“Animado” means “lively” in Spanish and serves as the name for Barrage’s latest show. Music and dance styles of Old World Europe — Spanish, Celtic, Italian, French, Russian and Ukrainian — are the ingredients for “Animado!”
The international cast performs an eclectic mix of music and dance with something for everyone — from Celtic jigs to classical, Latin to bluegrass. While there are plenty of ensemble numbers, Barrage also features the performers as soloists, in trios and as “Dueling Fiddlers.” The elaborately choreographed show includes whirling dancing set to infectious rhythms that energize an audience from start to finish.
“Barrage is all light and heat, warmth and pure joy,” said Sid Smith of the Chicago Tribune. “This amazing show, ideal for the whole family, is about as blithe, blissful and beguiling as entertainment gets.”
The concept for Barrage began when some violin teachers and players from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, were looking to create an outlet for exploring repertoire and performance styles. After performing locally for many years, the troupe went professional in 1996. Since then Barrage has entertained millions of people around the globe and has been featured in television specials on several international networks, including PBS in the United States, the BBC in the United Kingdom and the CBC in Canada.
Originally known as the Fiddlers GF, the group came to Port Angeles once in that guise about 15 years ago, then returned a few years later as Barrage.