Ballet B.C.'s Emily Molnar to also lead dance at Banff Centre

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      Ballet B.C. artistic director Emily Molnar is donning another hat: she's just been appointed sessional artistic director of dance at The Banff Centre.

      The newly created position is meant to guide the acclaimed centre's dance initiatives throughout the year in collaboration with the dance community.

      “Emily Molnar’s exciting, multidimensional vision of dance and her deep interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary work make her a natural fit for The Banff Centre,” said Carolyn Warren, vice president of arts at the Banff Centre, in a press statement. “Emily has pushed boundaries throughout her career, both as a director, choreographer and dance artist. I look forward to Emily making an exciting contribution to dance at The Banff Centre.”

      Molnar, who will continue to head Ballet B.C. in the position she has held since 2009 as well as choreographing a premiere for the troupe this season, has had a wide-ranging career. She's toured the world as a dancer (including for the National Ballet of Canada, the Frankfurt Ballet under William Forsythe, and Ballet B.C.) and has created works for the likes of Cedar Lake Dance, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Ballet Mannheim, Alberta Ballet, and others.

      “I am honoured to have been invited by the Banff Centre to build on their history of excellence and innovation in the arts as they expand their vision with a year-round focus that supports the broad spectrum of dance and dance artists across Canada and internationally,” Molnar said in the press announcement.

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