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Ballet Kelowna on pointe

Ballet Kelowna has announced its 2018-19 season, which includes local, national, and international performances.

“We continue our initiative to commission and create exciting new works right here in Kelowna – works that are capturing the interest of international presenters and festivals,” says creative director Simone Orlando. “We are thrilled to be taking a selection of our made-in-Kelowna repertoire to the Fall for Dance North festival in Toronto and the China International Performing Arts Expo in Beijing this fall before returning home to perform for local audiences.”

The Kelowna performance season begins with Autumn, Nov. 16-17, Ballet Kelowna’s newest collection of dance inspired by the splendours of fall. Also on the program, the company premiere of In Between, a work originally created for the National Ballet of Canada by Alysa Pires and hailed by The Globe and Mail as “a polished, cohesive, and energetic ballet.” Fresh off its Toronto premiere at the Fall for Dance North festival, the program closes with the wildly popular MAMBO, also by Pires.

Next, Ballet Kelowna presents Winter, Feb. 1, a joyful mixed program to brush away the winter blues.

The season culminates with Spring, May 3-4, a program that draws inspiration from Igor Stravinsky and features the world premieres of three reimagined classics – The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. 

Special Event and Add-on Performances:

Raising the Barre, Aug. 24 at the Okanagan Innovation Centre. Proceeds will support the company’s commissioning and touring activities. For tickets and more information, visit balletkelowna.ca.

The Nutcracker, Dec. 7-9, 2018, presented by The Canadian School of Ballet with guest artists from Ballet Kelowna, will bring E.T.A. Hoffman’s enchanting tale of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy to magical new heights.

Cuba Vibra, March 14. Straight from the island, Dance Cuba brings the irresistible Havana heat with their 17-dancer ensemble and a flavourful fusion of cha-cha, rumba, conga and mambo, accompanied by a scintillating eight-piece live band. 

Season subscriptions can be purchased online at balletkelowna.ca, by phone at 250-862-2867, or in person at Kelowna Tickets at 100-2600 Enterprise Way.

All performances take place at Kelowna Community Theatre.

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