In the fall of 2015, Ballet BC and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir shared the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for Program 1, in a spectacular collaborative work featuring the confluence of choral music and contemporary ballet. But the artistic directors at the helm of both companies, Emily Molnar and Erick Lichte respectively, have much more than just that show in common.
Both are producing groundbreaking work while making a praiseworthy effort to support their wider arts community. And now, they’ll share another credit: Artslandia “Arts Ambassador.”
Our inaugural year in Vancouver was warmly welcomed by Chor Leoni A.D. Erick Lichte, an all-around brilliant person who impressed us so much from the start that we offered him the honourific of Arts Ambassador. The role is that of an advocate—a point-person who connects Vancouverites to the performing arts in our city. In the midst of us embarking on the second issue, Ballet BC’s A.D. Emily Molnar is gracefully stepping into this same role, with Eric “passing the baton,” as it were, to her. For us, this was an easy choice, as Emily embodies a spirit of excellence, collaboration and generosity.
So what can we expect from Emily Molnar in the year ahead? Well, no shortage of “firsts”. Ballet BC, one of the most innovative contemporary ballet companies on the globe, will premiere several works next March in Program 2 by talented local choreographers—Company 605, Wen Wei Wang, Crystal Pite and Lesley Telford— highlighting Emily’s consistent commitment to honouring the artistic excellence proliferating in this city.
Emily is currently touring with the company in the UK, New York and Ottawa, but we look forward to seeing her at our launch party in September, an arts social where we ring in the start of a brand-new performing arts season. Emily will also be offering us her voice, both in print edition of Artslandia Magazine and as a contributor to Artslandia Vancouver online. And when CAG x BALLET BC premieres this season—the incredibly exciting collaboration between Ballet BC, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and UK-based artists Paul Wood and John Harrison—Artslandia will be right there to see it culminate on stage. We’re privileged to be a megaphone to amplify this unique, cross-disciplinary art and dance work, and we simply cannot wait to share it with you all.
In her own words, Emily follows her “passion to nurture artists and choreographers, educate and support the research and development of dance and artistic leadership, and explore the role of the artist in society.” What a perfect ambassador for Vancouver’s upcoming performing arts season.
Charlotte Priest is a movement artist, yogi and writer in her third year of the contemporary dance program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is currently interested in ritual, site-specific performance, nightmares, and the life cycle of the magnolia tree. Her work has been published in the Dance Current and online at cowbird.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Artslandia team!