From Heaven to Earth: a posthumous concert of the work of Diane Megumi McNeal Hunt
August 5th at 6:00 pm. We are thrilled to present “From Heaven to Earth” a memorial concert of the work of Diane Megumi McNeal Hunt. In an innovative celebration of Diane’s life, directed by Anandha Ray, Arizona dancers who love Diane are recreating six of her dances in this community outpouring of love. In a unique offering, we are presenting the posthumous world premiere of a dance Diane had been creating for Renee Davis and her daughter Sakeena Cavanar, finished under the direction of Ray and we’ll show a video of Diane and Mark performing “The Blue Box”.
After the concert, videos of MarDi, the duet company of Diane and her husband Mark Vanek, will be shown in the lobby as those gathered enjoy a reception catered by Mark, and have the opportunity to share memories and stories of Diane.
ASU is generously donating the use of the Margaret Gisolo Studio Theater, the concert will start at 6:00 with goodies provided by Mark at a reception following.
To attend, RSVP “going” on this Facebook event. This becomes your reservation and will be printed as the guest list. If you know of someone not on FB who wishes to attend, have them text Mark Vanek at (480) 276-4341.
Dancers recreating Diane’s dances include Sakeena Cavanar, Renée Davis and Anandha Ray; Katie Hughs, Nicole Olsen and Amber Robins; Lisa R. Chow and D. Daniel Hollingshead. And solos by Candy Jimenez, Margie Romero Wolf, and Nicole Olson.
Rob Kaplan, William Eaton and Charles Lewis will present musical offerings and Billbob Brown will curate a memorial photo offering of Diane’s dance life.
Her husband Mark Vanek will MC, with closing remarks by Mimi Delanie.
“Thank you to all the people who supported us through this journey. Through all the love and support you’ve shown for Diane and me, I feel so loved by you all. I know it was all due to Diane that I have become the man I am. DIANE was extraordinary. She was exquisite, she was loving, she was exotic, passionate, and an artist that had as much passionate dedication as any one person could give. And now it resonates through us all. The pieces that you will experience this evening are as diverse in nature as Diane’s heart and emotions. Thank you for joining us to share these sacred moments. I use the word sacred because dancing was a place where she could bare her soul no matter her situation, like one of the pieces she named “Through It All, We Dance.”
I hope you can join us as we celebrate a life of magnificent beauty.
To attend please RSVP “going” as we will print the event RSVPs as our guest list.
Coming Aug 5th at 6pm
At ASU…. WHERE TO PARK: Margaret Gisolo Theater is in Bulldog Hall (formerly PEBE). It’s on Orange St. Parking is best in the Rural Road Structure which is accessible from Lemon Street or, if you’re heading south on Rural Rd, you can enter from Rural Rd. It is metered parking so you have to get a ticket when you enter and pay when you leave.