A Streetcar Named Desire –  BC Tour

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Ballet Kelowna, under the leadership of Simone Orlando, presents the power and passion of the full-length ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire. Choreographed by John Alleyne, for Ballet BC’s 2005/06 season, the Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic tells the story of two sisters - one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-WW2 life in America. Hailed as "an impressive achievement" (The Globe and Mail), this remount is dear to Orlando, who performed the principal role of Blanche Dubois during the 2006 world premiere in Vancouver. Experience nine Ballet Kelowna dancers supported by emerging artists from the Victoria Academy of Ballet perform this stunning work, set to the original jazz score by BC-based composer Tobin Stokes.


Choreography: John Alleyne
Composer: Tobin Stokes
Length: 2 hours

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


Canadiana Suite

 PHOTO: © MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

PHOTO: © MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

Ballet Kelowna’s Canadiana Suite program is an uplifting artistic tribute to Canada’s rich cultural heritage featuring contemporary works by Canada’s top dancemakers.

1723 – Vivaldi is a mesmerizing sextet created by acclaimed Canadian choreographer Wen Wei Wang. The work features gorgeous partnering, extreme extensions, and complex pointe work for the women.

Alysa Pires’ MAMBO gets the audience moving in their seats when they hear the music. This is a joyful ensemble piece set to Latin swing and jazz tunes sung by Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, and Perry Como.

Eight and Sand is an explosive ensemble piece by Gioconda Barbuto that explores the history of the Canadian railroad through the theme of “building and journey”. “Eight and Sand” is a term used to wish train crews a quick, uneventful journey.

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.

Number of dancers: 8
Length: 110 minutes (including one intermission)

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