Jan 9 - 27, 2019
Ballet BC ensemble Folded over in a row leaning onto of each other

Ballet BC

Presented by One Yellow Rabbit and Alberta Ballet

 

Re-discover Ballet BC in its triumphant return to the Jubilee stage after a 10-year hiatus, showcasing premiere Canadian talent in this tantalizing triple bill.

 

With its fresh take on a traditional art form, brilliantly fusing ballet and modern dance, the company’s provocative choreography has exploded onto the world stage to great acclaim.

Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, Emily Molnar C.M., has been hailed one of Canada’s “new generation of ballet sensations”, as she has steered the company into a golden era of innovation and collaboration since 2009.

The program consists of:

SOLO ECHO

CHOREOGRAPHY: Crystal Pite

MUSIC: Johannes Brahms

 

Inspired by two Brahms sonatas for cello and piano, creative personal touchstones for the artist throughout her career, and the poem “Lines for Winter” by Mark Strand, Crystal Pite continues her lifelong artistic exploration of tension and its resolution. Solo Echo moves from aggression to yearning, from the individual to the collective, travelling the pathways from conflict to acceptance.

 

ENEMY IN THE FIGURE

CHOREOGRAPHY: William Forsythe

MUSIC: Thom Willems

 

Enemy in the Figure is a dark and thrilling poem about vision and perception, form and chaos. Light—as integral to the performance as its choreography—intensifies the ephemeral beauty of the movement.

In a universe alternately frenetic and calm, Enemy in the Figure presents a non-narrative of mystery and urgency, isolation and connection, the mechanical and the human: dance as a medium for infinite possibilities.

A new experience for even the most seasoned patrons, Ballet BC’s exalted and exquisite dancers will shatter your assumptions of what ballet can be.

 

PETITE CÉRÉMONIE

CHOREOGRAPHY: Medhi Walerski

MUSIC: Selections by Mozart, Puccini, Rogers & Hart and Vivaldi

 

Originally choreographed for Ballet BC in 2011, this work is a powerful and poetic full-company piece created by rising European dance star, Medhi Walerski. Intrigued by the idea of “life in a box”, Petite Cérémonie is a surprising and delightful mix of dance and theatre, full of imagery and adventure.

CHOREOGRAPHY

Medhi Walerski

Crystal Pite

William Forsythe

MUSIC

Selections by Mozart, Puccini, Rogers & Hart and Vivaldi

Johannes Brahms

Thom Willems

Ballet BC is co-presented by One Yellow Rabbit and Alberta Ballet.

One of Canada’s premier dance companies, Alberta Ballet is committed to an artistic vision of powerfully exciting dance.

What they're saying

"Cultivating a new landscape of ballet."
- New York Times

"Ever pushing the envelope, defying expectations, and defying the odds, the premiere dance company has become the go to in terms of avant garde performance art."
- LORDS of Dogwood

Details

Ballet BC

Artistic Director: Emily Molnar

Solo Echo
Choreography: Crystal Pite
Music: Johannes Brahms          
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo         
Performed by Claudius Herrman, cello; Saiko Sasaki, piano
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Lighting Design
Tom Visser

Set Design
Jay Gower Taylor

Costume Design
Crystal Pite and Joke Visser

Staging
Eric Beauchesne


Lines for Winter by Mark Strand
Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going.
And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final owing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.


Enemy in the Figure

Choreography, Set Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems

 

Petite Cérémonie 
Choreography and Scenic Design: Medhi Walerski
Music: Selections by Mozart, Puccini, Rogers & Hart and Vivaldi
Compiled by Medhi Walerski

Lighting Design
Bonnie Beecher

Costume Design
Linda Chow

 

A group of people searching for the right space, the perfect balance. Men and Women. Different brains. Boxes and wires trying to connect, to create a congruent image.

As a starting point, I asked the dancers to tell me what “life in a box” meant to them. This is what came out. 

 

I would like to thank the dancers for their work, creativity and positivity, as well as Sylvain Senez and Emily Molnar for their support.



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