Soulful Messiah: Nov 30, Dec 7-9 , 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.  


This year's production will open with a special performance presented by the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham featuring special guests, WHEEL DANCE, a wheelchair dance group based in Toronto

 

171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
Friday November 30th at 8:00pm
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 207 Queens Quay West Harbourfront, Centre - Toronto
Friday December 7 at 8pm
Saturday December 8 at 8pm
Sunday December 9 at 3pm

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Catch a glimpse of the show below:


 


MEET OUR CAST


 

SHAVAUN BROWN - Dancer

Born in Mandeville, Jamaica and raised in Portmore, St. Catherine, Shavaun started dancing at age 15. He performed in high school dance festivals and acquired gold medals on several occasions. After high school he worked as a cabaret dancer in the hotel industry for three years and is now in Ballet Creole’s Apprenticeship Program. Shavaun is honoured to be invited to perform with the company.


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!


FALCIONY PATINO CRUZ - Dancer

Falciony Patino was born in Funza, Colombia. He began his training in Colombian folk dance at the age of seven with the group Zaquesazipa, in Funza. After finishing high school, Patino got into the Superior Academy of Arts of Bogota (ASAB) to study contemporary dance. During his time at ASAB, he was part of the folk group Orkeseos. In 2009 he moved to Toronto to join Ballet Creole as a student and a company member. In 2015 Alejandro Ronceria invited him to be part of a show Amalgama in the Pan Am games. In 2016 he danced for Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre in a dance called The Honoring, and from 2017 he has been doing Mistatim an unforgettable story of reconciliation for children; the creation of Red Sky Performance . In the spring of 2012 Patino created Cabildo, a group that explores a contemporary approach to Colombian folk dance. Since he was very young he has been experimenting with different dance styles from folk dance, ballet and contemporary to afro, urban dance, capoeira and parkour. Dance is what drives Patino out of the ordinary.


KIRK EASY - Dancer

Kirk Easy was born on the island of Jamaica where he began dancing at the age of 18. Kirk was first introduced to dancing through the Harmony Dance Company which was a tour group along the north coast in Jamaica. He improved his skills and then moved to pursue his passion as a cabaret dancer at the RIU Resort. With his intension to expand on his passion for dancing he moved to Canada in 2018 to join the ballet Creole company where he now takes classes with the desire to improve and further perform as a company member. His love for dancing allows him to be very expressive in everything that revolves around his love for this talent.


YUHALA MUY GARCIA - Dancer

Born in Havana, Cuba, Yuhala began her training at the age of 4 at the National School of Rhythmic Gymnastics. In 1997 she auditioned for the National School of Arts in Havana where she began her formal dance training. After 6 years of training she obtained her BFA in Dance. In 2002 she joined the Folklorico National of Cuba as a dancer where she participated in various dance seasons and touring, and she performed in numerous dance festivals and workshops lead by international teachers such as Santiago Alfonzo Director of Tropicana de Cuba, and Alberto Mendez, Choreographer and teacher of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2005 Yuhala joined Ballet Creole’s Professional Training Program and two years later was invited to join the company. As a senior company member of Ballet Creole she has had the opportunity to perform works from Patrick Parson, Gabby Kamino, Milton Myers, Zelma Badu, M’Bemba Bangoura, Jose Carret and Debbie Wilson .Yuhala is also been invited to work with Newton Moraes Dance Theatre and Akwaba Cultural Exchange.


ALISTAIR GRAPHINE - Dancer

Alistair began his dance training with the Company Dance Theatre in Jamaica, where he was technically trained in modern dance styles such as Horton, Graham and Cunningham, as well as a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, ballet and Afro-Caribbean under the direction of Tony Wilson. He attended the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts where he further studied a variety of dance styles as well as Traditional Jamaican and Caribbean aesthetics from some of the Caribbean’s most acclaimed teachers and choreographers. While in Jamaica, he won numerous awards from the Jamaica Culture Development Commission. With over 20 years of dance experience, his passion for dance has led him to gain international dance experience in Los Angeles. Since moving to Canada in 2009, he is currently a dancer with Ballet Creole’s professional dance company; he choreographs and dances for various dance companies in Toronto and has established his own dance company, La’ Riatsila Dance Theatre.


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.


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.


GABRIELLA PARSON - Dancer

Gabriella is an accomplished dancer of 17 years. She studied at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Ryerson University, and under the direction of Patrick Parson at Ballet Creole. Gabbie performed with Kids Creole Ensemble as one of its founding members. Her talents have been showcased on TV Ontario programming on several occasions. Gabriella is also musically talented and she sometimes shifts her artistic direction to perform throughout Ontario. She finished her studies in Massage Therapy in 2008 at Kikkawa College and is a practicing Registered Massage Therapist.

She has performed in such events as Caribana and Kick up your Heels. As a Ballet Creole member, Gabbie tours and performs with the company across Ontario and Canada. In 2012 she danced in Los Angeles, California as a student/apprentice, with Lula Washington Dance Theatre. In 2013 she danced in Montreal with dance company Nyata Nyata on project Mozongi and has remained a guest dancer with the company. She is also a KasheDance member, a Toronto based contemporary company now celebrating its 5th year


ERIKA SUAREZ - Dancer

Erika is a professional dancer and Anthropologist from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. Her thesis was developed in San Basilio de Palenque around the theme of corporeal gender organizations in relation to movement and dance. She has taught dance at the Montessori School, Los Portales and various other dance academies. In 2017 she was awarded the “Artistas Jovenes Talentos” program of the ICETEX to carry out an artistic contemporary residency with the company Provisional dance in Madrid Spain, where she attended the Maria de Avila conservatory and did African Dance classes with Marissa Camara. She is now residing in Toronto, continuing her research of movement from a social perspective, as symbolism and tool of expression and change.


YUI UGAI – Dancer

Yui Ugai was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She majored in drama at high school and studied dance and music at Kobe Collage. During her study she performed with internationally reknown choreographer,Toru Shimazaki’s contemporary dance works. Yui obtained professional ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and she was awarded a prize for excellence in dance by the magazine, Dance Dance Dance in 2008. Yui holds a BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto. She has danced and toured with the York Dance Ensemble, Limitless Productions, Parahumans, The Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Ballet Creole, Kashe Dance Company, Anima Inc. (Mexico/Peru) in Japan, Taiwan, Jamaica, the United States and England. Yui worked for The Toronto Blue Jays in the Game Promotion as a JForce for three seasons and she focuses on community engagement by performing in Arts in the Parks events with Ballet Creole, and Porch View Dances with Kaeja d’Dance. Yui also has a career as an actress, beginning with the film “Summer Days,” directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, and she worked with the Hollywood casting director Yoko Narahashi. Yui as a heroine for the short film “Raptura” which premiered in imagine NATIVE Film Media Arts Festival at TIFF and Reel World Film Festival. In Japan, she produced the annual dance festival, "Dance Kotoen" sponsored by Nishinomiya City in order to support youth dance artists and community since 2011.

    


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!"