Ballet BC’s 29th anniversary is coming up, and its opening foray is a trio of pieces all focused on explosive movement. Featuring the choreographic talents of Fernando Hernando Magadan, Lesley Telford and Jacopo Godani, No. 29 sashays across the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage for three nights only, November 6 to 8.
“Dance has the power to transform a room, a person, a way of seeing things. With this program we will have commissioned 29 new works over the past five years by dance makers from around the world.” says Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “No. 29 is an evening that will showcase a dynamic and versatile range of dance while offering an engaging experience for audiences. It will grab you, excite you and challenge your ideas of ballet.”
Video: A.U.R.A – Anarchist Unit Related to Art
Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is a sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style.
“I have a small obsession,” Godani 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.
Fernando Hernando Magadan is a thrilling new voice in choreography and his new work, White Act is inspired by La Sylphide – one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets. White Act “explores the idea of the unattainable and the dream of inaccessible ideas – our inherent temptation for the unknown, our intent to embody the supernatural through the human form, and our insatiable desire to find true love, sometimes with dramatic consequences,” says Magadan.
Ballet BC is the first ballet company in Canada to commission Magadan’s work.
Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Could Have, Vancouver-born choreographer and dancer Lesley Telford investigates, “… 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 composer Michael Gordon, An Instant is beautifully poignant in its exploration of the fragile balance and illusion of life’s stability.
When: November 6 to 8, 8 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Photo Credit: Michael Slobodian
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