Ballet BC earns British Olivier Award nomination

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      Ballet BC has been nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award in Britain.

      Its mixed program of 16 + A Room, Solo Echo, and Bill, which the local troupe toured to Sadler’s Wells last year, is up for one collective nomination as best new dance work.

      The Oliviers are much like the Tony Awards in the U.K.

      16 + A Room was created by Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar, while Solo Echo is by local star Crystal Pite (whose Revisor just debuted here), and Bill is by Batsheva Dance alumnus Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. It was Ballet BC's first tour of Britain, and its program was celebrated for its all-female lineup of choreographers.

      Fellow nominees in the category include Blkdog by Botis Seva at Sadler’s Wells, Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe for the English National Ballet at the same venue, and the Unknown Soldier by Alastair Marriott for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House.

      Last weekend, Ballet BC remounted Solo Echo here as part of Program 2.

      Elsewhere amid the theatre nominees is another Canadian creation: Come From Away, the true story of the way the small Newfoundland community of Gander kicked in to help the 38 passenger planes and 7,000 passengers who were stranded due to 9/11, is up for nest new musical and outstanding achievement in music. Premiered in Oakville, it was a hit on Broadway in 2017 and came to London last month.