A first for Ballet Kelowna

The latest ballet performance from Ballet Kelowna was created by four female choreographers – a rare thing in the ballet world.

The performance, titled Elles: Extraordinary Dance Created by Women, will feature eight of Kelowna's best dancers Friday night at Kelowna Community Theatre.

Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna's artistic director, says Friday's show is “very unique.”

“I just felt it was really important to promote the women that are working in dance today,” Orlando said. “I don't know of any full-length ballet in Canada's canon of ballets that was created by a woman.”

Friday's show will feature two brand new performances, choreographed by Giocondo Barbuto and Alysa Pires, along with pieces that have already been performed, choreographed by Heather Myers and Gabrielle Lamb.

“To have a program of exclusively female choreographers is something I've never seen before,” said Pires. “I'm incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of this program because the other three choreographers are artists that I have a massive amount of respect and admiration for.”

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.50 for adults and $27 for students.

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