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'Jungle Book' reimagined in Livermore

 
"Jangala," a creative fusion of contemporary ballet and south Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance, is performing this Tuesday (May 28) at the Bankhead Theater. (Contributed photo)

The Oakland Ballet is bringing "Jangala," a creative fusion of contemporary ballet and south Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance, to the Tri-Valley at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday (May 28) at the Bankhead Theater.

Inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book," it tells of Mowgli, a lost boy adopted by a pack of wolves who must use his wits to survive in the wild. This innovative take reimagines the animal characters and costumes of the jungle, setting it in an urban city, with an all-Indian musical score that mixes recordings of upbeat bhangra and Bollywood music with classical ragas and folkloric music from across India.

All seats are $20. Call 373-6800, visit lvpac.org, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Prior to the evening performance, two matinees will allow students from local elementary schools to see "Jangala," learn about the two forms of dance, and interact with the performers. The matinees, which are free to students, as well as the affordably-priced evening show have been underwritten by the Producers Circle Fund, which allows Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center to offer artistically adventurous programming.

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