Ballet BC dancer Kirsten Wicklund. Photo by Michael Slobodian.
Ballet BC dancer Kirsten Wicklund. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

Ballet BC’s upcoming 32nd season will consist of three programs including world premieres and international choreographers.

Now in her ninth season with Ballet BC, artistic director Emily Molnar’s hope for the new season is to expose audiences to unique experiences which she says can be transformational.

“It can transform a city, a room, a person, a way of seeing things,” Molanar says in a media release. “Always curious, it is my vision to explore and foster growth for dance globally and expose unique experiences to audiences wherever Ballet BC is on stage.”

Ballet BC’s 2017/2018 season begins with Program 1 (Nov 2-4) featuring a new work by the company’s resident choreographer Cayetano Soto and the North American debut of B.R.I.S.A. by Swedish-born Johan Inger.

Soto’s new new work for the full company will showcase his integrated vision as choreographer, costume and lighting designer, while. Inger’s B.R.I.S.A. explores the themes of awakening and change.

Program 2 (Feb 22-24) will be a Ballet BC first with a fresh retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet by returning French choreographer, Medhi Walerski. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this full-length commission showcases Walerski’s signature style with a contemporary familiarity to the story of Romeo and Juliet.

“The vision of love that Shakespeare gave us in this master work is very precious,” says Walerski. “It is like holding a jewel in your hand that needs to be protected.”

In December, Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker (Dec 28-30). A favourite with Vancouver audiences, this year’s Nutcracker will include Tchaikovsky’s musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The season closes with a trio of works in Program 3 (May 10-12) including the remount of Soto’s Beginning After, the return of Bill by long-time creative partners Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and a world premiere by Molnar.

Created for Ballet BC in 2016, Beginning After explores the often ambiguous, murky space between memory and truth. With Bill, Israeli duo Eyal and Behar use a mix of dance, music and design to shift from large to smaller groups, and morph into solos. In Molnar’s new work she collaborates with Vancouver’s award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir with a tapestry of voice and movement.

Season subscriptions to the 2017/2017 Ballet BC are now sale with single tickets on sale September 5. Visit http://balletbc.com for more information.