[News] Cosmic Opera Act 1 @ Hammerstein Ballroom Review

One of the most anticipated shows in the last few months to hit New York City was Cosmic Opera, a three part show at the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom. The first part, Act 1, took place this past week. The first night featured music by NO_ID, Deniz Koyu, and the maestro of the night, Axwell. The second night replaced Deniz Koyu with Thomas Gold, but unfortunately H4DJ was only able to attend the first night. When first entering the ballroom, the first thing noticed was the sheer size of the room. The amount of standing room on the main floor was huge, and the atmosphere set with blacklights, smoke, lasers, and a gigantic, glowing chandelier promised for an exciting night. NO_ID warmed up the crowd from the beginning, dropping some of their greatest tracks, most notably their remix of Henrik B Feat. Rudy’s Leave A Light On and their original track How R U Feeling Right Now.

In between sets, we were treated to some beautiful acrobatic dancers dressed as showgirls that were swinging from the ceiling. Deniz Koyu soon took the stage, and turned the party up. Lasers started being used more frequently, smoke filled the room, and all the party-goers really started moving as the ballroom filled up, with Koyu hinting at his huge track Tung! the moment he took the stage. Such huge tracks were dropped, like his remix of Kaskade’s Turn It Down, original track Hertz, and eventually Tung! itself. After a 90 minute set, it was almost time for Axwell to take the stage, and the show to begin.

Axwell - Cosmic Opera

Before Axwell took the stage, an opera singer on the third balcony began to sing in the spotlight. She made her way through the crowd, passing by the professional
dancers and actresses who celebrated her as she walked by. When she reached the main floor, she took to a platform that was carried through the crowd, never missing a note in her opera song. As she reached the stage, already filled with about dozen dancers moving to her song, she broke out into an opera acapella of Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl’s In My Mind. As expected, the crowd went nuts to this. Shortly after, the display on stage opened up, revealing the man himself, Axwell, in a DJ booth resembling a pipe organ with a mirror behind him so you could see him mixing and doing his work. Mixing in to the organ sounds of In My Mind, Axwell dropped the real track and the real party began.

Axwell played all the huge tracks and mash-ups we could hope for, ranging from Swedish House Mafia’s latest tracks Greyhound and Antidote, to his own favorite mash-ups of his track Nothing But Love to Arty’s Around The World, and Heart Is King with R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion (Acapella) and Ferry Corsten’s Punk. Also played were some favorite tracks that the Swedish House Mafia guys have been supporting, like Nari & Milani’s Atom, Qulinez’s Troll, and Michael Calfan’s Resurrection. Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso tracks were played as well throughout the night, like Calling and Yeah. Of

Cosmic OperaUnfortunately, we didn’t see much of a show or story-line to mimic a real opera. Besides the few amazing events we saw with the opera singer and acrobatic dancers, the rest was left to the music and lights. The gigantic chandelier was awesome, as it shape-shifted, changed colors, and even had lasers attached to itself. The only way the chandelier would have had a greater impact was if it hung directly over the center of the ballroom and dance floor, rather than so close to the balconies. The 3D imaging was noticed in the form of different designs scrolling along the balconies, but it didn’t make as much of an impact as we hoped. The screens behind the DJ booth had interesting designs as well, but the greatest element of the theater came from the actors and actresses themselves.
course, Save The World was played near the end as well, and it was then that we saw more of the magic from the show, as a beautiful acrobatic dancer took to the air, the ballroom filled with smoke, and fake snow fell from the ceiling.

Cosmic OperaCosmic Opera promised there would be about 50 different actors to take part in the show, and by that they meant to interactwith the audience itself. This was an amazing feature of the night. If you didn’t personally go up to the actors and actresses and try to talk with them, they would find you! The actors made you feel like part of the show, and the interactions with them were fun and exciting. Many were dressed classically, and you could find them anywhere in the venue, whether hanging out in the lounge areas, the dance floor, or the balconies. Even the actress from the teaser video made an appearance, as she walked silently through the crowds like she does in the video. The experience with the actors really contributed to the atmosphere of the event.Overall, Cosmic Opera was truly a new and wonderful experience. The music was great, and so was the awesome venue. The feel of the show was different from most normal shows, and the team at H4DJ can only imagine how Act 2 and Act 3 will be, since Act 1 was the very first ever, so things can only get better from there!


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