In the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant cultural scene, Eleone Dance Theatre is set to enchant audiences once again with their 32nd Performance Season of “Carols in Color.” This holiday dance musical, a beloved tradition in the city, promises an evening of modern dance that is “passionate, spirited, and totally urban.” Under the artistic direction of Shawn-Lamere Williams and executive guidance of Sheila A. Ward, Eleone Dance Theatre is poised to bring the timeless Gospel according to St. Matthew to life through a mesmerizing blend of contemporary music, exuberant dance, and powerful narration.
Originally conceived and choreographed by Leon Evans, “Carols in Color” has been rejuvenated and adapted by the creative vision of Shawn-Lamere Williams. This year’s performance is a testament to the enduring spirit of the holiday season, where tradition meets innovation. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 16, at 4:00 pm and Sunday, December 17, at 3:00 pm & 6:30 pm at The Performing Arts Theater at Universal Audenreid Charter School.
“Carols in Color” is not your typical holiday performance. It’s a celebration that transcends conventional boundaries, blending together the talents of premiere Greater Philadelphia Area vocalists directed by Omar-Frederick Pratt, and the soul-stirring movements of Eleone Dance Theatre. This year’s production will also feature “Eleone Connection,” the second company of Eleone Dance Theatre, and the dedicated dance students of Eleone Dance Unlimited.
The narrative unfolds with the utmost precision as the performers seamlessly weave through the audience, creating an immersive experience that captivates the spirit of the season. The holiday story is retold with a modern flair, offering a fresh perspective on age-old traditions.
If you’re seeking a profound and spirit-filled portrayal of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, “Carols in Color” is a must-see. The dynamic choreography, contemporary musical arrangements, and powerful narration promise to leave the audience deeply moved. Unlike traditional performances, Eleone Dance Theatre breaks the fourth wall, inviting the audience to be an integral part of the spectacle.
General admission tickets are priced at $30.00, with special rates of $27.00 for students with ID, children, and senior citizens. Group rates, starting at $26.00, are available for parties of 10 or more. Tickets can be conveniently purchased online at https://eleone.ticketlocity.com/events/59656.
Eleone Dance Theatre is grateful for the generous support from organizations such as the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, and the Health Promotion Council, a PHMC affiliate. This support underscores the significance of community backing in fostering artistic expression and cultural vibrancy.
In a city steeped in history and culture, Eleone Dance Theatre’s “Carols in Color” stands out as a contemporary masterpiece, a testament to the power of dance and music in narrating timeless stories. As the holiday season approaches, make it a point to witness this Philadelphia holiday dance musical tradition that promises to be a passionate, spirited, and totally urban experience. Join Eleone Dance Theatre at The Performing Arts Theater at Universal Audenreid Charter School, located at 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, PA, and let the magic of “Carols in Color” ignite the festive spirit within you.
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