We’re back at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this fall with ‘HERE’, featuring the return of William Forsythe’s legendary Enemy in the Figure, Shahar Binyamini’s epic BOLERO X, and an exciting new creation by Stephen Shropshire.
Here are six reasons to join us and help kick off another season of extraordinary dance.
- William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure is one of the most acclaimed works in the visionary choreographer’s repertoire, returning to Ballet BC for the first time since 2018. Forsythe rehearsal director and original Enemy cast member Thomas McManus has been staging the work since 1992. Hear more about his history with this piece and in this just-released Q&A.
- Enemy in the Figure features significant improvisation, something our artists have unique experience with as versatile contemporary dancers. In order to form a cohesive movement language, they follow “prompts” in rehearsal and throughout the performance. Each night will be a little bit different!
- For the first time in company history, ‘HERE’ features an epic “mini-army” (Georgia Straight) of 50 dancers on stage, for Shahar Binyamini’s world premiere BOLERO X. In addition to the entire Ballet BC company, 30 dancers from Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella will perform the work—a highly anticipated experience not to be missed.
- BOLERO X is set to Ravel’s masterpiece “Bolero” which originated as a ballet score commissioned by dancer Ida Rubenstein at the Paris Opera Ballet in 1928. Since then, the work has become one of the most widely recognized pieces of orchestral music and has inspired countless artists around the world.
- Stephen Shropshire’s work will be shared with Ballet BC audiences for the first time. Expect the creation to centre on dancing itself, rather than external themes. “Generally speaking, I am interested in dancing,” says Stephen. “I am most interested in what is revealed about the human experience, in and through choreography and choreographic thinking.”
- Shropshire is an acclaimed Netherlands-based creator with several awards and accolades to his name, including a special prize from the Dutch Dansersfonds ’79 school in 2017 for the “consistent aesthetic harmony in his work,” and the Netherlands’ VSCD ‘Zwaan’ for Best Dance Production in 2018 for his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here.
Tickets for ‘HERE‘ start at just $19, thanks to the generous support of Simons through our Arts for All Seating! Find these seats in the QET balcony on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the season.
Subscription packages for all three season programs start at $75 and are the best value at 20% off single ticket prices. Plus, receive perks like discounted tickets with other Vancouver arts organizations, early access to add-on performances such as Nutcracker and Take Form, and more.