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Ballet Kelowna performance Feb. 21 at Vanier Hall

Ballet Kelowna celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with fresh and exciting classical and contemporary dance created by the country’s top choreographers.

Ballet Kelowna will present a show Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm at Vanier Hall and the cast includes local dancer Mark Dennis.

Repertoire will include:

Denouement

Originally commissioned by Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, the pas-de-deux Denouement was created by Matjash Mrozewski to showcase the tremendous talent of NBoC dancers at the Eighth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize. A work of stunning complexity, intricate formations manifest and disappear as the dancers rhythmically disentangle and unfold themselves from one another’s grasp.

Romeo and Juliet

The Romeo and Juliet balcony scene Pas-de-deux is freshly interpreted by emerging choreographer Joshua Beamish and set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score.

Studies of Cash

In Studies of Cash, the Company pays tribute to country legend Johnny Cash. With a heart-rending mix of Cash recordings, Ballet Kelowna Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando’s soulful, stylistic work explores classical lyricism, folk-dance, and rhythm-n-blues.

Split House Geometric

Former Artistic Director of Ballet BC, John Alleyne’s neo-classical quartet – Split House Geometric – is a vigorous, precision-perfect work. Poetic moments of pure contemporary ballet juxtaposed with sharp, staccato movements with bodies creating geometric shapes to brilliant effect.

Canadiana Suite

The program will finish with a vibrant new work set to Oscar Peterson’s iconic Canadiana Suite. Co-created by award-winning choreographers Simone Orlando and Donald Sales, this energetic group piece pays tribute to the regions and cultures of Canada through and expressive blend of classical ballet and Jazz.

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