SACKVILLE, N.B. – The stage at Convocation Hall will be transformed into a ‘Wonderland’ next weekend as Perpetual Motion Dance Studio (PMDS) gets set to present its annual production of Alice, A Dance Tale.
The show, an inspiration of the studio’s artistic director Renee Rioux, will feature more than 180 local dancers, ranging in age from 2 to 18, who will showcase a variety of dance styles from jazz to ballet to hip hop to contemporary and more.
Rioux said this year’s production will once again bring a cast of extraordinary characters to life – from the delightful Alice to the high-strung Queen of Hearts, the sinuous Caterpillar, the dancing cards, and the crazy Mad Hatter, just to name a few.
This will be the fourth and final year PMDS will be staging Alice, A Dance Tale and Rioux announced the studio will be bringing a brand new show to audiences next year.
“This year’s performance is bittersweet as it will be our last Alice for some time, but we are very excited to work on a new production for next year,” she said.
Rioux is keeping the new production’s name and theme under wraps for now and promises that family and friends will be pleasantly surprised when the show premieres in May 2019.
As for this year’s show, Rioux said the teachers, dancers, parents and countless volunteers have all been working on Alice faithfully since before Christmas. Rioux said the show promises to be highly entertaining and guaranteed to please crowds young and old alike.
She credits her teaching staff and guest choreographers for helping bring her vision to the stage every year.
“I am blessed to be surrounded by creative, professional, vibrant teachers and choreographers,” said Rioux.
There will be three performances of Alice, A Dance Tale – one on Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. and two on Sunday, May 27, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. – at Convocation Hall in Sackville.
To coincide with the show, there will once again be a curated professional ‘Art Exhibition and Sale’ event this year. The exhibition, highlighting the work of various local artists, will be up all weekend in the lobby and second floor of Convocation Hall. The opening is Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission to the art exhibit will be free.
New this year will be the launch of DACAST, Perpetual Motion’s first all-alumni dance troupe. Created in September 2017, DACAST is composed of dance teachers, dance alumni, and adult dancers who were once part of an intensive program. DACAST consists primarily of contemporary repertoire. The troupe of seven dancers, including four PMDS teachers, have worked collectively on a number of pieces under Rioux’s guidance. DACAST will share their first 15-minute contemporary piece called, Don’t Disconnect, on Thursday May 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation and in support of the studio’s new production next year.
Tickets are available at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio, Tidewater Books and at the door.