Ballet Kelowna 2015/2016

Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director & CEO, today announced the Company’s stunning 2015/16 Season, which promises to deliver a truly electrifying year of dance to the Okanagan region. Highlights of the season include five world premieres by renowned Canadian choreographers Matjash Mrozewski, Heather Myers, Joshua Beamish, Simone Orlando, and Robert Binet, a special guest appearance by artists from The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC), and an add-on performance of Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation presented by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB).

“I am thrilled to present a diverse range of programming with ballets and new works designed to inspire and engage our Kelowna audiences,” said Orlando. “In addition to welcoming more of Canada’s leading choreographers and finest dancers to Kelowna, we are honoured to collaborate with Continuum Contemporary Music to present a full evening of live dance and music for our season finale performances.”

The 2015/16 Season will begin by capturing the magic and wonder of the holiday season with The Nutcracker, December 11-13, 2015. Presented by The Canadian School of Ballet, and featuring the artistry of Ballet Kelowna’s company of dancers, this magical adventure will captivate audiences of all ages, transporting them on an unforgettable journey.

Ballet Kelowna will then present its newest medley of vibrant dance in Boundless, February 5-6, 2016, a mixed repertory programme bursting with the themes of youth and love. Internationally renowned choreographer and former National Ballet of Canada dancer Matjash Mrozewski, will partner with lauded Canadian composer Owen Belton to create a vital and potent new work that will tackle an issue relevant to today’s youth. Ballet Kelowna will partner with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and UBC Okanagan, to bring local youth into the creative process of the piece.

Up next, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to Kelowna with its highly acclaimed production, Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, March 29-30, 2016, a deeply moving ballet that represents the many stories, both told and untold, by survivors of the Indian residential school system.

The season will close with the unveiling of a spectacular collaboration between Ballet Kelowna and Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music. Renaissance, April 29-30, 2016, is a mixed programme inspired by early music, and will feature three world premieres and include a special guest appearance by rising stars from The National Ballet of Canada. Continuum Contemporary Music has been a vital part of the contemporary cultural scene in Canada and abroad for 31 years, and will accompany each of the pieces in Renaissance. w

The 2015/16 Season will also see the return of Launch—a special, one-hour informal showing, presented by Ballet Kelowna on October 28, 2015 at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Launch will preview new work from Ballet Kelowna’s 2015/16 Season and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Company’s daily training and rehearsals, as well as the choreographic process. Hosted by AD/CEO Simone Orlando, Launch invites both new and long-time Company supporters to interact with the dancers during a live creative process. “We want to share how we create new movement,” says Orlando. “The audience will witness a new piece come together right before their eyes.”

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