Ballet BC presents In/verse at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from November 22 to 24, with three evening performances featuring two world premieres and a North American premiere.
The North American Premiere of A.U.R.A (Anarchist Unit Related to Art) by Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani, is “…one of the most in-demand choreographers in the world,” according to Vogue Italia, and set to a score composed and performed by German electro-acoustic duo 48nord. The work for 15 dancers showcases Godani’s explosive style and raw, unbound energy, inspiring the “….dancers to take their bodies and brains farther.” Godani has created works for many international companies, including Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
“We are the first company in Canada to present Jacopo Godani’s work,” says Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “Overall the evening is a significant coup for the company since it also includes a highly anticipated world premiere by American sensation Nicolo Fonte. This spectacular evening of international dance is a daring example of Ballet BC’s diverse approach to contemporary ballet and in keeping with the Company’s vision of creating dance that moves and captivates audiences.”
The World Premiere by American choreographer Nicolo Fonte, will be danced to the ETHEL string quartet recording of works by Mesinai, Zarvos and Lang. Fonte’s new work stays true to his reputation for creating “…highly fluid, complex and exhilarating…” pieces. Fonte’s work marries classical and contemporary ballet. His powerful identity as a choreographer has resulted in great success internationally and includes creating and staging works for major dance companies around the world, among them Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet and The Dutch National Ballet.
Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar creates a full ensemble world premiere that will feature her signature complex and sensual choreography, inspired by prolific American composer and saxophone player John Zorn’s Book of Angels. Molnar, a former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and Frankfurt Ballet, is an internationally respected and critically acclaimed artist who has choreographed for Alberta Ballet, Ballet Mannheim, Ballet BC, Cedar Lake Dance, Pro Arte Danza, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and Ballet Augsburg, among others.
Dates: November 22 to 24, 8 pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $22.25 to $70 (plus service charges); available via phoning Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online
Ballet BC is a company of 17 talented dancers from Canada and around the world, combining classical integrity with a contemporary sensibility. The company presents both a distinct and diverse repertoire of the most sought-after Canadian and international contemporary ballet choreography.
Photo credit: Michael Slobodian.