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Ballet Creole's Holiday Tradition

Video courtesy of Ballet Creole

 

Soulful Messiah by Patrick Parson turns twelve this year as the company he directs turns twenty-five. Parson’s Soulful Messiah was created in 2002 – called Glorious Soulful Messiah at the time – as the second half of Gabby Kamino’s Glory. It is now its own full-length production with thirteen sections. “This year I will be adding a new section, which will involve the community. It’s been a while since a new section has been created for this production, so we are excited about this opportunity and the potential it has to take the production to the next level,” says Parson, of this early holiday tradition. “The importance of bringing it back every year is that it is a Christmas holiday tradition, something that draws parallels to The Nutcracker, but is something different. The vision was to create a holiday tradition unique to the Canadian experience but that was also universal.” Set to Quincy Jones’ R&B rendition of Handel’s Messiah, it is a unique holiday experience but one that is equally entertaining for the whole family. This holiday production is infused with tap, African-Caribbean dance, ballet, jazz and contemporary and is danced by Ballet Creole company members as well as new and returning guests. Most notable is Canadian tapper David Cox, who has performed in Soulful Messiah for nearly ten years now.

Soulful Messiah runs in Toronto November 28-29 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps. 

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