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About the company:
Ballet Creole was founded in 1990 by dancer, choreographer, drum master and educator, Patrick Parson. Now celebrating its 21st season, Ballet Creole's vision to create harmony in diversity has never been stronger. Performing across Canada and the United States, Ballet Creole has become known as the forerunners of blacks in dance in Canada. Using a trademark style with Katherine Dunham technique as its core, the company also trains in Horton and Graham technique aesthetics and focuses on integrating traditional African and Caribbean movement and music with the contemporary reality of the arts. The company works closely with associate choreographer, Gabby Kamino, and guest choreographers such as Danny Grossman, Debbie Wilson and Jose Carret Morejon, artistic director of Danza Corpus, Cuba. The result has been both innovative and dynamic for the Canadian dance landscape.
About the choreographer:
Patrick Parson, founder and artistic director of Ballet Creole, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and has been a dancer and musician from the age of 10. He draws much of his inspiration from the vibrant multicultural synergy of the Caribbean. He was trained in the dance and drumming styles of Guinea and Senegal by Mor Thiam, the artist director of Les Ballets Africains. In Canada, Patrick graduated from TDT (Toronto Dance Theatre) before founding Ballet Creole in 1990. He holds a Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology from York University where he has been a course director in the Faculties of Fine Arts and Kinesiology. Through extensive studies at the Katherine Dunham Institute for Humanities, Patrick has been awarded certification as a teacher of the Dunham Technique, which he teaches throughout Canada.
March 8 10, 2012Dance
This production celebrates and highlights the dance life of Almond Small, principal dancer for OMO Dance Company (Debbie Wilson). Two signature pieces from the OMO repertoire will be remounted. Danny Grossman also remounts one of his pieces on the bodies of Ballet Creole dancers. Patrick Parson says farewell to Almond by presenting one of his ballets. Gabby Kamino will also contribute to this exodus. Working closely with the lighting director and costume designer, a coherent, yet diversified programme sends off one of Canada's memorable dancers.
Take advantage of our EXCLUSIVE offer to see two Ballet Creole Productions Soulful Messiah (Dec. 2-4, 2011) and Exodus (March 8-10, 2012) for one low price of either $55 or $75. Please contact the box office directly at 416.973.4000 for this exclusive value package rate.
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