With Artistic Director Emily Molnar at its helm since 2009, Ballet BC has been daring in its repertoire, broad in its reach, and international in its impact. Under Molnar, Ballet BC has created more than 45 new contemporary ballet works with renowned choreographers such as Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Cayetano Sato, Wen Wei Wang.
Ballet BC was nominated for a ‘Best New Production’ Olivier Award in 2019. They have also been active in community outreach and in working with Arts Umbrella to nurture young dancers. Sadly, on March 20th, Ballet BC had to cancel the rest of their exciting 2019/20 plans – including a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Sydney Opera House – due to Covid.
‘These cancellations will be devastating on the financial health of our organization, representing more than $500,000 in lost revenue,’ they wrote. ‘We will need the support of our whole community in the coming months. Your donations, season subscriptions, and social engagement are just a few ways that you can make a difference.’
Since that most difficult decision, Ballet BC has been going through their virtual archives and posting excerpts from past performances online.
Here is the company in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Medhi Walerski.
And here are excerpts from the performance.
Header: Artists of Ballet BC in ‘Bedroom Folk’. Choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.
Photo: Michael Slobodian