This season will be different than anything you’ve normally experienced in any other season. Join us as we continue our commitment to create, innovate and inspire through the power of dance.
Since my first creation with Ballet BC in 2011, the company has held my heart. The reality of being its new Artistic Director is humbling and extremely exciting. The past few months have allowed all of us time to reflect as we have seen our lives upended. The role of art and how it shapes our world is ever present; it has the power to capture our aliveness while being a source of healing, inspiration and hope.
I look forward to building upon the company’s legacy and cultivating its unique artistry. I want to thank everyone whose voice has shaped Ballet BC’s highly acclaimed reputation. What an achievement! The thought of working and collaborating with the incredible artists and a dedicated team is exhilarating.
In these times, the collective desire to create and connect with our Vancouver community is more significant than ever. Restrictions in response to the global health crisis have forced us to reimagine what this season will look like.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to call Vancouver home. I look forward to meeting all of you and to sharing the company’s diverse and creative vision with the local, national and international dance world.
—Medhi Walerski, Artistic Director
We are thrilled to return with a live performance and a unique experience at The Polygon Gallery. Accompanied by Belgian composer Adrien Cronet and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist Henry Shapard, Ballet BC’s dancers will present an intimate yet physically distanced* dance experience inspired by the idea of human connection, choreographed by Artistic Director Medhi Walerski and the Artists of the company.
“Our current global situation has emphasized a reflection on the human connection and a longing for the essence of live performance. How incredibly humbling it is to collaborate with The Polygon Gallery and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and to witness the endless creative possibilities of human relationships, experiencing the texture, the rhythms, and the tastes of the bodily world. This site-specific performance examines our relationships with both oneself and one another —the infinite gates where our bodies receive the nourishment and otherness of vibration and energy.”
— Medhi Walerski
Ballet BC, The Polygon Gallery, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra have made the difficult decision to postpone Re-space to a later date, due to the recent announcement of new restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer.Watch Teaser Video
* Ballet BC, The Polygon Gallery and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All special events at The Polygon Gallery are planned in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent order on Gatherings & Events including capacity restrictions, social distancing, mandatory mask wearing and sanitization of high frequency touch points. The health and safety of performers, staff and attendees of this event is our top priority. The Polygon’s complete COVID safety plan is available upon request.
Ballet BC prides itself on serving as a source of inspiration and innovation, with creation at its core. This season is no different as our artists embrace the challenge of adaptation, and continue to push the boundaries of dance. But, we need your help to maintain the high calibre of dance for which we are known. You can invest in the artistic growth and development of our dancers as they reveal, on stage or through the lens of a camera, new ways to move.
Two generous donors have stepped forward with an unprecedented challenge to you. They will match all gifts contributed to Ballet BC before December 31, up to $100,000. This means that you can make twice the impact! Donate today to one of Canada’s leading dance companies, located right here in your hometown.
“I believe that from challenge comes growth. My hope is that we won't be creating in spite of the current state of the world, but because of it. We have a role to play in the shaping of the post-covid world and we're excited to get to work.”
— Anna Bekirova
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