Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration


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Ballet Kelowna’s Canadiana Suite is mixed program of dance featuring four works commissioned in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Unfolding is a mesmerizing quartet created by renowned Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and is set to Postcards from the Sky by Marjan Mozetich, one of the most broadcast classical composers in Canada.  The immense spaciousness of the music is reflected in the dancers’ expansive movement and soaring jumps and lifts.

Elephant in a Room, choreographed by award-winning artist Donald Sales, is danced to a medley of spirituals associated with the ‘underground railroad’. Sales’ choreography reveals the strength and courageous spirit of those who risked everything to escape slavery and seek refuge in Canada.

Audiences will then be swept back in time to the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway with Gioconda Barbuto’s Eight and Sand.  This explosive ensemble piece explores the theme of “building and journey” and is performed to Gordon Lightfoot’s poetic Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

The program culminates with a work co-created by former Ballet BC Principal Dancers Simone Orlando and Donald Sales, set to Canadiana Suite by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson.  This lively group piece pays tribute to the regions of Canada through an expressive blend of classical ballet and jazz.

The Canadiana Suite program is an uplifting artistic tribute to Canada’s rich cultural heritage and striking landscape that promises to make audiences proud to be Canadian.

Length:  90 minutes with 1 intermission

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


Elles: Extraordinary Dance Created by Women

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Ballet Kelowna devotes this mixed program of dance to four talented female choreographers.  With a world premieres by celebrated Canadian choreographers Alysa Pires and Gioconda Barbuto, plus Folie à Cinq by Heather Myers and Glas by Gabrielle Lamb, this program promises to deliver the very best of contemporary ballet from the perspective of women.

World Premiere
Choreography: Gioconda Barbuto
Music: TBA

World Premiere
Choreography: Alysa Pires
Music: TBA

Folie à Cinq
Choreography: Heather Myers
Music: Michael Oesterle

Glas
Choreography: Gabrielle Lamb
Music: Andrew Byrd

Length: TBA

Number of Dancers: TBA
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.
 

Choreography: Matjash Mrozewski

MusicOwen Belton

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

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