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F is for femme fatale. Queen Cleopatra is given her due in this elaborate fusion of Spanish folk, flamenco and Egyptian dance.

Co-produced by Winnipeg’s Bolero Dance Theatre and Amar Egyptian Dance, the 75-minute dance/theatre extravaganza with its cast of gorgeously costumed 20 dancers also showcases a guest artist, Madrid’s Beatriz Barcelo, in the title role, as well as a six-piece orchestra led by musical director/pianist Howard Chan.

Admittedly, it’s a bit jarring at first to see flamenco dancers in Egypt. However, with a leap of faith, their castanet-clicking presence lends a fantasy feel to this epic work with narrator/harpist Michael McKay keeping things firmly on track.

Despite occasional lapses into cheesy melodrama, the show’s highlight is seeing Barcelo in action. Her exquisite artistry is matched only by BDT artistic director/founder Pedro Aurelio as Marc Antony, and when they dance seductively together near the end, it’s pure gold.

— Holly Harris

From the Fringe program:

This spectacular production, featuring guest dancer Beatriz Barcelo from Spain, focuses on Cleopatra's relationships with Caesar and then Marc Antony. A sample of Egypt's rich history is depicted through dramatic solos and rhythmic corps dances, as Spanish and Egyptian dance styles are combined in an original fusion work in collaboration with Amar Egyptian Dance. Exotic music will be performed with live instrumentation.

Director: Pedro Aurelio

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)

Warnings: None

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