Indiggo

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Indiggo
LA LA LA single cover by INDIGGO.jpg
Indiggo on the single cover of "La La La"
Background information
Birth name
  • Gabriela Modorcea
  • Mihaela Modorcea
Also known as Indiggo Twins
Born (1985-06-07) June 7, 1985 (age 33)
Brașov, Romania
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • singers
  • actresses
  • writers
  • composers
  • dancers
  • choreographers
Years active 2000–present
Labels Imagem
Associated acts Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical
Website

Twin sisters Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea, professionally known as Indiggo[1] or Indiggo Twins,[2] are a Romanian-American singing-songwriting[1] duo signed with Imagem since 2011,[3][4] and are the creators of Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical.[5] Additionally, the twins are reality television personalities,[2] professional actresses,[1][6][7] writers,[1] composers,[1][3][8][4] dancers[1][9][5] and choreographers.[5]

They wrote, composed, choreographed, designed and perform their Off Broadway play Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical (2018), "a rare piece of visual and audio creativity."[5] Basing the show on their 500-page bestseller Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil, they "catapult vampire lore into a whole new (and unexpected) realm" by telling "the story of a vampire bitten by a human being."[5] The show features epic film projections from beginning till the end,[10] 21 of their "immortal" original compositions[5] and a symphonic soundtrack.[5]

A vocal sample of their single "La La La" has been featured on American rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z's studio album, Watch the Throne (2011),[2] while fellow releases "Hip Hop Jam" (2003) and "Be My Boyfriend" (2006) experienced commercial success in Germanic territories. Their signing with international music label Imagem consists of a worldwide, multi-year publishing/grand rights deal.[4]

In 2006, they competed to represent Romania at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 7th out of 12 songs in the National Final. In 2008, they qualified for the top-40 semi-finals on Season 3 of America's Got Talent.

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

The twins' father is Grid Modorcea.[11] He is a writer,[1] author, filmmaker[12][11] and critic.[13] He has a Doctor of Arts[1] from the National University of Theater and Cinematography in Bucharest.[11] He worked for 30 years as a film producer and screen writer at the National Cinematography and at the Romanian National Television, writing 96 books and making over 50 films.[14] He was awarded the magna cum laudae medal by the Union of Film Authors and Flimmakers for outstanding contribution to Romanian cinema art and culture in 2007.[11] In 2009, he wrote Twins Indiggo.[15]

Their mother is Violeta Modorcea.[11] She is a writer.[16][17] She is the author of Complementary theatrical visions: Chekhov and Gorky (her PhD Thesis) through which she imposed the concept of artistic complementarity.[18] She has written a book on Romanian literature[19][17] and a comedy.[20][17] She has translated Mongolian[21][22] and American[23] literature. She is a teacher of world literature with a PhD in philology,[1][11] who taught at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College in Bucharest.[11] In 2006, she was Indiggo's manager.[24] She wrote a book with parallel text in English and Romanian The contract or How we became vampires: Dracula's girls'/Indiggo twins' show.[16]

They have an older brother, Vlad, who is a game producer and whose name was given after Vlad the Impaler/Dracula.[1]

The Twins[edit]

The twin sisters were born in 1985[25][26][7] in Brașov, Transylvania, Romania.[1] Mihaela is five minutes older than Gabriela.[27] The twins began studying piano, canto and dance at the age of six.[1] They speak English, French, German and Romanian and can sing in seven different languages.[1]

Mihaela and Gabriela constantly performed on the most popular German and European TV shows and received major media support by “BILD,” the best selling newspaper in Europe.[1] Later, the sisters graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest,[28][6][7] and studied acting in Germany and New York.[28][6] In 2006, Mihaela released her first poetry book Rage and Love[1][29] and was acclaimed as one of the most original poets in her native country.[1]

They guest starred on The Tyra Banks show, “TMZ,” “The Happy Hour”/FOX Business and “Hair Battle Spectacular”/Oxygen.[1] They also performed in advertisements for Dell Computers, NY Knicks promos, Vodka Gorbatschow, in music videos alongside actors Danny Aiello, Lindsay Lohan, music icons 50 Cent and Kanye West.[1] The Modorceas became American citizens in October 2013 and performed The Star-Spangled Banner at the ceremony accompanying the taking of their oath.[8][30][31] They live in New York City.[1][7]

Career[edit]

Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical[edit]

Wicked Clone The Cinema Musical, Indiggo's Off Broadway show, opened March 8, 2018, at the Davenport Theatre with five performances a week.[32] City Guide’s Theatre Editor Griffin Miller describes the show as “a rare piece of visual and audio creativity” with "totally Transylvanian vogue" costumes, "supernatural ambience, unique staging and ... immortal" performances that "turns the tables on tradition by telling ‘the story of a vampire bitten by a human being,’” and says, "this wildly inventive show—involving singing, dancing, time-travel, film, and a symphonic soundtrack—beckons theatregoers to the underbelly of Nuevo Entertainment."[5]

