Soulful Messiah: Dec, 2020- Dates to be announced

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bring in the holidays with Ballet Creole’s signature holiday production that has mesmerized audiences for the past 17 years.
 
Soulful Messiah is an exciting, fresh spinoff of a timeless classic: Handel’s Messiah. Produced by Quincy Jones, the Grammy-award winning soundtrack, Handel’s Messiah -A Soulful Celebration, takes the classical music of George Frederic Handel and turns it on its head, infusing it with R&B, soul, jazz, gospel, Afro-Caribbean, and hip-hop. This amazing soundtrack is the backdrop and inspiration for Soulful Messiah, a ballet created by Artistic Director Patrick Parson who draws from African, Caribbean, tap, hip-hop and Modern dance, to tell a figurative story of love, hope, redemption, and universal oneness. SOULFUL MESSIAH is a feast for the eyes, ears, and soul, and a celebration for all to enjoy.  

NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

 


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MEET OUR GUEST CAST


 


DAVID COX - Tap Dancer

David Cox has been dancing since the age of 2, as he was brought into this world by a musical family. His father a Motown artist and his mother a dance teacher. At 13 he made his first trip to NYC on scholarship and that would change his life forever. Studying with some of the best dancers in the world he began to realize that tap dance was his passion not forgetting his extensive training in jazz, ballet and modern. Since becoming a professional he has gone on to perform for and at the following: YTV Achievement Award Winner 1999 Dance Category, ‘Bojangles’ the Showtime movie starring Gregory Hines, the international sensation ‘STOMP’, Juno Awards, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Duke Ellington Society, Save The Last Dance pt2, talked Tap and Tapped with Shelagh Rogers (Sounds Like Canada CBC Radio 1) , Bravo Fact ‘The Hoofers Club’, Dance Arts Vancouver & Judith Marcuse Projects (ICE: Beyond Cool, FIRE… Where There’s Smoke, and EARTH=HOME), ADIDAS, Pro Arte Danza’s The Jazz Cracker, Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah, Ruckus Co Prod’s Ricochet, LKTYP’s “i think i can”, Hoofers House Harlem NYC. Numerous corporate functions include former T.O Mayor David Miller’s Inaugural Ball, Coca Cola, Hit N Run Productions and has performed for the speaker of the house, and His Majesty Prince Charles to name a few. He has been on MTV Canada as a choreographer and dancer for “MTV Live: Dancing with the Hosts” and Much Music’s Black History Month. David has shared his passion with the world as a featured performer in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies and is a sought after adjudicator and teacher across North America. He is also proud to be a member of a band called Theatre Crisp where he taps as added percussion. He is regular faculty at the Tap Dance Centre in Mississauga among other surrounding area studios. His happy go lucky and energetic attitude is contagious to those around him, and urges others to pick up a tap and discover the music they can make. Here’s to the 2nd Balcony...Keep it Copasetic!


HARUKA KYOGUCHI - Dancer

Haruka Kyoguchi, born and raised in Japan, started ballet in her hometown Kobe and moved to Canada at the age of 17 to continue her training with Victoria Academy of Ballet. Having also trained at The Rock School for Dance Education in US, Haruka’s most distinguished accomplishments include: Performing & training in some of the most highly competitive and intensive ballet schools including Oklahoma City ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Washington School of Ballet and School of Alberta Ballet. Soloist and Corps de Ballet performer in Ballet Victoria’s production of “Cinderella” “Nutcracker” and “Romeo and Juliet”. Guest principal artist in production of “Cinderella” with Le Petits Ballet, Ottawa, 2016 Soloist in Performing production of “Nutcracker” with Toronto International Theater.Currently Haruka continues performing in various productions in Toronto.


ROSE-MARY HARBANS - Dancer

Rose-Mary Harbans has not stopped dancing since she found her passion for performing at the age of six. She currently holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Rose-Mary is also a dance teacher and a mentor, using her passion for dance to promote self-confidence, discipline, and a positive attitude within her students. She has worked with several Toronto choreographers such as Gadfly, Shameka Blake, Cora Kozaris, and Caroline Torti; she has also performed in numerous festivals including Dance Ontario and the New Blue Festival. Her passion for dance has led her to international heights, having recently assisted in creating a multi-disciplinary show alongside Vicki St. Denys and Peggy Shannon in Greece.  Rose-Mary is continuing to improve and develop her craft through her keen interest in education and passion for performance.


Brad Trenaman - Lighting Designer

Brad has designed lighting for over 25 pieces for Ballet Creole since 2001. Recent highlights include designs for Redpatch (Citadel Theatre, Edmonton), the 2015 Canstage Dream in High Park, the new Canadian production of CATS at the Panasonic Theatre (2013) and for Menopause The Musical at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas (2009-2015). His work in dance includes lighting for Debbie Wilson, Menaka Thakkar, Shawn Byfield, The Stepcrew and The Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company. From 2010 to 2016 he worked as Lighting Coordinator for the biennial Canada Festival in Ottawa. Other credits include designs for YPT, Carousel Players, Highlands Opera Studio, singer Matt Dusk, magician Ted Outerbridge, His Holiness The Dalai Lama (Skydome) and the National Chinese Acrobats (Sony Centre). Brad has contributed many articles to Professional Lighting and Production Magazine and he is a member of Associated Designers of Canada. His website is www.batlighting.com.    

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AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

"The dance interpretation brought so much more meaning to the Messiah"
 

"Best Messiah ever!"
 

"Love it!"
 

"This is an experience not to be missed but definitely to be repeated"

 

"Fantastic Christmas concert. Each year I try to experience a special  Christmas concert and this is it"
 

"I bring a different friend every year to Soulful Messiah and it never disappoints. Ballet Creole forever"
 

"Excellent performance. Great fun!"

"I loved it! Uplifting, entertaining. Being a classical dancer I now realize I never want to give up my dream. Well choreographed. I loved the dance!"
 

"Fabulous show! Keeps getting better and better every year. I love you guys!"
 

"Have been attending Soulful Messiah for 10 years!"