NEWS RELEASE · 16th March 2010
For the first time ever, Ballet Kelowna heads down Yellowhead Highway 16 to present “Masters' Play” in Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert March 30, March 31 and April 2.
Feel the artistic tension, drive and excitement of Ballet Kelowna's "Masters' Play" as we pay homage to Canadian Master Choreographers whose influential and ground breaking ballets helped shape dance in Canada, along with formative ballets commissioned by Ballet Kelowna or created by our own Artistic Director David LaHay.
"As we honour our great Canadian athletes in this Olympic year, I feel it is fitting and proper that we also celebrate the wonderfully moving and innovative legacy of great Canadian choreography,” explains David LaHay, Artistic Director for Ballet Kelowna. “Masters’ Play pays homage to the genius of Canadian choreographers in a diverse repertoire of ground-breaking and influential works that span 60 years of our rich heritage."
Canadian master choreographer Brian Macdonald’s seminal ballet “Double Quartet” was inspired by the music of Franz Schubert and Canadian composer R. Murray Shafer. "Double Quartet" is a perfect marriage of music and movement that has garnered national and international praise from audiences and critics alike.
Both “Etude” by Vancouver choreographer Kay Armstrong (which won international acclaim) and Ottawa choreographer Nesta Toumine’s hypnotic and ethereal “Gymnopedies” explore the dynamic fusion of classical and contemporary dance.
Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin created “Butterfly Affect” in 2006 and reworked it especially as a pointe ballet for six dancers for Ballet Kelowna. "Butterfly Affect" displays Joe's unique stylization of movement and witty musicality and has touched audiences everywhere. David LaHay’s fast-paced "Donizetti Dances" rounds out this all Canadian program.
The growth of Ballet Kelowna's Spring Tour to include Route 16 was a long time dream for David LaHay, however it was a difficult one to achieve, especially in these difficult economic times, as Ballet Kelowna prides itself on running a balanced budget. Through a special partnership with BMO Bank of Montreal, which has underwritten a portion of the tour, this dream becomes a reality and gives audiences in Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert the opportunity to see Ballet Kelowna come to their community.
"I am absolutely passionate about touring and bringing professional dance to communities throughout BC," says LaHay. " This is the first time we will be coming to BC's Northwest. We are thrilled to be building new audiences and communities as part of Ballet Kelowna's touring family. We are certain that we will move everyone with our inno-classical style of modern and classical ballets."
Tickets are $15-25 and available at:
Community Date Venue Tickets
Terrace Tues, Mar 30
7:30 pm REM Lee Theatre George Little House
Kitimat Wed, Mar 31
7:30 pm Mount Elizabeth Theatre Book Masters/The Source
Prince Rupert Fri, Apr 2
7:30 pm Lester Centre for the Arts Lester Centre for the Arts
Ballet Kelowna is breathtakingly beautiful and elegantly bold. This proudly ‘Made in Kelowna’ professional dance company is in its seventh year of presenting the signature ‘inno-classical’ style featuring both classical and innovative, modern ballets. Named ‘BC Touring Artist of the Year in 2008’, Ballet Kelowna will be touring to 40 communities in the 09/10 Performance Season.