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Troupe bridges cultures with songs, dance at Snowmass

Snowmass Sun Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Courtesy photoUp with People will perform Saturday evening on Fanny Hill at Snowmass.

SNOWMASS – When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the Fanny Hill stage at Snowmass Saturday, audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest.

Up with People’s new production is titled “A Song for the World,” which features the energy and talent of a cast of 85 representing 20 countries.

The two-hour performance, starting at 8 p.m., includes both original and popular music. Expect a dynamic blend of feature soloists, full-cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes. Throughout the show, international cast members will provide the audience with a glimpse of their own national traditions and cultures through music and dance, with musical stops in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Expect to see salsa, hip-hop and cha-cha dances, as well as modern and country styles.

“The whole show is about trying to give people a message about hope,” said spokeswoman Sisa Cernaska.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for kids and students, available at City Market or at the venue on Saturday.

While they’re here, performers will round out their local experience by working with Habitat for Humanity in Rifle, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Youth Zone and the Aspen Animal Shelter.

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“We’re trying to build a bridge between cultures and show people we can dance together and sing together,” Cernaska said. “Our language is dance. Even if I don’t understand English, I still understand dance.”

The troupe started out their week in suburban Denver and head to Durango after the Snowmass performance.

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