ALL NEW TOUR MAKES ITS MISSISSIPPI DELTA PREMIERE AT BOLOGNA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MARCH 18
FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale, and prices range from $35-$65, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the BPAC box office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.
With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night. Owens dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, she learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.
The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. The performance features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top 10 hits on the radio around the world. Songs include the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 new songs have been written for the stage with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. FLASHDANCE features a book by Cary and Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas.
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Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, BODYTRAFFIC is leading the way for contemporary dance in Los Angeles and beyond.
BODYTRAFFIC will make its Mississippi debut March 1 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State. The company will present a matinee for K-12 school audiences at 11 a.m., and a public performance will be held that evening at 7:30 p.m. There will be a complimentary pre-performance reception in the Bologna Center lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the show, there will be a Q&A discussion inside the Delta & Pine Land Theater.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Praised by LA Weekly for its “confident, hard-hitting” execution in a wide range of styles, BODYTRAFFIC is known for their dynamic theatricality and contemporary approach to dance. The show’s growing repertory is vibrant, inspiring, accessible and challenging to both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts. Founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world commissioning new works from world-class contemporary choreographers, and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013.
Prior to their performances, the company will spend time in the Cleveland community. First, dancers will work with Margaret Green Junior High and Cleveland High School students in a partnership with the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland’s Exceptional Education project.
The company will also work with the Delta Arts Alliance School of Dance. DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison said the experience would be critical to the development of the young students.
BODYTRAFFIC’s debut is just one of many upcoming dance performances in the BPAC’s future through its participation in the Dance Touring Initiative.
“We are very excited to be working with South Arts to feature more contemporary dance and ballet programming at the Bologna Center” said BPAC executive director Laura Howell. “Dance is one of those great art forms where there are no right answers, and there can be a point of access for everyone.”
Tickets to see BODYTRAFFIC are now on sale at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 662-846-4626, and online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets are $25-39, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
“Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter …”
These famous opening lines of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” have enchanted young audiences for over 100 years. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, Enchantment Theatre, in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, will bring her captivating stories to life at the Bologna Performing Arts Center with two BPAC School-Time Matinee performances of “Peter Rabbit™ Tales” on Jan. 29.
Come along for the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, and original music, Enchantment Theatre introduces children to the timeless stories of Beatrix Potter as never seen before.
This show is locally sponsored by Entergy.
The 9:30 a.m. show is completely sold out, but tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. performance. Tickets are $6 for adults and students, and are available for purchase by stopping by the BPAC or calling 662-846-4844 for more information.
The suggested grade levels for this performance are Pre-K through fourth grade. Teachers are encouraged to download the free study guide created by Enchantment Theatre from the BPAC’s website, www.bolognapac.com.