Who Am I Celebrating Me + James Canfield
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Who I Am Celebrating Me is a community of youth and adult artists exploring history through theater. From soul-encompassing singing and dancing to heartfelt poetry and prose, the production highlights a montage of African-American figures and movements of past and present.
More info:Â http://www.wiacm.info/on-stage.html
Canfieldâ€™s passion for Romeo & Juliet began when he first performed the role of Romeo in John Crankoâ€™s production for the Joffrey Ballet. At six-foot-three he felt his physical presence was at odds with the look of an innocent teenage boy in love. He worked that much harder on developing the character and conveying youthful exuberance, love, and despair through every movement.
In his own approach to the work Canfield digs deeper into the development of every character. During rehearsals he has the dancers switch roles to better understand the motivation and complexity in a scene. The focus is on telling an emotionally rich and complex story in a way that is clear and very real to the audience, at the same time enhancing the feeling of passion between the two lovers with an ethereal quality that ballet uniquely provides. Two incredible casts will alternately perform the productionâ€™s iconic roles. Principal Artist Xuan Cheng who charmed audiences as Cinderella last season will be partnered by Soloist Peter Franz who debuted with Oregon Ballet Theatre last fall.
Soloist Ansa Deguchi will be partnered by Principal Artist Brian Simcoe. This pair was featured last season in the roles of Romeo and Juliet receiving high praise for their performance of the bedroom scene during OBT25. Among the many incredible male roles in the work Principal Artist Chancey Parsons and Soloist Michael Linsmeier will alternate as Mercutio raising swords against Tybalt alternately danced by Company Artists Jordan Kindell and Thomas Baker.
More info at:Â http://www.obt.org/