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Ballet BC links with Turning Point Ensemble for Grace Symmetry

Ballet BC dancers Alexis Fletcher and Gilbert Small. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian.

Ballet BC offers Vancouver audiences the marriage of dance and live music with their collaboration with the Turning Point Ensemble (TPE). Presenting  two world premieres by Kevin O’Day and Medhi Walerski, plus the return of In Motion by Wen Wei Wang, an audience favourite from the 2010/2011 season, Ballet BC’s stellar season carries on till Feb 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“The opportunity to perform with live music is a wonderful one for the dancer and choreographer as it brings all of the performance elements together in real time, creating a live conversation between the dancer and the musician," enthused Emily Molnar, artistic director of Ballet BC. “This live aspect of music adds a new level of chance and curiosity to the performance.”

All three pieces will be performed to live music.

American-born Kevin O’Day, Artistic Director of Kevin O’Day Ballet National theaterMannheim, works with long time collaborator, New York -based composer /guitarist/violist John King, on a new composition for the TPE, melding his sophisticated understanding of music and movement with King’s history of creation with ballet companies (New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Cunningham Company). O’Day has danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He has created more than 50 works, including Face to Face which Ballet BC premiered in 2010. 

Renowned for the unpredictability and dazzling landscape of his movement and ideas, European dance star Medhi Walerski creates another Ballet BC World Premiere to music by Russian-born American Lera Auerbach and performed by TPE. In 2011, he created Petite Cérémonie for the company, a work that was wildly popular with Vancouver audiences as well as with audiences this past summer in the U.S. and Canada. Formerly a dancer with the Paris Opéra Ballet, Nice Opéra Ballet and the Ballet du Rhin, he is currently working with Netherlands Dance Theatre. 

“As for Medhi and Kevin, ever since the success of Petite Ceremonie and Face to Face, I have been wanting to bring back both of these choreographers with new works with the intention of  building a longer term relationship between our artists and audience and these gifted dance makers," explained Molnar on her choices of choreographers. Both have created full company pieces.

“When we made a decision to  collaborate with TPE on Grace Symmetry I was very excited to be able to find the opportunity to remount In Motion", explained Molnar.  "As the work places the musicians on stage as part of the overall scenic landscape it seemed a shame to me not to be able to remount the work in its entirety. I was thrilled that we could bring it back with the TPE.”

Danced to Geometry of Harmony by TPE’s Co-Artistic Director Owen Underhill, In Motion was created by Vancouver-based Wen Wei, Clifford E. Lee Award for Excellence in Choreography winner in 2000. Wang has created his own unique dance language to explore the diversity of his life experiences and the connections between people. “My work is not modern, it’s not ballet, it’s not classical Chinese dance, and yet it is all of these things,” Wang says. And throughout his career, he's been proving that his dance can't be boxed into one genre. 

Tickets for Grace Symmetry can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at and range in price from $22.25 to $70.00 (plus service charges).





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