Artistic Director, Emily Molnar
Read Oregon Arts Watch review by Nim Wunnan
“Ballet BC returned to Portland last night with a densely-packed trio of pieces by three distinguished choreographers. Program 1 in Ballet BC’s 30th anniversary celebration, this show, the company’s second visit to Portland under the auspices of dance presenter White Bird, would be a perfect way to demonstrate what you mean by “contemporary ballet” to a skeptical friend or family member. Compact and rigorous, the program treated its score, movement language, and dancers’ relationships in ways that should be familiar to viewers of classical ballet but deftly pushed the boundaries of the form and maintained a sharp edge of challenging content.
Read more HERE.
Read full rave review of Vancouver premiere HERE.
Crystal Pite’s “Solo Echo”: “Set to Johannes Brahms’s sobbing cello and piano pieces, it’s subtle and poetic, showing a deeply musical side to the choreographer”– The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
PROGRAM: (Total running time 110 minutes)
Twenty Eight Thousand Waves, Choreographed by Cayetano Soto, Music by David Lang and Bryce Dessner (26 minutes)
Awe, Choreographed by Stijn Celis, Music by Carl Orff and Eriks Esenvalds, Text by Leonard Cohen (26 minutes)
Solo Echo, Choreographed by Crystal Pite, Music by Johannes Brahms (recording of Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax) (20 minutes)
Audiences cheered nonstop when Ballet BC made its White Bird debut in 2013. Dynamic movement, intelligence, passion and artistry are the hallmarks of this extraordinary company from Vancouver, BC, made up of 18 unique dancers with classical and contemporary training. Ballet BC will return with exhilarating work by acclaimed Canadian and international contemporary choreographers Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto and Stijn Celis.
KEN & ANN EDWARDS