Ballet Kelowna’s The Unreal Season:

Featuring four world premieres, two company premieres, and our first commissioned full-length ballet

PHOTO EMILY COOPER / DANCERS DESIREE BORTOLUSSI & VALENTIN CHOU / Wardrobe: Bliss Bridal / Location: Mission Lakeshore, Kelowna, BC

PHOTO EMILY COOPER / DANCERS DESIREE BORTOLUSSI & VALENTIN CHOU / Wardrobe: Bliss Bridal / Location: Mission Lakeshore, Kelowna, BC

The Unreal Season explores humanity’s strengths and weaknesses through movement, music, and art.

This season, we continue our initiative to support the development of female choreographers while also introducing audiences to new works by prominent Canadian artists. We are proud to be the first Canadian ballet company in over forty years to commission a female Canadian choreographer to create a full-length work. 

 Join us this season as we bring full expression to Canada’s creative spirit and celebrate the talent and diversity of our country’s unreal dance artists.

Dawn November 1 + 2, 2019

Dawn awakens audiences with a thrilling mixed program that explores the breadth of human expression. Guillaume Côté brings strength and fragility to a fascinating interpretation of the beloved “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel. A “riveting tour de force” (Dance Magazine), Bolero will feature National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson. Following the success of her debut work Petrushka, Heather Dotto brings to life a study of energy and force through an electrically charged new work. Simone Orlando’s Doppeling provides mesmerizing commentary on conformity and individuality that is playful, serene, and exceptionally fun.   

Twilight February 14 + 15, 2020

Twilight, our newest collection of dance, contemplates love and our connection to people and place. Award-winning choreographer Eva Kolarova promises to stimulate the senses and provoke thought with a work that explores ideas of loneliness and separation, and the urgency to form relationships with others. Originally created for Ballet BC, Joe Laughlin’s on wings captures the romantic rush of a big classical
ballet in this intimate work for nine dancers exploring the fleeting torments of love. In his first work for the Company, Montreal-based choreographer Kunal Ranchod explores the juxtaposition between the intricate rhythmic structures of classical Indian music and the precise shape and line of classical ballet.  

Macbeth May 1 + 2, 2020

Our season culminates with Ballet Kelowna’s first commissioned full-length ballet, Macbeth, by Canadian dance luminary Alysa Pires. With its themes of ambition, power, and corruption, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is more relevant than ever. Pires lends her signature athleticism and theatricality to this contemporary adaptation of the iconic tragedy exploring the dark side of human nature. An original score of toil and trouble by Canadian composer Adam Sakiyama and stunning visuals by Okanagan artist Jane Everett set the scene for this exploration of psychological decay. 

Don’t miss this milestone dance event of the decade!



Subscribe by September 8, 2019 to guarantee your seat and enjoy these subscriber benefits:

  • Save up to 15% off single ticket prices

  • Chance to win a pair of tickets to a Kelowna Actors Studio 2018/19 production

  • First pick on tickets to add-on performance:  The Canadian School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker

  • An exclusive invitation to attend a spectacular post-show reception May 1, 2020 following the world premiere of Macbeth

Subscription prices include tax, ticketing fees, and the $1.75+GST Capital Improvement Fee charged by the Kelowna Community Theatre.  What you see is what you pay!

FOR RENEWING SUBSCRIBERS: Your preferred seats from last season are being held until September 8, 2019. Should you wish to change your seats for the 2019/20 season, please call Kelowna Tickets at 250-862-2867 as soon as possible.

FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS: If you are not finding seats that you like, please call Kelowna Tickets at 250-862-2867 before September 8, 2019. Other seating options may become available during the subscription renewal period.

Add-on Performance:

The Nutcracker, December 13 – 15, 2019

Presented by The Canadian School of Ballet with guest artists from Ballet Kelowna.

Ballet Kelowna subscribers enjoy their same seats to The Nutcracker.  Please call Kelowna Tickets at 250.862.2867 to add-on The Nutcracker

All performances take place at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna BC.

2019 | 20 Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets now on sale.