Ornella Contu, executive director of Digital Music Inc., is contracted by Light Group to work with and coordinate the dancers for its Mirage and Aria venues. Basically, she is tasked with keeping the entertainment roster stocked with sexy, talented people. Nightlife surrounds Contu; she and husband Luca Pretolesi (a.k.a. DJ Digitalboy) owned a nightclub together in Italy 10 years ago. An alumna since then of Studio 54, Revolution, Jet and Bank before landing at Haze, Contu is the wizard behind the curtain, coordinating Ibiza’s Gore dance troupe (who vogue so prettily on the dance floor) as well as the aerialist on silks, a synchronized pole-work group, female balancing act and other high-energy dancers. She dictates those ever-changing costumes and ensures that the dancers hit their marks. Before doors open each night, Contu rehearses her acts, compares notes with the lighting operator and DJ, and uses a laser pointer to move staff seamlessly from place to place. Somebody has to keep the nightlife crazy train on track.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.