CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – “A Passage to Bollywood,” coming to Confederation Centre of the Arts this week, is a classic tale of love and friendship.
It’s a story of a young village boy who moves to the big city to follow his dream. The musical follows his journey and the relationships he builds with the woman of his dreams and the ‘Don,’ who takes him under his wing.
Filled with romance and drama, the story takes on an unexpected twist with a surprise ending.
It sounds like a journey that we can all connect to in one way or another. But that’s not the only draw for people to come and see the show as part of the Sobeys’ LIVE @ the Centre program this year.
The artistic director is, as they say in the biz, the real deal.
Ashley Lobo, artistic director of Navdhara India Dance Theatre, is an acclaimed Indian choreographer with over 32 years of experience in performing, choreographing, and teaching, both in India and overseas.
With more than 30 Bollywood films under his belt, he has worked with all the top stars. Lobo studied dance at the Bodenweiser Dance Centre and the Sydney Dance Company. He is also immensely trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary styles of dance.
He is excited to bring “A Passage to Bollywood” to the Island. He describes it as a relatable human story told in an entertaining way.
“Like a typical Bollywood film, the show is full of song and dance with all the melodrama, romance, action, colour, and excitement you would see on screen – except it is onstage.”
Bollywood is a movement style of dance that incorporates all forms of Indian dance from classical to modern. It also draws inspiration from everyday activities, like undoing a light bulb to starting a bike, to create dance steps.
Set in a surreal canvas that tells real stories, Bollywood dance is what Lobo would describe as an India biryani or party.
All this talent behind the scenes should make for a spectacular experience for the audience, one that Lobo says they’ll connect with.
“It could have been the life of any person who migrated from one city to another or from one country to another.”
Coming to the Homburg Theatre Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., “A Passage to Bollywood” promises to turn a night of entertainment on its head.
For tickets visit: www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/356-A-Passage-to-Bollywood