11 Nov 2015

A pick of our favourites from this years Victoria's Secret Fashion Show...

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, arguably the biggest fashion event of the year, took place last night in New York and it. was. FABulous. Well, the pictures looked fabulous. We, of course, had invites but, sadly, had to decline as we're currently glamming it up with the people of Belfast on Custom House Square.

We did, however, find time between shows to admire the beautiful clothes and amazing acts - so here's a pick of what we loved at this years Victoria's Secret Show.

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This year marked the 20th anniversary of the fashion extravaganza and they certainly celebrated in style...ba dum tss...the show involved 47 beautiful catwalk models, saw the début of 10 new Angels and even included some famous faces such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner - who both looked amazing!
Gigi Hadid 
Kendall Jenner
You wont be surprised to hear that the beautiful models were wearing some beautiful lingerie...
Candice Swanepeol
Martha Hunt
Barbara Fialho
We can definitely see Jaqueline wearing this in next years production...

Barbara Fialho
Maria Borges
Behati Prinsloo
The next bra worn by the BEAuutiful Lily Aldridge is worth a huuuuuuuuuuge amount of money. It is dubbed Fantasy Bra which is a unique jewel encrusted lingerie displayed at at each years event. This years was worth a staggering $2 million and, like something out of the one of the Lady Boys of Bangkok wildest diamanté dreams, it features 6500 precious gems including diamonds.

Lily Aldridge wearing the Fantasy Bra

Not only were jaw dropping fashion on show, there was also performances by the amazing Selena Gomez (who could have been mistaken for one of the models in her breathtaking black dress), Britain's own Ellie Goulding and current chart topper The Weeknd.

We LOVE reading about this annual event and you can be sure to see some VSFS inspired outfits in next years productions!

We're kind of sad we didn't go now...always next year ;) xoxo

19 Jun 2015

Carol Gandey in Hong Kong...

Carol Gandey, director of Gandey World Class Productions, recently accepted an invite to a week long special trade mission to promote UK businesses in Hong Kong, China. As one of the only production  companies on the roster, Carol hopes to capitalise on the emerging and prospering cultural market in Hong Kong by showcasing Gandeys unique productions and world famous creative direction. She arrived last Saturday, taking her business acumen and keen creative insight with her along with the marketing materials for several of our more famous productions including Cirque Surreal, Spirit of the Horse, Chinese State Circus, Ice Shows, Gandeys Thrill Circus and our unique Cabaret Shows.
Hong Kong Skyline as seen from Kowloon Bay

A selection of some of the more famous Gandey Productions

An interesting cultural initiative which has been set up by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong, which Carol has learned of during her visit, aims to highlight the cultural heritage of Hong Kong's famous neon signs. The interactive on-line exhibition is dubbed NEONSIGNS.HK and is presented by M+, Hong Kong's museum for visual culture. The main aim of the project is to celebrate these iconic pieces of the Hong Kong city landscape by exploring, mapping and documenting the neon signs through the on-line medium accessible to all.

Neon signs in Hong Kong.

Last month it was announced that the project had teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute, an amazing on-line initiative started by Google to bring together millions of the worlds most precious artifacts together in one huge on-line depository, a virtual museum. This museum would now play host to two insightful digital exhibits consisting of over 12 street views, 150 new and rare photos, videos, documentaries and M+ sign collection itself. These truly interesting exhibits are called Electric City - The Neons of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Neon Signs - Then and Now, you can click the respective links to view them.
One of the pictures from the Then & Now exhibit showcasing the striking differences of the past and present Argyle Street in the Kowloon Cultural District.

The the preservation of these signs in the digital world is of particular importance as in recent years development pressures, government regulations and changes in attitude has transformed many areas of Hong Kong in neon free zones, as can be seen in the above image.These neon signs, therefore, represent a dying culture in Hong Kong as LCD signage begins to populate the once neon bathed streets. However, through the efforts of M+, The West Kowloon Cultural District Initiative and now the Google Cultural Institute these culturally iconic signs will be preserved.

An update of Carols time in Hong Kong will be given in next weeks blog.

The Gandey Blogger

29 May 2015

Tower to Tower: Not your average charity fun run...

