Rushing Wild Performing Arts Company, which has been based in Vernon the past eight years, has been invited by the secretary of culture in Mexico to perform at the International Festival of Dance in July.
“There are teams from Spain, Paraguay, Japan, U.S. and Mexico. We are excited to be the only company representing Canada,” said Rushing Wild’s artistic director Gloria Perrier, adding the company has travelled to Nepal, Toronto, Paris and have performed locally numerous times since forming.
“We have been working in Mexico the last four years, performing at different locations in Zihuatanejo and Morelia. This year, we will be taking a team of about eight people to Morelia for this festival. Our cast is made up of Canadians and Mexicans.”
In support of their impending trip to Mexico and to support the ongoing work of Rushing Wild, a local fundraiser is being held May 21 at the Fellowship Hall in Vernon Alliance Church.
The event will feature a special dinner prepared by Christine Beham, previous owner of Crush Bistro, while Vernon’s own Manfred Harter will perform Spanish guitar for the evening.
Special guest Erika Valeria Camacho Domínguez from Morelia will perform a piece Rushing Wild will be bringing to the festival in Mexico, while a silent auction will feature items brought by Andy and Maureen Nyhuis from Zihuatanejo.
The event will also feature a live auction, auctioneered by Valley Auction, with cakes, pies and other items on the block for bidding.
“We are grateful for the generosity of many businesses in Vernon, Armstrong, Kelowna and Nelson that have donated items for the live auction,” said Perrier. “We would love for you to come and enjoy this special evening with us.”
The Thursday, May 21 fundraiser at the Fellowship Hall in Vernon Alliance starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the north and south-end Blenz coffee shops.