Ballet Kelowna, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando, presents signature contemporary works by Canada’s finest choreographers. The Company has toured to over 65 communities including recent debuts in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and has been invited to perform at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Toronto’s Fall for Dance North Festival, and Beijing’s China International Performing Arts Expo. Repertoire includes commissioned works by Gioconda Barbuto, Cameron Fraser-Monroe, Alysa Pires, Wen Wei Wang, Kirsten Wicklund, and many more.
Officer of the Order of Canada and Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, Margie Gillis is one of the most influential Canadian choreographers/dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her works portray human weaknesses and vulnerabilities. They celebrate our hopes and the power of creation and healing.
RHODNIE DÉSIR CREATIONS
Creator, documentalist and a powerful spokeswoman, Rhodnie Désir develops an unique creative language : the choreography-documentary. Recipient of two Prix de la danse, first Associate Artist of Place des Arts and honored by the DCD Hall of Fame, the choreographer is committed to drawing a strong connection between memory and actuality. Among humanity, ancestrality and environment, her innovative approach is rooted in the territory, melts away taboos and sheds light on the forgotten.
Shantala Shivalingappa is a master of the vibrant, graceful and expressive southern-Indian classical-dance form Kuchipudi, and is dedicated to bringing this unique and timeless art form to western audiences. She has also appeared in the works of several contemporary choreographers, including Pina Bausch, and theatre directors, such as Peter Brook. She brings this varied background to her dancing, which is powerful, pure, light, and animated from within. Shantala is the only Kuchipudi dancer who was awarded a «Bessie» Award.
A true dance phenomenon, ZEUGMA DANCE combines step dancing and percussive dance with contemporary dance, creating an explosive movement vocabulary and a distinctive choreographic identity.
Their ground-breaking non-proscenium production CUBE was performed more than 200 times across 3 continents.