“Talented, smart, and ecofriendly Luna Mantra will expand your musical horizons”
— Troy Moon, Pensacola News Journal
“Luna Mantra continues to build a huge following among the local rock enthusiasts and the more upscale arts world.”
— Sam Baltrusis, Independent News
“Fantastic! I would recommend them to anyone.”
– Bobby Ball, Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director
Luna Mantra with Ballet Pensacola
There’s something powerful, even magical, when a classic ballet shifts into a pas de deux dance. Two bodies intertwined. Working together. In unison.
In the Ballet Pensacola “Celebration of Dance” concert, two worlds mesh into one cohesive unit in the show’s grand finale. The world fusion trio, Luna Mantra, and lauded choreographer, Lee Wei Chao, have collaborated on the “Celebration of Dance” finale. It’s both a literal and metaphorical pas de deus.
“Ballet Pensacola’s Bobby Ball saw us perform at the Pensacola Museum of Art and he spoke to us after the show,” explains Luna Mantra’s leader Michael Kinser. Kinser spent the Saturday before Mardi Gras collaborating with Chao. “After seeing Lee Wai’s interpretation of our music, I was amazed,” explains Kinser. “At first, I was honored to be a part of this whole thing, and after seeing his vision, I’m excited to be performing.”
“I was really interested in the Spanish feel to the music,” says Chao, “There was this underlying passion brewing that represented to me the feelings of love. I have a solo that starts as pure love and a pas de deux that sort of climaxes into passion. There are a lot of layers of pattern and movement.The acclaimed choreographer crafted his dance to the flamenco-flavored tunes. The universal story of love.”
Luna Mantra features brothers Michael Kinser (guitar) and Joshua Kinser (percussion) and Will Fink (violin). Ballet Pensacola’s dancers will perform Lee Wei Chao’s choreography.
Kinser, a regular with the IN “Best of the Coast”, was a hit with his fusion trio at the Pensacola Museum of Art’s Gallery Night Celebration. Luna Mantra continues to build a huge following among the local rock enthusiasts and the more upscale arts world. Chao, is a former Milwaukee Ballet dancer and performed with the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. His critically acclaimed choreography has been added to the repertoires of major professional dance companies throughout the country.
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