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Artistic Director Medhi Walerski

Medhi Walerski became Artistic Director of Ballet BC in July 2020. Raised in France, he initially trained in Normandy with Laurie Bokobza and Christine Caroly before joining the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Walerski danced at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet du Rhin before joining the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2001. For more than a decade he was an integral part of the company, contributing to the creative, innovative style that NDT is famed for. He was awarded the Dutch dance prize VSCD Zwaan in 2013.

Walerski has worked closely with many renowned choreographers, creating alongside and performing works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, and Wayne McGregor among others. Walerski’s choreographic debut was in 2008 for NDT 2. Since then he has created numerous acclaimed works for NDT and Ballet BC including Petite Cérémonie (2011), Chamber (2012), and Silent Tides (2021), as well as works for Bern Ballet, Goteborg Ballet, the Ballet State of Georgia, StaatBallet Hannover, Staattheater Wiesbaden and Charlotte Ballet. His newest creation, just BEFORE right AFTER, premiered in February 2022.

As an educator, he is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at dance conservatories and festivals around the world.

 

Choreographic works

Moume – Up and Coming Choreographers, Nederlands Dans Theater (2006)
Mammatus – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (2008)
Underneath – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2009)
Words Failed Me – Bern Ballet, Switzerland (2009)
LaLaLand – Goteborg Ballet, Sweden (2009)
Petite Ceremonie – Ballet BC, Canada (2011)
Blink of an Eye – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2011)
Chamber – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2012)
Prelude – Ballet BC (2014)
Aureum – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (2015)
GARDEN – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2016)
SOON – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2017)
Romeo + Juliet – Ballet BC, Canada  (2018)
ORAWA – Ballet State of Georgia (2018)
SWAY – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (2019)
Silent Tides – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (2021)
just BEFORE right AFTER – Ballet BC (2022)