COLUMN: Linda Jensen — March 20, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

April 2 marks the 11th anniversary of the first concert in the Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre.

A crowd of 1,212 excited people packed into two performances of Chantal Kreviazuk.  Since that time, hundreds of world class performers have graced our stage. 

One day after the 11th anniversary (April 1) another milestone will be achieved.  The E. A. Rawlinson Centre presents the Canadian Premiere of Rhythmic Circus’ Feet Don’t Fail Me Now. This show has been presented in more than 100 cities across the world including a 20-venue tour in China and a run Off-Broadway at the Old Victory Theatre in New York City. Their performances have met with rave reviews, multiple awards and sold out houses.

From all accounts, this show is more than a dance show, it is a theatrical experience. Since the first performance in 2008 it has become one of the most popular percussive dance shows since Tap Dogs.

The troupe will arrive in Prince Albert with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. The four internationally renowned dancers,  Heatbox (the human beatbox), and the swinging six-piece funk band (with a big brass sound) present  a “genre-hopping” show with hard-hitting percussive dance.

The dynamic show runs the gamut from a cappella singing and taps numbers to a percussive chair routine (think STOMP) to the stripped down Dream Song, an acoustic number inspired by a front porch jam session back in the company’s home in Minneapolis. 

Always a crowd pleaser, a number called Circus displays brilliant staging and choreography. In this number, dancers clad in colourful marching band attire join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns.

“The show helps remind our audiences that there is always a reason to get up, let go and dance,” co-creator Nick Bowman said. “The name of our show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the early 1900s -- a time when the city was rich with culture and spirit, they literally had parades every Sunday just to celebrate their lives and community. Rhythmic Circus has adopted the chant as more of a rallying cry. We have been ecstatic to see it strike a chord with people everywhere from our home town to Off-Broadway and all the way across the globe.”

Experience history in the making with the premiere performance of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now in the Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre on April 1.

Organizations: Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre, E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Old Victory Theatre

Geographic location: Broadway, China, New York City Prince Albert Minneapolis New Orleans

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