"Billy Elliot" brings dreams, dance to Austin

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"Billy Elliot" brings dreams, dance to Austin

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 11:31 PM

The Broadway smash "Billy Elliot the Musical" is headed to Austin.

The show won the 2009 Tony award for Best Musical, along with nine other Tonys and dozens of other honors. The play celebrates a small town boy's determined efforts to realize his dreams. Billy leaps out of the boxing ring and into ballet class, unleashing a talent that changes his life forever. Featuring the music of Elton John, the production won critical acclaim around the world.

A bouyant celebration of all kinds of dance, Billy Elliot blends tap, hip hop, jazz, acrobatics, and folk dancing.

"I didn’t want to convey the notion that only one form of movement is of value," explains choreographer Peter Darling in a press release. "Tap is rhythmically exciting and such an expressive kind of dance. It’s synonymous with show business and musicals. And Billy Elliot is very much a musical; it’s not a ballet.”

Yet Billy's "Electricity" number underscores the beauty and vitality of ballet.

“Ballet can be one of the most thrilling things you’ll ever see, because of the amount of training, technique, and strength required to do it," adds Darling. "The training enables the body to do things that are phenomenally difficult. You’re able to travel through the air. It’s got a great freedom to it.”

Billy Elliot takes the stage at Bass Concert Hall December 11-16. Visit austin.broadway.com for more information and tickets. 

 

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