Ballet BC opens the 2019/20 season October 31 – November 2 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with two remarkable works by world-class choreographers Aszure Barton and Johan Inger. For her final season as Artistic Director before taking the helm at Netherlands Dance Theatre, Emily Molnar has created a kaleidoscope of a season full of energy, emotion and expansive physical performance. Program 1 is appropriately rooted in the idea and experience of living.
In BUSK, Edmonton-born and internationally renowned choreographer Aszure Barton riffs on the idea of busking to elevate the beauty and grace that exist in the struggles of everyday life. As Barton tells it: “the word ‘busk’ comes from the Spanish root word ‘buscar’ meaning ‘to seek’”. Set to an atmospheric score, Barton’s choreography moves the dancers through a poetic, grounded sensibility whilst transporting audiences to an intimate space. Although the work has been performed by other companies (the piece will also be danced at Alvin Ailey Theater in New York City this December) Barton adapts the work for each production, leaning on each individual dancers’ styles and strengths.
Ballet BC is also delighted to revisit B.R.I.S.A for a second time, having first showcased the piece in 2017. B.R.I.S.A, created by Johan Inger for NDT2 in 2014, is rooted in the idea of change and awakening. One of today’s most distinguished dance-makers, Inger has won numerous awards and his works have been featured in major international companies.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Artistic Director of Ballet BC for the last ten years. As I enter my final season, I am excited to support a distinct group of artists and perspectives on dance through our diverse offering of company premieres and the return of some of our most-loved works.”
Join us for our opening program, which brings an exploration of seeking and changing to the 2019/20 season.