Co-presented by Youth Ballet & Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra and AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan, this fundraiser includes a gala dinner, silent auction and performance of excerpts from Ballet for Life.

The ballet, which was choreographed  by Maurice Bejart and is set to the music of Queen and Mozart, is intended to serve as a tribute to artists like Queen leader singer Freddie Mercury (pictured), Jorge Donn (a star dancer for Bejart) and Mozart himself who died at a young age.

Both Mercury and Donn died  of HIV/AIDS — Mercury in 1991, Donn in 1992. In addition to promoting awareness of the relatively high rate of HIV infection in Saskatchewan, Limelight is also is also geared to providing Youth Ballet & Contemporary Dance Saskatchewan with revenue to continue to grow its programming.

Currently, the company serves as a training ground for young and emerging dance artists in the province. When I spoke with company artistic director Richard Zimich recently he indicated that the company had ambitious plans to expand its scope of collaboration with other arts organizations in Regina with the goal of helping dance artists remain in the city and pursue professional careers here.

The gala dinner and silent auction are Sunday at 5:30 pm, with the performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the gala and show are $100 and are available from YBCS at 352-9908. Tickets for performance only are $35 adult, $25 student/senior, and are available from Conexus Arts Centre box office at 525-9999.

To give you a taste of Ballet For Life here’s the trailer for a DVD that was produced a few years ago.