#TowerToTower is a charity challenge with a difference, it sees its team of 24 participants attempt the 450 nautical miles open water challenge from the Tower Bridge in London the Eiffel Tower in Paris all in aid of the amazing Donna Louise Children's Hospice. The Donna Louise Children's Hospice are a Staffordshire based charity which provides care for children with life limiting illnesses and support for their families. It is also a charity close to the heart of the Gandey Organisation as it is supported every year by Circus Starr's performances in Stoke-On-Trent.

Celebrity led Tower to Tower team 2015.

The celebrity led team (as seen above) includes Hugh Dennis (of Mock the Week fame), former television presenter Nick Hancock and former Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who, along with their 21 team mates, will attempt what is dubbed the 'Everest of open-water rowing'. In fact, less than 100 people have successfully battled against the forces of the sea to complete the challenge, which is a lot less than have stood at the summit of Everest. 

Tower to Tower Route 2015

The arduous journey started at Tower Bridge this Monday 25th at 8am and, depending on the weather and tides, finishes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower next Monday 1st June. The team will be rowing against the elements of the Thames, Seine and the dangerous expanse of the Channel all whilst suffering from sleep deprivation, potentially rough seas, aching muscles, sea sickness and living in cramped quarters.  

At the time of writing this blog the team has just gone past Duclair, well on the way to their Monday arrival time and had surpassed their charity target by £24,000 meaning a total of £224,516.13 had been raised for the Donna Louise. Undoubtedly this sum will increase come Monday for this undeniably worthy cause and we wish the rowers the best of luck with the rest of the journey.

8 May 2015

Cirque Surreal: Voyagers Theatre Début....

In April of this year Cirque Surreal: Voyagers was staged at The Lowry, Salford for 5 days of performance over the Easter holiday period. This one off rendition of Cirque Surreal, the first in 8 years, was particularly significant as it was the first time it was presented on stage to theatre audiences. World class artists from across continents were brought together under the guiding eye of creative director Phillip Gandey, who set about adapting this narrative driven circus for stage. Cirque Surreal was met with critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike showing the contemporary nature and versatility of this truly unique take on circus art. Reviews can be read here - Manchester Evening News, Salford Online, The Public Reviews. This picture blog is designed to give you an impression of the show in both rehearsal and final stages.

Above is Creative Director Phillip Gandey and the show technicians arranging the lighting in the Lyric Theatre stage at The Lowry.

Creative Director Phillip Gandey watching Las Chicas Morales with their Rolling Globes act, behind you can see the Aerial Crystal Ball which housed the benevolent spirit and in the foreground is are the chess pieces used in the battle for the rose.

In this picture you can see Creative Director Phillip Gandey talking to choreographer Daniel Todd, next them are the brilliant hand to hand performers Duo Vladimir and in the background Trio Serik on the Double Pole.

Trio Serik on the Double Poles can be seen in the above image, setting the scene of the immigration gate which are clown 'Barto' tries to enter.

The incredible talented and undeniably funny Barto the Clown, he played the role of the nomad trying to find a home.

The amazingly talented Victoria Antipova with the Aerial Rope act.

Victoria Antipova.

Chico Rico was the other clown in the show, his routine concentrates on audience participation and potatoes.

Chico Rico.

Mohammed Alidulo performing the Zulu dance.

Duo Pikhov on the self-standing wire, the first time this act was seen anywhere in the world.

Las Chicas Morales on the rolling globes and Romy in the Aerial Crystal Ball.

Romy in the Aerial Crystal Ball.

Said Mejlaoui Debbach as the moon man.

Trio Serik on the ropes.

Alejandro Hernandez from Argentina performing Bolas dancer.

Anna Ratsova performing the swinging trapeze.

The cast taking a selfie as part of Chico Rico's act.

Chico Rico with the crowd in the Lyrics Theatre at The Lowry Centre.

Riakli Kajaia from Georgia performing the traditional Georgian Dance.

Duo Vladimir performing the hand to hand act as the finale.

The talented Russian pair went on from the show to perform on Americas Got Talent with this amazing stunt.

Said Mejlaoui Debbach handing Barto his circus passport.

The finale where Barto is being embraced by his circus family.

The Gandey Blogger