Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov 2 3 4
Opening the 2023/24 season, HERE features the return of one of the most popular works in Ballet BC’s repertoire by a legendary creator, an anticipated world premiere from a choreographer new to the company, and an epic large ensemble piece. Experience Enemy in the Figure from William Forsythe, a new creation from Stephen Shropshire, and Shahar Binyamini’s BOLERO X.
Enemy in the Figure
William Forsythe’s astonishing Enemy in the Figure returns to our stage. First shared with Ballet BC audiences in 2018, the work is a dark and thrilling poem about vision and perception, form and chaos, making use of a ticking, brooding score by frequent collaborator Thom Willems. Light—integral to the choreography—explodes and contracts the space, the dancers bursting out of darkness like eruptions from the unconscious. A non-narrative of mystery and urgency, isolation and connection, the mechanical and the human: dance as a medium for infinite possibilities.Work
Miami-born, Netherlands-based choreographer, curator, and dance researcher Stephen Shropshire shares an anticipated debut work for Ballet BC audiences. The former Artistic Director of Noord Nederlandse Dans and current artistic coordinator of the Nederlandse Dansdagen dansMusem, Shropshire is well known for exploring the complexities of human experience in a distinctively abstract and unornamented choreographic style.Work
In this new take on Maurice Ravel’s iconic work, choreographer Shahar Binyamini continues to explore the power of repetition and the new meanings that emerge from the connection between the music written in 1928 and the choreography performed today. BOLERO X is a pure celebration of the power of dance. 50 performers on stage seek to express the great natural forces of which we are made—the force that separates us as unique individuals as well as unites us together as a group.
This presentation of BOLERO X has been supported by: The Azrieli Foundation; Josh Pekarsky and Marla Guralnick in honour of Arlene Gladstone; Karen James; Trudy and Dan Pekarsky; Arlene James; Judy and Isaac Thau; Shirley Barnett; Roberta Beiser; and Jeanie Wexler.
Shahar Binyamini is represented by LaLa Collective.