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Motown Mania 

When: Sun., May 30, 7 p.m., Mon., May 31, 12 p.m., Fri., June 4, 7 p.m., Thu., June 10, 7 p.m., Fri., June 11, 7 p.m. and Sat., June 12, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $31
www.piccolospoleto.com

The Motor City music scene fills the Black Box Theatre with a tribute to the golden era of Motown’s biggest hits. The dance company lets loose to a barrage of R&B soul classics from such giants of the era as The Supremes and The Jackson Five. Get ready for a throwback to a simpler time where dancing in the streets was common practice and no mountain was high enough. Presented by Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough..."
Resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr tackles the music that Detroit is known for in Motown Mania. Two wannabe musicians travel through the city on a moped and encounter uniquely Motown events portrayed through hit songs and choreography.

Lowcountry resident, Motor City native
This ballet hits close to home for CBT's Bahr, a Detroit native. She created the ballet not only to showcase Motown music, but also to focus on a city devastated by economic hardships.

A little history lesson
Did you know that Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" kick-started Motown's rise to fame? Berry Gordy Jr. started the recording company with an $800 loan from family. From 2009 to 2010, Motown held a celebration for the company's 50 years of prosperity and timelessly popular music. Bahr's musical selection will include selections from Motowners like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5. That's a lot of great songs packed into one night of dancing.

— Amy McLaren

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