Ballet fans: mark this date

Ballet Kelowna has an exclusive performance coming to Kelowna on March 3. Ballet fans across BC will want to make plans to come to this Okanagan city because top dancers from New York will be bringing their talents to our stage as the only Canadian city on their tour.

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder, and an elite ensemble of the company’s greatest artists, will present a performance experience of the highest caliber in the only Canadian engagement. Ms. Bouder will be joined onstage by fellow Principal Dancer Amar Ramasar and NYCB company artists Sebastian Villarini, Peter Walker and Indiana Woodward.

Also on the program, Kelowna's own Joshua Beamish - now a highly sought-after choreographer in New York City, will present his ground-breaking work, Rouge et Noir, performed by the same top NYC Ballet artists.

Ballet Kelowna owes this coup for the city’s artistic community to Artistic Director Simone Orlando, the brainchild behind securing the exciting performance. In a press release, Ms. Orlando explains: “Presenting these New York City Ballet dancers, some of ballet’s best and brightest stars, in Canada, is such an amazing opportunity for us. Ashley’s exquisite artistry and meticulously-honed technique will ensure that our Kelowna audience will be left in stunned silence! We are also delighted that the second act – showcasing the much-anticipated Canadian premiere of Rouge et Noir – has been choreographed by Kelowna native Joshua Beamish, in a welcome return to the region.”

Here are the details on this special performance. Out-of-town ballet lovers, don’t miss this chance to build a visit to Kelowna around this unique show.

  • Ballet Kelowna presents: The Ashley Bouder Project
  • Date: March 3 at 7:30pm
  • Ticket prices: Single tickets $73 (Adult), $63 (Senior/Student) and $33 (Child)
  • Mini-Pack tickets (Two shows): $98 (Adult), $82 (Senior/Student) and $48 (Child)
  • Address: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna
  • Box Office: Online at balletkelowna.ca; or by Phone at 250-862-2867; or in person at Kelowna Actors Studio Box Office, 1397 Ellis Street
  • Website: www.balletkelowna.ca

Kelowna’s ballet community has a rich and diverse depth that has spawned phenomenal amateur and professional dancers. The founding of Ballet Kelowna in 2002 continues the long-lasting ballet legacy of one-time Kelowna residents Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, co-founders of The Canadian School of Ballet (1938) and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1939). The idea for starting a ballet company in Kelowna was initiated by then Canadian School of Ballet’s directors (1985-2011) Melville Brown and Lori Larson, along with Founding Artistic Director David LaHay.

Ballet Kelowna, through its touring, school performances and outreach activities has visited more than 60 communities in Western Canada, giving audiences and students a wonderful opportunity to experience the energy and artistry of a professional ballet company. Under the artistic leadership of Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna brings excellent, inspiring and memorable dance to Kelowna and the Canadian west and fulfills its mandate to commission new work from emerging and established Canadian choreographers, while presenting masterworks from the world’s ballet canon.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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