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About the company:

Ballet Creole is at the forefront of contemporary Afro-Caribbean dance and has been labeled as the forerunner of blacks in dance in Canada. Established in August 1990, by Trinidadian-born dancer, choreographer, drummer and educator, Patrick Parson (master's degree in Dance Ethnology, BFA in Dance), he combines traditional Caribbean and African aesthetics with the Katherine Dunham modern technique, and has resulted in a technically strong and versatile professional dance company unlike any other in Canada. Ballet Creole's long-standing associate choreographer, Gabby Kamino, has produced timeless works with the company and other collaborative choreographers include Danny Grossman and Milton Myers. The company is celebrating its 23rd year as part of Toronto's dance community. | facebook

About the choreographer:

Patrick Parson is the artistic director and principal choreographer for Ballet Creole and the musical director for Creole Drummatix. He is a professor at York University in the Kinesiology Department and earned his master's degree in Dance Ethnology at York University. He toured internationally as principal dancer with the Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad. His professional dance and choreographic experience spans Caribbean, African, East Indian, jazz and modern dance styles. Patrick acquired ballet and modern training at the Caribbean School of Dance, the Dance Academy of Trinidad and Tobago and Ryerson University. He is a graduate of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), and obtained his Dunham teachers certificate at the Katherine Dunham Centre for Arts and Humanities (Illinois).

Ballet Creole - RIVER

Tickets:$20 - $45

The presentation of Ballet Creole's Spring Season serves as a vehicle for the company's vision, to create a distinct voice for Canadian dance artists of colour and to share culturally inspired dance art with Canadian communities.

For its 23rd year, Ballet Creole presents RIVER, a conceptual take on the idea that nothing can stop a river flowing. Two aesthetically diverse dance pieces will flow onto the stage: Patrick Parson will complete Trouchka, a work that began in May 2009 as part of a performance of Petrouchka with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino will perform the Canadian premiere of Fallen Angels, a three-part allegorical piece which depicts angels that have "fallen," or rather angels that have chosen to live as humans.

The programme will exemplify the diversity and athleticism of Ballet Creole's dancers and continues to communicate our motto: "diversity in harmony creates a new energy."

"Accessible dance underlaid with a strong emotional base, and eminently enjoyable to watch."
Toronto Star

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