In what it characterizes as “a myriad of new”, Ballet BC’s upcoming 30th anniversary season includes new works and new collaborations, all soon to be wrapped inside a new look.
“As we celebrate this special milestone, we’ll be embarking on a truly collaborative season and partnering with some of Vancouver finest artists and arts organizations,” says Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar.
The season opens in November with a triple bill featuring a world premiere of a New Work by Belgian-born Stijn Celis in collaboration Chor Leoni Men’s Choir; the Canadian premiere of Solo Echo by Vancouver-based Crystal Pite; and the reprisal of Cayetano Soto’s Twenty Eight Thousand Waves as he takes on the role of resident choreographer.
“Our audience’s response to Twenty Eight Thousand Waves last April was astonishing and confirmed our choice to invite Cayetano, a very unique voice in international dance, to work with us over the next three seasons,” says Molnar.
For the holidays, Ballet BC once again presents Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker that includes Tchaikovsky’s memorable score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and more than 100 children from local dance schools.
In March, the company presents a special commission by choreographer Medhi Walerski. The season will close in May with the reprisals of Emily Molnar’s 16+ a room, and Jorma Elo’s I and I am You, both of which had their world premieres with Ballet BC in 2013, as well as the Canadian premiere of Bill by Tel Aviv-based choreographer Sharon Eyal.
Ballet BC is also teaming up with Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery and British visual artists John Wood and Paul Harrison for a cross-disciplinary art and dance work that will premiere in early 2016.
In addition to its season, Ballet BC will also mark its 30th anniversary with the launch a new look to its wordmark and website in May.
“Ballet BC continues to establish itself as a leading force in contemporary ballet in Canada, particularly as we make our mark on the international dance scene,” says Branislav Henselmann, Ballet BC’s Executive Director. “With more local and international collaborations, we are strengthening the artistic fabric of the organization, while inviting new audiences to experience dance in an interdisciplinary way.”
Visit http://balletbc.com for more information on its 2015/2016 season.