150 Moves: A Celebration of Canadian Dance!


Ballet Kelowna celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with fresh and exciting classical and contemporary dance and music. Works for 150 Moves by established and emerging Canadian choreographers will delight audiences of all ages.

In Studies of Cash, the Company pays tribute to country legend Johnny Cash. With a heart-rending mix of Cash recordings, Ballet Kelowna Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando’s soulful, stylistic work explores classical lyricism, folk-dance, and rhythm ’n’ blues.

The Romeo and Juliet balcony scene pas-de-deux is freshly interpreted by Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish and set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score.

The program will finish with a vibrant new work set to Oscar Peterson’s iconic Canadiana SuiteCo-created by award-winning choreographers Simone Orlando and Donald Sales, this energetic group piece pays tribute to the regions and cultures of Canada through an expressive blend of classical ballet and jazz.

Each performance is hosted by Ms. Orlando who provides entertaining and informative commentary on each work and following the production, moderates an audience-led Q&A session with the Company.

Length:  90 minutes with 1 intermission

Number of Dancers: 8
For further information please contact:
Simone Orlando, Artistic Director & CEO
P: 250-762-6105 E: ad.ceo@balletkelowna.ca


SCHOOL PROGRAM
Now, What, Like, When


Commissioned by Ballet Kelowna, this visionary new work was created by youth and for youth - reflecting on the issues, challenges, and emotions they face today. To develop the work, Mrozewski and revered Canadian composer Owen Belton worked with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, UBC Okanagan, The Canadian School of Ballet, and Studio 9 Independent School to engage more than 50 youth (ages 8 to 20) in a dialogue on dance, art, and life. Text and audio recordings from these workshops are woven into an original score, while Ballet Kelowna company members articulate the young people’s hopes, dreams, and struggles through an expressive blend of classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Length: 35 minutes followed by Question & Answer session led by Artistic Director Simone Orlando

Choreography: Matjash Mrozewski

MusicOwen Belton

Number of Dancers: 6
For further information please contact:
Simone Orlando, Artistic Director & CEO
P: 250-762-6105 E: ad.ceo@balletkelowna.ca