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Ballet brings ‘The Jungle Book’ to life on Webb Center stage

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:00 pm

State Street Ballet, a professional dance company based in Santa Barbara, Calif., makes its Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts debut in Wickenburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the ballet “The Jungle Book.”

Featuring a cast of 20 dancers, the full-length ballet is based on the original “Jungle Book” — a collection of tales written by British writer Rudyard Kipling in 1894.  The story follows a boy named Mowgli, who loses his parents on a jungle expedition and is saved from a tiger attack by a pack of wolves. As he is raised by the wolves, he also learns about the laws of the jungle from a black panther named Bagheera, and from Baloo. In the end, the boy questions his identity when he comes into contact with humans.

State Street Ballet melds the much-loved, familiar storyline with spectacular costumes, dance movement and special effects, giving the tale a modern twist. Music, lighting, scenery and acting offer contemporary entertainment while honoring classical traditions of dance.

As an internationally touring company, State Street Ballet attracts dancers from around the world and teams with top-notch choreographers to produce new works that showcase the company’s signature elegant-but-edgy tone. Choreographers whose works have been performed by State Street Ballet include Peter Pucci and Margo Sappington, as well as legends Agnes de Mille and George Balanchine.

Tickets for this performance are $38 for adults; $5 for 18 and under. For information, call the Webb Center Box Office at 928-684-6624 or visit The Webb Center is at 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg.

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