The show is based on their 500-page bestseller Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil,[5] a cinema novel.[9] The original storyline begins in 15th century Transylvania, with the birth of identical twin sisters Mihaela and Gabriela, and tracks Mihaela, whose desire to be human and loved takes her to modern day New York City; and Gabriela, who ventures through time and space to return her sister to her vampiric heritage.[5]

Working on their project since 2010,[9] they wrote, composed, choreographed, designed and perform their show.[5] The 90 minute[5] show is a blend of musical theatre and film.[9] It features epic film sequences from beginning to end, with much of the film shot in their native Romania,[10] and features 21 songs from gypsy pop to theatrical hip hop,[5] including I Am Like God, which invites the audience onstage to sing along.[10]

They opened an earlier version October 29, 2017, at St. Luke's Theatre.[10] They showcased Wicked Clone in 2016.[33] In June 2012 Indiggo presented a first version of their musical play Wicked Clone at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City.[34]

Music[edit]

Discogs reported that they cut the CD album Indiggo (MediaPRO Music, 2000) which spanned several hit singles such as "Nu-mi pasa," "Clar de luna," "Am eu grija de mine,"[35][36] and also the CD Maxi "Hip Hop Jam" (BROS Music, 2006) and the CD single "Be My Boyfriend" (Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Ariola, 2006) produced by Germany's pop-titan Dieter Bohlen.[37][38]

In August 2011, international music publisher and label Imagem signed a worldwide, multi-year publishing/grand rights deal with the twins.[3][4][39]

What The New York Times described as a "moving sample" from Indiggo's "LA LA LA" can be heard on rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's 2011 studio album Watch the Throne on the song "Murder to Excellence."[2][40] Complex called Indiggo's vocals on "Murder to Excellence" the 18th best of out of 20 "white girl vocal samples in rap history."[41]

In 2011, the twins were also working on an album with American music manager David Sonenberg.[3][4]

According to Broadway world, the twin sisters have been writing and producing their soon to-be-released album, working with the likes of Peter Zizzo, Rockwilder, DJ Paul Oakenfold, and Swizz Beatz.[42]

In December 2011, Das Label, Inc USA released Indiggo's "LA LA LA."[43]

Eurovision qualifications[edit]

In 2006, the Indiggo twins competed to represent Romania at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.[44][45][46] Singing the song "Be My Boyfriend" written by German songwriter Dieter Bohlen (which the Romanian Minister of Culture allowed them to use as their submission, granting special dispensation as otherwise only Romanian-composed music was allowed), they qualified for the final round in the National Semi-Final on February 24, and finished 7th out of 12 finalists in the National Final on February 26, having received a poor response from the judges but a better response in the televote.[44][47][46][48][49][50][51][52] The twins' mother Violeta, who managed the duo, threatened to sue the Romanian TV station TVR which ran the contest for 100,000 Euro, asserting that her daughters' fans had been unable to enter votes in the televote due to faulty phone lines managed by Voxline Communications Company, but the TV station did not alter the standings.[44][24][47][53][54] Voxline reserved the right to sue the twins for damages.[24] The following year, the twins participated again with 5 compositions written for them by European songwriters Dieter Bohlen, Thomas G:son, Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.[55] The twins got qualified with "Lovestruck," making it into the 24 finalists from the original field of 259 in the national competition organized by Romanian Television (TVR) to select the country's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.[56][57] However, they were disqualified[58][59] from the contest due to not showing up for rehearsals.[60][61][62][63] They also did not provide the instrumental version of their song in a timely fashion.[60] The duo also missed the music video filming and TV show for the promotion of their song, saying that they had some concerts in the United States.[64][65][66]

America's Got Talent[edit]

In 2008, Indiggo qualified for the top-40 semi-finals on Season 3 of America's Got Talent, an American television reality show talent competition. The show began with an audition in New York City, which the twins passed, and they were then promoted to the next stage of Las Vegas callbacks.[67] Judge Piers Morgan called Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea "the worst dancers and the worst singers in the competition,"[68] but they were promoted in the competition to the semi-final Vegas round.[69]

Acting[edit]

Gabriela Modorcea acted in the movie National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006) as "Taj's Sister" and on the episode "Hothouse" of the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which first aired on NBC on January 13, 2009.[70] Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea acted together in the Russian/American film Lyubov v bolshom gorode as "Bliznyashka No. 1." and "Bliznyashka No. 2."[71][72][73][74]

In 2006, Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea played the lead parts Louise and Henriette in the musical "Cele doua orfeline" (English: "The Two Orphans").[75] After seeing Mihaela and Gabriela's performance, Romanian playwright D.R. Popescu, former president of the Romanian Writers Union, wrote a play for the twins entitled "Doua Surori," published in the award-winning volume "Domnul Fluture si doamna Fluture."[76] Subsequently, Romanian director Mihai Maniutiu cast Mihaela and Gabriela in "Viitorul e in oua" (English: "The Future is in Eggs") by Eugene Ionesco.[77]

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