Evolution Dance Theatre announces new casting for the world premiere of Follow Your Heart
With a special emphasis on the empowerment of women, Follow Your Heart tells an inspiring story of love and struggle, rooted in the rich traditions of Middle Eastern dance and culture. It tells a courageous tale of a modern Middle Eastern woman, Almaza, in love with Jivan, a traditional man, in modern-day Toronto that resonates with cultural truth as it portrays the struggle between contemporary norms and traditional values.
With a talented international cast, spectacular costumes, a compelling love story, gorgeous music and stunning dance - ranging from traditional belly dance to jazz to hip hop and more - Follow Your Heart seamlessly combines Western contemporary dance forms and traditional Middle Eastern dance styles with theatre and live original music for a truly unique, cross-cultural event as it draws audiences into a world of beauty, mystery and passion. A Middle Eastern story with a universal appeal, Follow Your Heart inspires and educates as it entertains.
Acclaimed Toronto dancer Mateo Galindo Torres, who recently performed with Peggy Baker Dance Projects in he:she, now joins the company to portray Jivan in this beautiful and passionate work. (He replaces California's Niraj Mehta, originally announced.) Torres has also worked previously with lauded choreographers Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Allen Kaeja, Tedd Robinson, and Roberto Campanella. Powerful Randolph Dance Theatre-trained singer-dancer and two-time Jr. Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion Teria Morada portrays Almaza. Morada performed in the Latino/Pachuco version of 'Romeo & Juliet" (East L.A. Classic Theatre) in California and was the lead dancer, singer & choreographer at The Beijing International Expo & Beijing International Triathlon Opening Ceremonies 2013 in China representing Rio Brasil L.A.
With the majority of the Middle Eastern roles portrayed by those steeped in the culture - Arabs, Persians, Armenians - Follow Your Heart offers a genuine Middle Eastern cultural experience.