Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:34 by Natasha Neale
Marking their 29th season and 29th new creation under the artistic leadership of Emily Molnar, Ballet BC begins its 2014-2015 season tonight with No.29. Featuring three performances, A.U.R.A, White Act, and An Instant, No.29 will showcase a dynamic and versatile range of dance. "It will grab you, excite you, and challenge your ideas of ballet," says Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar.
Combining classical integrity with a contemporary sensibility, Ballet BC is a company of 18 talented dancers from Canada and around the world that is committed to the ballet of today. Solidly grounded in the rigour and artistry of classical ballet, with an emphasis on innovation and the immediacy of the 21st century, the company presents a distinct and diverse repertoire of the most sought-after Canadian and international contemporary ballet choreography.
A.U.R.A (Anarchist Unit Related to Art)
Ballet BC Premiere
Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style. “I have a small obsession,” he says, “to get dancers to take their bodies and brains farther.” In his unique world, the dancers “move with raw physical strength…the resulting tableaux [are] stunning.” The provocative nature of A.U.R.A. combined with its virtuosic physicality proved highly successful with audiences and critics in Vancouver and abroad. Godani has created works for Netherlands Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Dance, The Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Magadan, a new voice in contemporary dance, reveres beauty, passion and nature, as well as the supernatural, and explores “…our constant attraction to everything that confronts and challenges the laws of physics against our mortal nature.” In this new work, he uses his clear artistic voice to create a complex, emotionally abundant world. Magadan has created work for Netherlands Dance Theater, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ballet Mainz, among others. Ballet BC is the first ballet company in Canada to commission his work.
Ballet BC Premiere
Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Could Have, Vancouver-born choreographer and dancer Lesley Telfordinvestigates “…the moment you wake up when chance, circumstance and unpredictability interrupt our planned lives. A critical moment may shift our direction in a split second.” Set to Weather by Michael Gordon, Telford’s work is beautifully poignant in its exploration of the fragile balance and illusion of life’s stability. Telford is the founder of Inverso Productions. Her work has been commissioned by Netherlands Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance and Compañia Nacional de Danza.
No. 29 plays at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, November 6-8, 2014. Tickets range from $30.00 to $80.00 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at ticketmaster.ca.
'Artists of Ballet BC,' Photo by Michael Slobodian