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Lt. Governor’s Gala celebrates Albertan talent

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 A highlight of the SOAR Festival was the  Lt. Governors Awards.

 The event at the Yates’ Theatre, June 6 before supper at the Lethbridge Lodge, moved along smoothly.

Cari Mason and Camille pavlenko perform in Mitera Boreas. Photo by Richard Amery
 Entertainment , mostly surreal plays,  was interspersed with videos of the award recipients —  puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, soprano Frances Ginzer and artist Peter von Tiesenhausen.

There was lots of movement throughout.  After the first act of an original play Mitera Boreas,  featuring creatures being born into  a windy environment .

The theme of the show was wind and movement with performers Camille Pavlenko and Cari Russell-Mason playing Tate and Shu born into a world of wind and wonder who seek their mother.

Edmonton R and B artist Nuella Charles sang a swift set of sweet R and B music after that.

Nuela Charles plays the Lt. Governor’s Awards, June 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 The other interesting production was  half of a sinister piece called “They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They,” featuring performers  playing buffalo and buffalo hunters stalking each other across the stage to the sound of ominous music.

Calgary rapper Transit acted as his own DJ while performing a couple songs about Alberta and living among the trees. He got the crowd to clap a rhythm for one of them.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:50 )  
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