Feb 2-10: Axelrod PAC’s The Jungle Book ballet features choreography by Gabriel Chajnik in collaboration with Sudha Shekhar Devulapalli, a classical Indian dance choreographer.
It’s based on Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories about a boy raised by wolves who fulfills his quest for identity, love and belonging.
David Felicie of Jackson, will star in the role of Mowgli in the world premiere of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s production of “The Jungle Book,” February 2 and 9 at 8:00 PM, February 3 at 3:00 PM, and February 10 at 1:00 and 5:00 PM.
Felicie has been a dancer for ten years, but this debut marks his first appearance as a guest artist with the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet as well as his return to the stage after serving in the United States Air Force.
“The Jungle Book,” an exotic dance musical where east meets west, is an exciting retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories about a boy adopted and raised by wolves, who fulfills his quest for identity, love, and belonging.
“I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Artistic Director and Choreographer Gabriel Chajnik and his team on what I consider a ground-breaking theatrical ballet,” said Felicie. “The character of Mowgli is exciting because he’s grounded and raw. His beast-like, animalistic movements are very masculine and powerful.”