Languages: English, French
Founded in 2002, Ballet Kelowna delivers compelling and inspiring performances to regional, national, and international audiences. The Company presents numerous styles of dance from Canada's finest choreographers and embraces the precision and elegance 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 has toured to over 60 communities presenting evening programs, school shows and master classes.
Every dance [Ballet Kelowna] presented was a joyous celebration of the human spirit. St. Albert Gazette
This dance company is exceptional. I have never watched something so athletic, so beautiful, and so seemingly effortless. Audience Member, following the performance of Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme at The Banff Centre (April 11, 2015)
NEW SHOW for 2020-21 School Year: MAMBO and Other Works
Grade Suitability: Grade 6-12
Duration: 50 mins
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Indoor space minimum 30' X 30'; wood floor; access to electrical outlets
Fee Range: $895-$1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
The MAMBO and Other Works program features a blend of contemporary and neo classical works from Ballet Kelowna's signature repertoire. Works such as Bolero by acclaimed Quebec choreographer Guillaume Côté or Cuatro Estaciones by Ballet Kelowna's visionary Artistic Director Simone Orlando, will be paired with Alysa Pires "crowd-pleasing MAMBO" (The Globe and Mail). Guillaume Côté brings strength and fragility to a fascinating interpretation of the beloved Bolero by Maurice Ravel, one of music's most famous and identifiable melodies. Bolero features breath-taking lifts and virtuosic choreography. Cuatro Estaciones is set to composer Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The choreography infuses ballet's contemporary lines with the intricate, expressive elements of Argentine Tango and features the full company. MAMBO is a colourful joie de vivre set to a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, swing, and jazz standards by musical legends such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, and more.
Grade Suitability: Grade 6 - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600+ students
Tech Requirements: Indoor space minimum 30' X 30': sprung floor - Ideally in a theatre. There are projections in this piece so a cyc is required.
Fee Range: $895 - $1,095 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Now, What, Like, When is a visionary new work created by youth and for youth, reflecting on the issues, challenges and emotions they face today. Renowned choreographer Matjash Mrozewski engaged with over 50 Okanagan youth in a dialogue on dance, art and life. Audio recordings from these workshops are woven into an original score by Owen Belton, while Ballet Kelowna company members articulate the young people's hopes, dreams and struggles through an expressive blend of classical ballet and contemporary dance.