Evolution Dance Theatre Announces World Premiere of FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Evolution Dance Theatre (EDT) proudly announces the world premiere of Follow Your Heart, a multi-media extravaganza with over 45 artists on stage that will take audiences on a wondrous journey into the human spirit, transporting them to a magical and mysterious world. This captivating dance-drama hits the stage September 22-25 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now by visiting EvolutionDanceTheatre.com or calling the box office at 905-787-8811.
A tale of love and struggle, with a special emphasis on the empowerment of women, Follow Your Heart is rooted in the rich traditions of Middle Eastern dance and culture. This multi-disciplinary spectacle tells an inspiring and courageous story of a modern Middle Eastern woman, Almaza, in love with Jivan, a traditional Middle Eastern man, in modern-day Toronto. It is a journey of a woman who fights for love against all odds; a love story of taboo and tradition.
Keshishian notes, “My aim is to bring people and cultures together by focusing on our commonalities versus our differences. I am inspired by concepts of women’s empowerment, diversity, multiculturalism and breaking down barriers. I strive to bring a sense of peace and belonging through fusing cultures and dance forms. Follow Your Heart is a feast, not only for the eyes, but also the soul. Follow Your Heart is important at this time in light of current world events as it seeks to be a true representation of Middle Eastern people, not from a political or religious perspective, but from a cultural and social point of view. I am excited to bring audiences a transformative story that showcases the rich and colourful Middle Eastern traditions and culture. My work is influenced by the context of my upbringing: as a Christian raised in a Muslim country, I gained insight into these two different worlds. The aim is to bring the world together; to bring culture, peace and love together in a beautiful way. One heartbeat, One culture, One race.”