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Ballet en pointe for season

Ballet Kelowna ushers in the New Year with its presentation of Winter, Feb. 1 at Kelowna Community Theatre. 

A fervent, up-tempo response to the season’s icy chill, Winter features the thrilling tango-inspired world premiere of Cuatro Estaciones from Ballet Kelowna artistic director Simone Orlando, as well as the return of two audience favourites — Wen Wei Wang’s dynamic work 1723 – Vivaldi, and Orlando’s contemporary Studies of Cash, inspired by country legend Johnny Cash and his infamous 1968 concert at Folsom Prison.

“With Winter, we continue 2018-19’s ethereal exploration of the seasons in all their powerful glory. These works mirror the nuances of nature’s cyclical rhythms by showcasing their qualities in inspired dance performance,” says Orlando. “We invite guests to combat their winter blues with our rejuvenating, upbeat evening of dance.”
The program will open with the return of the Ballet Kelowna-commissioned 1723 – Vivaldi by “one of the country’s most in-demand choreographers” (The Globe and Mail), Chinese-Canadian dance luminary Wen Wei Wang. It is an evocative display of winter’s stark surroundings – bare, mesmerizing, and haunting – set to a moving, minimalist re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by composer Max Richter, with dancers dressed all in white.
Featuring the heartfelt and often humorous music of country legend Johnny Cash from his life-changing 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, Studies of Cash explores concepts of confinement and imprisonment. The piece was borne out of an unscheduled overnight stop in Merritt during a snowstorm. Orlando found shelter and food at a local hotel where it was karaoke night. One of the patrons delivered a spirited rendition of “Ring of Fire,” sparking Orlando to pursue her own interpretation of Cash’s songs. 
To conclude the program, audience members will be transported to the infectious rhythms and colourful spirit of Buenos Aires, in the world premiere of Cuatro Estaciones. The tango-infused work breathes a vibrant passion into the evening’s program, counteracting the Okanagan’s overcast skies and cool temperatures, and will feature the dynamic talents of the full company performing fiery steps in stunning group formations and seductive duets.

Tickets are on sale at balletkelowna.ca and kelownatickets.com or by phone at 250-862-2867 (Toll free: 1-888-974-9170).

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