To The Garden With Ballet BC

Camille Saint-Saëns – child prodigy, polymath, and prolific composer, born 1835 in Paris – wrote: ‘The artist who does not feel completely satisfied by elegant lines, by harmonious colours, and by a beautiful succession of chords does not understand the art of music.’

This composer of such beloved pieces as the Organ Symphony #3, the Samson and Delilah opera, and Carnival of the Animals, would no doubt be delighted to know that one of his works inspired a ballet created by a choreographer with a particular appreciation for elegant lines, harmonious colours, and a beautiful succession of chords.

The choreographer? Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, Medhi Walerski . The Saint-Saëns piece? Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: Allegro moderato e maestoso & Andante sostenuto. The name of the ballet? GARDEN.

Of Walerski’s GARDEN at Ballet BC, we read: ‘Through a series of duets, unison, and counterpoint while reflecting the refined dialogue between strings and piano, the dancers shape the space physically in a pure and organic way.’

Walerki’s website adds: ‘Pure and organic, but also demanding and challenging, GARDEN is inspired and guided by Saint-Saëns quintet. Along with the dancers’ technique and physicality, the music has been a clear guide in shaping the creative process and choreography.’ ‘The virtuosic piano propels the piece through an exploration of space, dynamics and resonance that is reflected by the dancers in solos, duets, quartets and ensemble sections.’



These stunning portraits of the dancers in GARDEN by Medhi Walerski are by Four Eyes Portraits.


Dancers: Jordan Lang, Justin Rapaport, Rae Srivastava, Kirsten Wicklund


Dancers: Rena Narumi, Rae Srivastava


Dancers: Zenon Zubyk and Artists of Ballet BC


Medhi Walerski’s GARDEN is part of a larger show entitled REACHING U, which runs from April 15th to 21st online. Also featured will be ‘the return of the spectacular and hypnotic Bedroom Folk —a percussive and deliciously punchy choreography in which movement, music, and light are equal protagonists.’

Bedroom Folk is choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar to music by Ori Lichtik.

You can register online for REACHING U. Tickets are by donation, with a suggested donation of $20. For teaser clips and a great video of GARDEN in rehearsal , check out the Ballet BC site. Ballet BC Site.

Header: Artists of Ballet BC in GARDEN by Medhi Walerski. Image by Four Eyes Portraits.



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