Queen Elizabeth Theatre
We continue our season with an evening featuring three internationally renowned dancemakers. The program begins with the Canadian premiere of virtuosic creator Marco Goecke’s intense exploration of love, Woke Up Blind. Next, experience The Statement, a striking and theatrical masterpiece from Crystal Pite—arguably the most sought-after choreographer in the world. The evening will conclude with an anticipated new creation from Ballet BC Artistic Director Medhi Walerski.
Woke Up Blind
In Woke Up Blind, dancers are drawn into a world of intense sound. They outdo themselves competing with Jeff Buckley’s vocal power and guitar sounds, diving into the action recklessly, driven by longing. Set to two iconic songs by Buckley, the piece deals with love in different ways. The first slowly, with strongly stretched vocals, the second with fast, frantic guitar accompaniment. Marco Goecke exposes human feelings through pure, highly complex movement. Illuminated from the background by the light of distant stars, all action is concentrated on the here and now.Work
“The Statement is a dazzling account of complicity, naivety and guilt.” —The Independent
This dance/theatre hybrid by the world-renowned Crystal Pite explores conflict of power through her distinctive and wildly inventive choreographic style. Originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016, four dancers move to a recorded script by Canadian playwright and close collaborator Jonathon Young. Locked in a battle for control, the characters have been tasked with fueling a conflict in a distant country. Tensions rise when they are asked to take responsibility for their actions. In presenting The Statement, we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Pite, Ballet BC alumnus and one of Canada’s leading choreographers.Work
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“[Medhi Walerski is] one of the most innovative dance makers today.” —Broadway World
Set to an original score by Belgian composer Adrien Cronet, the program concludes with an anticipated North American premiere from Medhi Walerski. Walerski became Artistic Director of Ballet BC in July 2020, making this both his first new piece with the company as its leader, and his first major work after a lengthy break from live performance. The piece will be created in collaboration with the company members.
A co-production with:
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg