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Reviews + Previews: OVERTURE/S

Reviews

“Sexuality surged through each of the three, rigorously carved pieces, and the company—starting the season with new young talents from around the world—looked thrillingly energized.”

– Janet Smith for Stir Vancouver

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“Well-lit, with a single bar of fluorescent light upstage to define the space, Silent Tides unfolded with quiet presence through the gentle connection between partners.”

– Kaija Pepper on ‘Silent Tides’ by Medhi Walerski for Dance International

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Previews

“OVERTURE/S is an apt kickoff for a company that continues to attract some of the world’s most ground-breaking names in contemporary dance.”

– Jane Dixon for Vancouver Sun

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“Ballet BC, Vancouver’s small, scrappy dance company, leads the country when it comes to commissioning contemporary ballet.”

– Rebecca Ritzel for The Globe and Mail

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“Whether their works are unfolding at London’s Rambert Dance or Nederlands Dans Theater, where [Imre and Marne van Opstal] both performed, or across a fashion show staged in the middle of Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries, two words seem to come up again and again to describe the van Opstal’s style: surreal and dreamlike.”

– Janet Smith for Stir Vancouver

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“For Silent Tides, it’s very personal. It’s an emotion, it’s a relationship with each other, it’s the energy, it’s the vibrations. It was something I was missing during the pandemic.”

– Medhi Walerski on Silent Tides for CBC Radio’s ‘On the Coast’ with Gloria Macarenko.

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Ballet BC artists Sarah Pippin and Rae Srivastava in Silent Tides by Medhi Walerski. Image by Michael Slobodian.
Ballet BC dancer Sidney Chuckas in Bedroom Folk by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Image by Michael Slobodian.
Guest artist Chloé Albaret and Ballet BC artist Orlando Harbutt in Heart Drive by Marne and Imre van Opstal. Image by Michael Slobodian.