The Eugene Ballet will perform at Richland High School Auditorium (930 Long Ave, Richland, WA), on October 12, 2017, at 7:30pm.
One of the West’s busiest and versatile professional dance companies has performed in over 100 cities in the United States and internationally. They present the adventures of Mowgli, the fictional character and protagonist of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories, along with Baloo the Bear, Shere Khan the Tiger, and Kaa the Snake in an exotic ballet enjoyed by adults and children.
The Eugene Ballet Company will be performing the world premiere of “Mowgli – The Jungle Book Ballet.” Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories, this full-length ballet is sure to dazzle audience members of all ages. Original choreography by EBC Artistic Director Toni Pimble is set to an eclectic compilation of East Indian and World Fusion music. The Company also worked with Emmy award-winner Gregory Crane of GRC Designs to create an immersive jungle themed set, designed specifically for “Mowgli.” EBC aims to make “Mowgli- The Jungle Book Ballet” a visually stunning piece of theatre that will attract audiences of all ages. The lavish
costumes, designed by Jonna Hayden, feature authentic Indian fabrics, a vibrant array of color, and intricate headpieces created by Lynn Bowers. “Mowgli” will also feature two giant puppets designed by Crane, including Shere Khan the Tiger, and Kaa the Snake, requiring up to eight dancers to manipulate.
The inspiration to create a ballet based on Kipling’s The Jungle Book came from EBC’s relationship with the Haugland family. The
Richard P. Haugland Foundation is a private foundation in Eugene that supports charitable, cultural and educational programs in America, such as EBC. The foundation also provides funds to the Starfish Country Home School Foundation, which is a registered charity in Thailand and to other programs operating in Asia (www.schsf.org).
Inspired by his work with underprivileged children in Thailand, Richard Haugland requested that the Company create a ballet performance that could be enjoyed by children, as well as adults. “Mowgli- The Jungle Book Ballet” is the result of Haugland’s aspiration. EBC received an initial grant of $160,000 from the Richard P. Haugland Foundation, and additional funding from the Hult Endowment—Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and Alexander and Amy Hauglaund.
Read more about the Eugene Ballet on their website: eugeneballet.org