Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Come Together! |Cincinnati Event Planner|

Argentenian tango dancers accompanied by the world's best bandoneon player (he recorded with Shakira this year). A troupe of drummers circling an aerial acrobat. A rock show accompanied by a string quartet. Phenomenal hand balancing gymnasts. As I walked through the incredible video, the stunning lights, and the pumping rhythm, I felt privileged to be part of such an impressive show, let alone being part of producing it.

In September, we had an incredible chance to do a spectacular event for 800 people at Procter & Gamble: the North America Brand Building Awards. The celebration brought together 4 business functions and recognized the extraordinary work they accomplished together. Nine awards were given that night, and fabulous entertainment was intermixed throughout the evening.

The concept for the performances: a suite of acts revolving around the Beatles' "Come Together" (also the theme we chose for the event). They seemed incongruous when performed separately, but when combined, they became something entirely greater than the sum of those parts. It was a visual metaphor for what teamwork looks like in action, and it was inspiring! It was a gift to work with these talented artists. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!

Opening act to begin the show

Areialists and guitarists
The photo below is probably my favorite image. Such beauty and grace captured!
Amazing hand balancing gymnasts. I couldn't believe their strength.
My favorite act: the tango dancers. You could truly feel their passion.
The finale brought all acts performing together. The energy was amazing!
The entire event was inspiring! I loved seeing a company "come together" to recognize and celebrate teamwork... and having the opportunity to creatively express their message "strong individually, stronger together" was an honor!

Thanks for staging such a great event for P&G marketers on September 22. I was really impressed with the event – as usual, you think of all the details but bring it to life in a way that entertains and delights. I had a great time and wanted to make sure you knew how much we enjoyed it. Chris K. P&G

Original music & Creative: Steve Manuel
Musicians: Robbie Reider, Dave Eberhardt, Steve Manuel, Carl Larson string quartet
A/V Production & Lighting: Prestige, Steve Brock
Video: Ben Nicholson, Bill Poff, Patrick Buescher
Venue: Duke Energy Center


amo said...

This is extraordinary! Great job Viva Bella!

Lauren said...

I love the energy these events add to your portfolio. Looks like a real show stopper.

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