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*March 16, 2009*
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*CityDance Ensemble's family show Jungle Books returns to the stage in an
original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tales *
*Washington, DC—*Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, *CityDance
Ensemble* presents its original adaptation of *Rudyard Kipling's Jungle
Books* this April at the Lansburgh Theatre in an animated blend of movement,
music, mischief, and magic. Telling the timeless stories of Mowgli, Shere
Khan, Baloo, and other characters from the classic tales, CityDance Ensemble
mixes original choreography with an original score to create a world of
enchantment in this colorful family show.
The concerts take place *Saturday, April 18 at 1pm and 4pm* and *Sunday,
April 19 at 1pm and 4pm* at the L*ansburgh Theatre,* 450 7th Street NW,
Washington, DC. Tickets are priced at $18 for all ages. Tickets are
available in person at the *Lansburgh Theatre Ticket Office* (450 7th Street
NW, Washington, DC), online at *www.harmancenter.org,* or by phone at *
"Performing our annual production of *Jungle Books* is always a highlight
of CityDance's season," comments CityDance Artistic Director *Paul Gordon
Emerson.* "The powerful ideas and themes of Kipling's stories lend
themselves beautifully to being re-told through dance, music, and movement.
We find that children – and adults – of all ages relate well to the animal
characters and are fascinated by the magical world they create."
CityDance premiered its original production of *Jungle Books* in December
2007. In this second annual rendition, the concert will feature original
choreography by *Paul Gordon Emerson,* Rehearsal Director &
Choreographer-in-Residence *Christopher K. Morgan,* company member* Alicia
Ann Canterna,* former company member *Kyra Jean Green,* former Washington
Ballet dancer *Jason Hartley,* and DC-based dancers and choreographers *Joseph
Nontanovan* (Artistic Director of Culture Shock DC) and *Meisha
Bosma*(Artistic Director of BosmaDance). Composers
*Clifton Brockington, Saleem Wayne Waters, *and* Matt Jones* created the
original score that will be performed live by Mr. Brockington and Mr.
The sets and drops for *Jungle Books* were created in partnership with
Washington, DC's *Ford's Theatre* and transform the stage into an Indian
jungle, while original costumes and masks will mold the dancers into
Kipling's characters as they leap, pounce, and prance their way through
several segments of the original novel in this hour-long stage adaptation.
Performing alongside CityDance Ensemble in the role of the monkeys are
students of *CityDance Select,* the company's pre-professional program for
serious dancers ages 13-19. In this multi-genre program, students study
technique and performance, as well as dance history, multimedia arts,
anatomy, and other related fields. Younger dance students from *CityDance
Center at Strathmore* will also appear in *Jungle Books* in the new role of
the baby birds.
"The collaborative aspect of this production has made the show incredibly
rich and well-rounded," notes Mr. Emerson. "Because we have the good fortune
of working with so many talented choreographers, dancers, and musicians in
the Washington, DC area, *Jungle Books *has developed into a truly
multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary production."
A family show in every sense, *Jungle Books* will appeal to audiences young
and old, with Kipling's themes of morality and perseverance woven throughout
as Mowgli grows from a small boy to a young adult through his jungle
adventures. Children will also find excitement before and after the show
with free face painting and photographs with the characters.
CityDance Ensemble will also perform *Jungle Books* in a special engagement
with four musicians from the *Baltimore Symphony Orchestra* on *Saturday,
April 25 at 11am* at Joseph Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore. Information and
tickets are available at www.bsomusic.org
. In addition, CityDance Ensemble
will continue its performance tour of *Jungle Books* this spring in DC area
elementary schools as part of its commitment to making dance accessible to a
wide variety of audiences through its dance outreach programs.
*The 2009 performance of *Jungle Books* is funded in part by Washington
Performing Arts Society. The original creation of *Jungle Books* was made
possible in part by funding from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities,
an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with
additional support from Washington Performing Arts Society and Ford's
*About CityDance Ensemble, Inc.*
CityDance Ensemble, Inc. is the parent organization to *CityDance
Ensemble,*an award-winning contemporary repertory dance company;
*Early Arts,* an arts outreach program for youth reaching thousands of
students each year; *CityDance Education Centers,* facilities committed to
excellence in dance training for youth and adults; and *FilmWORKS*, a
creator and presenter of dance-on-camera. The mission of CityDance is to
advance the appreciation for and participation in the art of dance through
excellence in performance, education, film, and artistic innovation.