"For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with pen- that one must learn how to write." Friedrich Nietzsche
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA: "Alice in Wonderland" by Bellydance Evolution
Celebrating, exploring, and uniting Middle Eastern and Western dance for the 21st century, Los Angeles-based Bellydance Evolution presents Alice in Wonderland at El Portal MainStage Theatre in North Hollywood on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m., launching a west coast tour which continues on to Everett and Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR. Bellydance Evolution founder and world renowned choreographer Jillina Carlano created a revolutionary approach to the whimsical and magical tale, re-imagining the colorful, iconic - and dare some say, "mad" - characters through the language of world fusion dance. Presenting theatrical dance shows with a storyline, much like a ballet, Bellydance Evolution features a cast of 20 international performers who are passionate about their art in the fields of Middle Eastern dance and music, break dance, theatrical hip-hop, contemporary, tribal and fusion dance, each bringing their own unique vision to the production.
Bellydance Evolution’s Alice in Wonderland promises to take the audience on a spectacular journey that will excite both mainstream audiences and dance enthusiasts. Based on the Alice in Wonderland book, the performance is appropriate for all ages. Performing to sold-out crowds in over twenty countries spanning North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Bellydance Evolution recently performed in Morocco with the Orchestra Philharmonic de Morocco in an "East meets West" collaboration performance and performed a 28 city, 35-performance tour of China.
Alice in Wonderland stars Jillina Carlano (Queen of Hearts), Heather Aued (Alice), Sharon Kihara (The Caterpillar), Rin Ajna (The Mad Hatter), Ellyott Colon (The White Rabbit), and Ozzy Ashkenazi (The Chef).
Continuing the successful formula established by past productions such as Immortal Desires and Dark Side of the Crown, Bellydance Evolution ensemble performs to a theatrical score commissioned from film and television composer Paul Dinletir, owner/director of Los Angeles-based ‘audiomachine’, who has written and produced trailer music for The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Avatar, and the music for the opening ceremonies of the last two Summer Olympics.
Alice in Wonderland has two performances: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $13–$39. El Portal MainStage Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets and information, call (818) 508-4200 or go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10123576. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BellydanceEvolutionPage. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @BDEvolution.
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