In their 8th year of delivering unique, inspiring and high-energy performances, Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions is excited to introduce their first Dance Theatre Production of The Lion King, A Brothers’ Tale, an Original Dance Theatre Adaptation with the local communities and people who come from all over the state of Maine to see it. With a riveting added twist to the story, never before seen or told, this dance company blends multiple dance styles, music and format to retell this epic classic on stage – NOT to be missed.
Written, choreographed and directed by Kea Tesseyman (Owner of Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions), she lets the audience in on the background of the making of this Original Adaptation:
“When I was nine, I received The Lion King soundtrack from the Disney classic for Christmas and my parents did everything they could to keep me from crashing off of couches and tables as I bounced around the house as my favorite animals, uplifted and inspired by the music and story of The Lion King,” Tesseyman, long time teacher in her 16th year of instructing and an innovator of choreography and student connection to movement, reflects on her first years becoming inspired by this classic story. “I think I always had a fondness for these tales that brought the hero out of the under dog, the epic challenges to rise above trials and tribulations, or preserve the sacredness of the earth – the classic battle between light and dark, good vs evil. When life handed me particular challenges, these stories were sort of my inspiration that I wasn’t just surviving through hard times, but rising above them, growing integrity, grit and grace in all that I did, to become better for myself and those around me.”
Tesseyman was inspired two years ago by the music from the Original Broadway Cast of The Lion King. “The music lifted my chest and as tears poured down my face – I knew it was time for me to bring this story to the stage – and do it justice. I reflected on a project I created a few years ago – a Dance and Short Film Event, Power Performance, where we addressed the “bullying epidemic” and how a bully becomes a bully. This thought came back to me when thinking of the character from The Lion King, Scar. Was he always so hateful and full of evil? Or did something happen to him that hurt him so deeply and changed him into the character everyone loves to hate? Then there’s the beloved and honorable King Mufasa, who rules with integrity and dignity, who is also shown in a different light – was he always so honorable?
“My belief is that integrity is grown through living life on life’s terms and while we may not always make the right choices at first, it’s up to us to learn from them and make a point to choose right the next chance we get. I also believe that pain, suffering and loss can create so much hurt that the easy way out is hate and resentment – the hard way out is to forgive and accept. While that’s still a choice we can make, they don’t call it a “hard choice” for no reason.”
Tesseyman thoughtfully intertwines everyday challenges for humans into these fantasy characters on stage, and her hope is to bring the audience onto the stage with her company, to feel, identify and think about how they can relate to one or multiple characters during the show, and be a part of the story, even from the seats. “I think because it’s hard to forgive those that hurt us, and it’s hard to accept what is, it makes those who chose love over hate, light over dark, and freedom over suffering, who we are and makes us great in time. See what happens when these characters who you can identify with, choose one way over the other on stage, and they won’t seem so much like animals by the time the curtains close.”
Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Production’s Original Dance Theatre Adaptation of The Lion King, A Brothers’ Tale, will give the audience the company’s view of the fragile preservation of the beauty and good in the world, which is our responsibility to maintain for the generations ahead. With uplifting songs and dance scenes showcasing the pride of the animals and their love of the earth, this incredible story of The Lion King, A Brothers’ Tale, an Original Dance Theatre Adaptation, will revoke the age-old story of good versus evil,
light versus dark, the thin line in which they meet and the moral dilemmas that come with following you heart, seeking the truth, finding your power and having the courage to do the right thing.
With a cast of over fifty dancers ranging in ages from 6 to 60, using styles ranging from Horton, Contemporary, African and Broadway Jazz, to Hip Hop, Krumping, Martial Arts and Ballroom and more, this two hour Dance Theatre Production is jam packed with incredible characters that will make you laugh and cry, jump in shock, fall in love and hopefully – get up and dance!