AN INDIGO CHRISTMAS...SOULFUL MESSIAH
December 5 at 8pm
December 6 at 3pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
Box Office: 416.973.4000
School groups - $10 student matinee tickets:
Contact Jody Cook 416.973.4000 ext.4856
(Complimentary ticket for 1 teacher per class)
Fourteen years in the making, Ballet Creole collaborates with Nathaniel Dett Chorale to bring Soulful Messiah to the stage with live music! NDC Artistic Director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor will rework the musical score of Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s Messiah – Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration – with the voices of the chorale along with a 5-piece band; providing inspiration for Artistic Director Patrick Parson to reimagine his original choreography which has progressively developed with each new presentation. This seasonal favourite celebrates the universal language of spirituality and joy danced through tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern influences. This year’s Soulful Messiah is a Toronto family tradition brought to you like never before!
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In Search of the Soulful Messiah
Michael Crabb of the National Post in a review of a past performance of Soulful Messiah stated that “with artificial snowflakes falling on Sugar Plum Fairies across the GTA, it’s a relief for dance lovers, especially those not obsessed with toe shoes and tutus, to know that there is an alternative to the ubiquitous candy-coated Nutcracker—besides those high kicking Rockettes at the Hummingbird Centre.”
While Soulful Messiah cannot compare in age with the original 264-year musical score that inspired the piece, Ballet Creole’s Artistic Director, Patrick Parson has created a riveting holiday production that joyously celebrates Handel's legacy through modern day dance and music.
Soulful Messiah’s dance movements are a captivating cornucopia of popular, contemporary and African-Caribbean dance that complement the unique musical score from the CD “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration” to create an evening of pure delight. The music is produced by Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones and features the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Vanessa Bell Armstrong Patti Austin, and Al Jarreau to name a few.
“Each year I keep singing the praises of Ballet Creole’s ‘Glorious Soulful Messiah…the tour de force of utter joy should be on everyone’s Christmas event list,” exclaims Paula Citron noted dance critic.
While Mr. Parson’s inspirations are many, he fervently explains that, “I always wanted to do something that runs parallel with The Nutcracker. Moreover, I wanted it to be something that all cultures can find aspirations of joy and hope. When I listened to the music, I realized it runs through the gamut of Black music – the Caribbean, the Highlife, the Jazz, the Soul – I became convinced, this is most fitting.”
Ballet Creole has been active on the Canadian dance scene since August 1990. The company tours locally and internationally. It also comprises a musical Ensemble (Creole Drummatix), and a School, which offers full and part-time programs for professionals, pre-professionals and the community at large. Ballet Creole’s high-energy works range from African ritualism to abstract modern, with a repertoire, driven by the rhythm of the drums.