Here’s a cool idea for your Valentine’s sweetheart: take them to the ballet. Ballet BC’s February offering, Grace Symmetry, will get you sizzling in all of the right places.
Bite-Sized Dance: 3-For-1 Performances
New to ballet? Or an all-time dance enthusiast? Ballet BC’s Grace Symmetry is broken into three short, digestible chunks. The under 30-minute performances are a great introduction to Ballet BC’s steps into modern dance for new audiences. All of the three ‘acts’ feature explosive movement and fresh ideas from the scene’s hottest artists and choreographers.
- In Motion (Wen Wei Wang)
- World Premiere (Kevin O’Day)
- World Premiere (Medhi Walerski)
In Motion: Ballet BC Dancers Alexis Fletcher & Gilbert Small
Local Success Story: Wen Wei Wang
Image: Paul Joseph
Audience favourite Wen Wei Kang recently picked up the 2013 RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award, which bookends the choreographer’s meteoric rise to fame in Canada’s dance world. “I was lucky because dance is a universal language,” says Wang. For In Motion, Wang created his own unique dance language to explore the diversity of his life experiences and the connections between people.
“My work is not modern, it’s not ballet, it’s not classical Chinese dance, and yet it is all of these things.” Wang was a dancer in China before coming to Canada in 1991, where he performed for several years with Ballet BC.
New Daring Work
Ballet BC takes chances on new works as well as revisiting old favourites. Check out Ballet BC’s video trailer here:
This World Premiere by American-born Kevin O’Day, Artistic Director of Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim, couples his sophisticated understanding of music and movement with his creative spirit, inspiring daring, risk-taking dance that complements the innovative style and vision of both TPE and Ballet BC.
European dance star Medhi Walerski, renowned for the unpredictability and dazzling landscape of his movement and ideas, creates another Ballet BC World Premiere to music by Russian-born American Lera Auerbach and performed by TPE. In 2011, he created Petite Cérémonie for the Company, a work that was wildly popular with Vancouver audiences as well as with audiences this past summer in the U.S. and Canada.
Value For Money: Free Pre-Show Talks
A little lost? Get up close and personal with the choreographers – all of whom will be offering pre-show talks on different nights. Discover their personal stories, and how that influences the work on stage.
There’s also a Ballet BC Young Patrons Group Pre-Show Reception on February 22.
Grace Symmetry Ticket Information
Dates: February 20 to 22, 2014
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $30 – Buy online or call Ticketmaster (855-985-ARTS)
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