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Les Feux Follets returns to The Charlottetown Festival

March 6, 2012

(Charlottetown, PE March 6, 2012) - Les Feux Follets is making a welcome return to The Charlottetown Festival on the dancing feet of the 2012 Confederation Centre Young Company. The popular show, a lively and colourful showcase of Canada's rich cultural makeup, will open July 1st at the Confederation Centre's outdoor amphitheatre, and play at noon daily, Mondays through Saturdays until August 19th. As always, admission to Young Company performances is free. The show, which premiered on The Charlottetown Festival main stage in 1972, employs song, dance and vivid costuming to tell the story of Canada's peoples. The new 55-minute show will honour the basic shape of former Artistic Director Alan Lund's original two-and-half-hour masterpiece. Divided into distinct historic segments, Les Feux Follets describes, in music and movement, the evolution of the Canadian citizen. Beginning with the First Nations and aboriginal communities, it follows the arrival of European settlers, the use of Asian immigrants to construct the national railroad and explores the influence of Eastern cultures. Quebec and Acadian influences are also richly detailed.

Les Feux Follets was first adapted as a Young Company offering during The Charlottetown Festival's fortieth anniversary in 2004. It was reprised in 2005 and 2006.

"The visual spectacle of Les Feux Follets combined with the undeniable energy of our home-grown young Island artists, will delight audiences from children to adult," expresses Anne Allan, artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival and director of the 2012 version of Les Feux Follets. "Infused with exhilarating dance numbers and music that highlights the different cultures that are part of our wonderful country, Canada; the show will fill you with the pride of what it means to be Canadian."

Les Feux Follets is arguably the inspiration for the "We Are Canadian" series, which is designed to identify and celebrate the great diversity of Canadians found throughout our various communities, cultures and provinces.

The "We Are Canadian" series of Young Company shows began in 2007 with Alberta Fusion. It was followed by, Quebec a la carte in 2008. Prince Edward Island was the focus of the 2009 show, Abegweit: Soul of the Island, which was featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, where it received tremendous praise. Abegweit: Soul of the Island returned home from Vancouver to a hero's welcome in summer, 2010.

In 2011, the Young Company made history when it presented, The Talking Stick, the first play in the Festival's 47-year history to engage an all-First-Nations cast.

The Confederation Centre Young Company, sponsored by TD Bank Group, is a training program allowing young performers from coast to coast to obtain experience in a professional theatre setting. Not only do company members take part in live performances throughout The Charlottetown Festival season, they also receive intensive dance, voice, and acting training from a host of Canada's top entertainment professionals.

The names of the 2012 Young Company cast will be announced following the conclusion of auditions in early March.

It is the contributions of our community partners that make it possible to bring our stages to life. The Charlottetown Festival's major sponsor is APM. Media sponsors are The Guardian, CTV, HOT 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Photo cutline: Les Feux Follets performed by Young Company Cast 2004.

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