Saturday, December 11, 2010
Conceived six years ago by Patrick Parson, the founding artistic director of Toronto’s Ballet Creole, this presentation is a soul-infused Christmas ballet set to Handel’s Messiah as performed by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Al Jarreau on the Grammy-winning album Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, produced by Quincy Jones in 1992. This year’s presentation also includes an encore performance of “Glory,” a work by Ballet Creole associate choreographer Gabby Kamino, danced by Parson with two other performers. “What we try to do with this ballet is keep trying to bring the dancers to new levels,” he says.
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