Non-Cuban but exciting news:
Toronto, Ontario – Over the last 11 years, Soulful Messiah has emerged as a bona fide home-grown Toronto tradition, captivating audiences young and old, from all backgrounds and cultures. This year marks the first Ontario Tour of this much-loved holiday production, with performances scheduled in Markham, Mississauga, North Bay & St. Catherines.
More than a decade ago, Ballet Creole’s Artistic Director Patrick Parson set-out to establish a new holiday dance tradition, one that could resonate with Toronto’s diverse and multicultural audiences: “I wanted to do something that could parallel the appeal of The Nutcracker. Something that all cultures could find aspirations of joy and hope.”
Soulful Messiah is a high-energy, “creolized” celebration of life, dance and music, infusing tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance. Soulfully performed to Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s Messiah, and enriched by the uplifting voices of Aretha Franklin, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, this universal holiday tradition leaves audiences tapping their toes and singing “Hallelujah!” in their seats.
Guest performer David Cox (formerly of STOMP) returns to tap his way through this emotionally driven dance accompanied by the Ballet Creole professional dance company. Illuminated by the talents of lighting director, Brad Trenaman, each piece signifies humanity’s core emotions. Soulful Messiah is truly a Canadian holiday tour-de-force!
DEC 13 | FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE (Markham)