Our 30th anniversary goes out with a spectacular bang, with work by two audience favourites and a newcomer who is making waves around the world. Celebrate the spring, the season, and the spirit of dance with these three amazing works.

3.1 World Premiere - Ballet BC 2013

16+ a room

Choreography
Emily Molnar
Music
Dirk P. Haubrich

Enter 16+ a room. Emily Molnar, Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, has created a dynamic world for 16 dancers set to a driving musical landscape by German composer Dirk Haubrich. Inspired by the writings of Jeannette Winterson and Emily Dickinson, this compelling work displays Molnar’s unique choreographic language through a complex study of time, transition, and stillness, where the space between is as important as the space occupied, where one is left with the feeling of both liberty and disappearance. The Dance Current says, “16+ a room is incredibly seductive… a powerful concentration of artistic vision.”

Work
3.2 Canadian Premiere

Bill

Choreography
Sharon Eyal
Gai Behar
Music
Ori Lichtik

Ballet BC is thrilled to work with Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal, one of the hottest choreographers today. Former Resident Choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and now Artistic Director of her own company, L-E-V, Eyal’s signature style and daring, sensual language requires of dancers an intricate and precise expression of the body. Working with frequent collaborators Gai Behar and Ori Lichtik, in Bill, Eyal combines dance, music, and design into an instantly recognizable whole of raw, unexpected beauty created with equal parts ebb and flow. Premiered by Batsheva Dance Company, Bill showcases Eyal’s trademark shifts from large group to smaller ensemble; which in turn morph into breathtaking solos.

Work
3.3 World Premiere - Ballet BC 2013

I and I am You

Choreography
Jorma Elo
Music
J. S. Bach
Robert Schumann

Finnish-born choreographer Jorma Elo’s 2011 debut with Ballet BC was met with thunderous applause. So naturally, we invited him back to create this work, first seen in 2013. Featuring Elo’s signature virtuosic vocabulary and lightning-fast musicality interspersed with moments of enormous intimacy and tenderness, I and I am You demonstrates why Elo is one of the most sought-after choreographers today, with commissions by companies the world over. The Georgia Straight described I and I am You as possessing “the warmth and force of some strangely beautiful chinook.”

Work

Simons Community Balcony

Ballet BC and Simons are proud to make the arts affordable for all! $15 balcony tickets to Ballet BC performances are available to The Simons rewards program members.

Those interested in Simons Community Balcony tickets should visit the Customer Service Desk at Simons’ Park Royal South store in West Vancouver during business hours (10am-7pm Monday-Tuesday, 10am-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 9:30am-6pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday) to claim vouchers bearing unique passcodes to be used at ticketmaster.ca.

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Choreographers

Emily Molnar

Sharon Eyal

Gai Behar

Jorma Elo

“16+ a room is incredibly seductive… a powerful concentration of artistic vision”The Dance Current
“I was swept away. [I and I am You] felt playful, explorative, a discovery and celebration of the body. It was creature-like, alien”Plank Magazine
“Sharon Eyal's Bill is not just another well choreographed piece, but rather a milestone, a significant and wondrous creation by a skilled and mature artist who is not afraid of complexity”Ynet