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BOLD AND INNOVATIVE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMILY MOLNAR

Ballet BC’s 2016–17 season marks its 31st anniversary with a bold and innovative program of Canadian and world premieres by choreographers and collaborating artists that demonstrates tremendous breadth and depth of artistic vision.

The 2016–17 season opens in November with a full evening of works by Ballet BC resident choreographer, Cayetano Soto, who is one of the most vibrant voices of contemporary ballet in the world. At the forefront of this performance is Soto’s unique range of creativity and originality.

To celebrate the December holidays, Ballet BC presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s uniquely Canadian retelling of the beloved classic, Nutcracker. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, this heart-warming ballet is full of surprises, including traditional Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

In March, the company celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada with four distinctive voices of contemporary dance in Vancouver: Company 605, Lesley Telford, Wen Wei Wang, and Crystal Pite.

The season closes in May with a thrilling triple bill featuring a world premiere by Israeli-born Emanuel Gat, a new work created by Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar for the National Arts Centre’s prestigious dance series, and Minus 16 by iconic choreographer Ohad Naharin, a masterwork that has been thriving on the world stage for years.

“As Artistic Director now entering my eighth season, I feel an enormous sense of pride and gratitude,” says Molnar. “Where we are today is a result of a passionate collective effort that has transformed the company from the inside out, creating a close and meaningful conversation with our audience, donors, sponsors, and the broader community. With a sense of curiosity and dedication, it is my vision that we cultivate a presence and relevance for dance in society and that Ballet BC’s distinctive style continues to captivate audiences both at home and abroad.”


PROGRAM 1

Choreography
Cayetano Soto
November 3–5, 2016
VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
TIME: 8pm

PROGRAM 2
Choreography
Company 605
Lesley Telford
Crystal Pite
Wen Wei Wang
March 16–18, 2017
VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
TIME: 8pm

PROGRAM 3
Choreography
Emanuel Gat
Emily Molnar
Ohad Naharin
May 11–13, 2017
VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
TIME: 8pm

ADD-ON PERFORMANCE: ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET THE NUTCRACKER
December 8–11, 2016
VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

CAG x BALLET BC
Ballet BC teams up with Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery and British visual artists John Wood and Paul Harrison for a unique, cross-disciplinary art and dance work.
Premieres fall 2016

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