SOCIAL CITY NETWORKING interviews: Laura Scarborough, QUIXOTIC // SOCIAL in the CITY – WANDERLUST FESTIVAL, WHISTLER//

Social City Networking has had the privilege to connect and collaborate with some pretty inspiring and amazing organizations and individuals. With our focus being COMMUNITY, we provide opportunity to expand your personal and professional networks by providing continuous up to date information about interesting events, causes, organizations and businesses in YOUR CITY. It has been our great pleasure to attend and experience Wanderlust Festival in Whistler BC., where Quixotic participated and shared their stunning aerial acrobatics, dance, and music!

Quixotic, conceived by founder Anthony Magliano is an ensemble of artists from various disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, fashion, film, music and visual f-x. This inventive group of artists goes beyond the limits of any specific art form, challenging traditional perceptions and creating a total sensory experience unlike any other for its audience while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound and multimedia.

Quixotic has a core team of contributors whose members work together to maintain and provide support from creation to execution of Quixotic’s performances. Individuals are invited to join the core team based on their time and efforts contributed to Quixotic as a whole, as well as their sustained efforts in improving the overall quality of Quixotic. The core team is essential to the day-to-day vision and creation led by Founder / Artistic Director Anthony Magliano and Associate Artistic Director Mica Thomas.

Samantha Sunshyne at CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s. Photo by Hillary Larson

Quixotic‘s core musical composition team is led by Executive Producer Noel Selders and Anthony Magliano accompanied by Shane Borth, Laura Scarborough and Rick Willoughby. (source: www.quixoticfusion.com)

We had the privilege to connect with Quixotic‘s Laura Scarborough, (Composer, Musician of Quixotic) to find out more about what inspires her, the intentions behind Quixotic, and what community and being SOCIAL in our CITY means to them:

SC: Describe what community means to you in one word:

Laura: Sharing.

SC: What about Wanderlust attracted you to participate, and how do you feel it benefits the community?

Laura: Wanderlust attendees are interested in body awareness, health, and positive forward movement. It’s a model for a new type of festival / gathering that’s built around community and awareness. It’s honor to perform and share in an environment where audiences understand the training and discipline it takes for us to be what we are.

SC: What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from this communal event, as well as your experience involved in it?

Laura: We are learning that across the country (and the world) there exists a conscience community that is driven to connect, grow, share, and receive. Witnessing the art and passions of others has brought us home with new inspiration to create from.

SC: Why is community important to you (personally)?

Laura:  Community inspires and feeds you. It’s that simple. We are all here to serve and inspire one another.

Laura Scarborough at CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s. Photo by Hillary Larson

SC: What is a personal experience you have had where social networking has benefited you?

Laura: I personally was brought into Quixotic 6 years through Myspace – one of the early social online networks for musicians. Working with a performance group like Quixotic was and still is my dream. Much talent has been brought into Quixotic through the social networking that artistic director Anthony Magliano has developed. The network brings you in, but the personal experience and chemistry will keep you.

SC: What is some advice that you would like to share to aspiring community leaders out there?

Laura: Keep reaching out, share positivity, and stay “turned on.”

SC: What is your socially conscious contribution to your community?

Laura: Quixotic does a lot of reaching out to community through free / discounted youth teaching programs. We built apparatuses from recycled and revamped materials. We have done many free shows in the community demonstrating a level of performance art that many folks would never get the opportunity to see or experience. Most importantly, we strive to show that with discipline, hard work, and creativity, anything is possible. Quixotic aims to inspire and open eyes and minds.

Angie Sansone and Matt Bennett at CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s. Photo by Phil Koenig

To find out more about what Quixotic is up to, check out their website  as well as their facebook page – it’s loaded with amazing visuals of their performances.We hope they’ll come to Vancouver soon, and grace us all with their beautiful talents.

Writer: Sara Rose McKenna
t: @smckennaSC

Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2012

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