception of Oscar season when IRIS takes a two week intermission so that the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences can host their show.  For more on IRIS, take a look at our blog – http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2012/01/17/oh-ovo-oh-cirque-du-soleil/). Read the rest of this entry »

America’s Most Beautiful Beaches


by Robyn Wyman-Dill


It is my only Mother’s eightieth birthday.  As a landmark event in anyone’s life, it befits a landmark celebration.  In the spirit of turning octogenarian, I ponder how.

Not a gift card or personalized mug, I think. This has earned the likes of a full-throttle jamboree.

We set our clocks to vacation time and head straight for the beach.  A stroll in Palisades Park is accompanied by a technicolor sunset.  (See my earlier blog  http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2012/01/22/a-walk-in-the-park/ ).  Followed by a crescent moon. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh OVO Oh – Cirque du Soleil

The Cirque has Come to Town

Photo and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

January 2012

Congratulations!  You made it through the pearly gates of yesteryear into January 2012.   This marks the start of a new episode in everyone’s life story and the beginning of my…blah blah…blog.  Seeing that the core of my soul has a passion for the creative, I’m going to start deep in the heart of enchantment.

This happens to be ‘my own back yard’.  A playground for big tops and tiny dancers.  That’s right, folks.  Le Cirques have come to town. Read the rest of this entry »