A Ballet BC and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Collaboration
Ballet BC at The Shadbolt

Dates and Venue 23 - 25 May 2013, 8pm | Studio Theate, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Artistic Director Emily Molnar Choreographers Alexander Burton, Dario Dinuzzi, Connor Gnam, Daniel Marshalsay, Rachael Prince, Peter Smida
Dancers Alexander Burton, Emily Chessa, Darren Devaney, Dario Dinuzzi, Thibaut Eiferman, Livona Ellis, Alexis Fletcher, Maggie Forgeron, Scott Fowler, Alyson Fretz, Connor Gnam, Kiera Hill, Daniel Marshalsay, Rachel Meyer, Rachael Prince, Gilbert Small, Peter Smida, Makaila Wallace

Reviewer Karen Fitzgibbon

Bravo! This is a must-see excellent performance. Tonight Ballet BC’s emerging choreographers are given creative licence to produce their own new works. These men and women on stage were born to be dancers. They make contemporary ballet look easy. It’s as though they just “dance with the wind” whether it is gentle, sudden, or furious. I am in awe of the physical capabilities of these dancers. Their professional execution of movements is amazing, the choreography is unique, dynamic and breathtaking and the music, soul-moving.

Tonight’s Choreographic Series consisted of seven short performances: Tempus by Daniel Marshalsay, Body In Two by Alexander Burton, Postcards by Choreographer/Director Peter Smida, Scaim by Dario Dinuzzi, Everything Must Change by Rachael Prince, Perpetua by Dario Dinuzzi, and Ruckus by Connor Gnam.

Yes, we definitely did not expect so much of the unexpected. It is fun, romantic, dramatic, musically riveting. and each performance has exciting variations from each other. I was impressed with Emily Portman’s choice of music for Perpetua inspired by Nordic Chant. Everything Must Change by Olafur Arnalds is also a powerful and deep music selection.

Postcards is presented not on stage, but on screen which takes us on a unique adventure off stage as though we are watching homemade movies of our families and memories of days gone by.

Each performance is really different from the previous one. If I had to choose my favorite I couldn't, since they are all great. With that said I have to add that tonight should have been a full house because this performance was superb. Perhaps there should be more effective marketing for such a great performance.

© 2013 Karen Fitzgibbon