MAMBO – Fall for Dance North

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Toronto, ON

Tuesday October 2, 2018 – 7:30pm
Thursday October 4, 2018 – 7:30pm

Ryserson Theatre
350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3


Toronto Debut & Premiere

Using Latin Swing and Jazz standards by greats like Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughan, Perry Como, and more, MAMBO celebrates the joy of life. Sweet, silly, sensual, and sassy, MAMBO utilizes familiar music to invite its audience into a world of pure delight. MAMBO was created in the depths of winter in response to not only the cold weather, but to a world that feels increasingly chaotic and bleak. As in the long history of escapism in theatre, MAMBO creates a warm, fuzzy, joyful retreat and reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is light and love and music and dance! If even for a moment, leave your worries behind and MAMBO with us. 

Choreography: Alysa Pires
Music: Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London, Xavier Cugat, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, Louis Prima
Length: TBA

For further information please contact:
Simone Orlando, Artistic Director & CEO
P: 250-762-6105 E:


A Streetcar Named Desire –  BC Tour

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West Vancouver, BC 

Tuesday October 16, 2018 – 7:30pm

Kay Meek Arts Centre
1700 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver, BC
V7V 2G7



Chilliwack, BC 

Thursday October 18, 2018 – 7:30pm

Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre
9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack, BC
V2P 4A6

More Information Coming Soon.


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
Music: Tobin Stokes
Length: 2 hours

For further information please contact:
Simone Orlando, Artistic Director & CEO
P: 250-762-6105 E:

Maple Ridge, BC 

Saturday October 20, 2018 – 8:00pm

The ACT Arts Centre
11944 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge, BC
V2X 6G1

More Information Coming Soon.


Duncan, BC

Thursday October 25, 2018 – 7:30pm

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
2687 James St, Duncan, BC
V9L 2X5

or call: 250.748.7529


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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.

ROOMS by internationally renowned Italian-Canadian choreographer Gioconda Barbuto is about creating mood or a certain atmosphere through physical movement and how the expression of this mood unfolds.

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: