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BALLET
KELOWNA

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© Abigail Wiens

« Through our signature programming, Ballet Kelowna is proud to bring full expression to Canada’s creative spirit and celebrate the talent and diversity of our country’s dance artists. »

Founded in 2002, and under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO (AD/CEO) Simone Orlando since 2014, Ballet Kelowna delivers compelling and inspiring performances to regional, national, and international audiences. The Company presents numerous styles of dance from Canada’s finest emerging and established choreographers, and embraces the precision and athleticism of ballet technique to create original new works that captivate and engage today’s diverse audiences.

 

Serving as the only professional dance company in BC’s Interior, Ballet Kelowna is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers. The Company performs annually for over 12,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, while also providing unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs.

 

AD/CEO Simone Orlando is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Orlando is actively leading Ballet Kelowna in collaborations with other community organizations, to educate and cultivate new dance audiences, and to enhance the impact of performances and programs.

MIXTE REPERTORY

PROGRA- 2023
CONTEMPORARY BALLET

taqəš (2021)

CHOREOGRAPHER Cameron Fraser-Monroe

MUSIC Jeremy Dutcher, Oqiton, Essuwonike, Ultestakon | Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

LIGHTING DESIGN James Proudfoot and Rylee Block

COSTUMES CONCEPT Cameron Fraser-Monroe

Delicate Fire (2024)

CHOREOGRAPHER Simone Orlando

MUSIC Jocelyn Morlock and TBA

LIGHTING DESIGN Rylee Block

The Forever Part (2021)

CHOREOGRAPHER Kirsten Wicklund

MUSIC J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Goldberg Variations,
BWV 988: Aria da capo, and Kirsten Wicklund

LIGHTING DESIGN Rylee Block

Bolero (2012)

CHOREOGRAPHER Guillaume Côté

MUSIC Maurice Ravel, Bolero

COSTUME DESIGN Yannik Larivée and Lori Lawler

MAMBO (2018)

CHOREOGRAPHER Alysa Pires 

MUSIC Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London, Xavier Cugat, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima

COSTUME CONCEPT Alysa Pires

LIGHTING DESIGN Simon Rossiter and Rylee Block

Ballet Kelowna’s Mixed repertory program features a stunning lineup of signature works from Ballet Kelowna’s contemporary ballet repertoire. 


With works from Indigenous choreographer Cameron Fraser-Monroe presented in combination with two other renowned Canadian choreographers, Ballet Kelowna’s captivating blend of contemporary and classically based works by Canada’s leading dance makers offers a program adapted to your needs.


With a wide variety of dazzling pieces and new commissions every year, Ballet Kelowna’s dynamic mixed program promises to please a wide range of spectators.

“Everytime I’m creating, I’m trying to lift up everyone I can with me.” - Cameron Fraser-Monroe, IndigiNews

DURATION 75 to 90 minutes (including an intermission)               CREW 12 dancers + 1 artistic director + 1 technical director 
+ 1 rehearsal director + 1 stage manager                               WIDTH/DEPTH/HEIGHT                                                                    9.2m (30’) / 9.2m (30’) / 2.5m (8’)
SET-UP 12 hours (excluding pre-hanging)                                         AUDIENCE SIZE Unlimited
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks                                                                                          - Master classes in ballet or contemporary dance                     (students aged 12+)

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PROGRAM A - TRAILER

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PROGRAM B - TRAILER

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MACBETH - 2022
CONTEMPORARY BALLET

CHOREOGRAPHER Alysa Pires
COMPOSER Adam Sakiyama
VISUAL DESIGN Jane Everett
LIGHTING DESIGN Rylee Block
PROJECTION DESIGN Aaron Quibell

DURATION 120 minutes 
(including an intermission)
CREW 14 dancers + 3 production personnel + 2 artistic staff
WIDTH/DEPTH/HEIGHT                                  

11.6m (38’) / 9.2m (30’) / 6.7m (22’)                                                        SET-UP 12 hours (excluding pre-hanging)
AUDIENCE SIZE Unlimited
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks 
- Master classes in ballet or contemporary dance
(students aged 12+)

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Alysa Pires’ wildly successful theatrical ballet, Macbeth, explores the dark side of human nature. The timeless themes of ambition, power, and corruption that characterize William Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy infuse this high-stakes piece with drama and suspense. An original score of toil and trouble by Canadian composer Adam Sakiyama and stunning visuals by Okanagan artist Jane Everett set the scene for an exploration of psychological decay.

“Pires is a magician who seamlessly crafts a fresh, badass, impossibly electric story.” 

- Attendee Valaura Jones on Macbeth

MACBETH - TRAILER

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