Ballet BC will open its 2021 season on February 25 with a digital streaming performance, Take Form.
The online event will feature nine new performances entirely choreographed and performed by their dancers and Artists in Residence.
“It is about creativity, artistic growth, and freedom," says Ballet BC artistic director Medhi Walerski in a press release. "We must offer space, time, and opportunity for our dancers to learn and explore the different facets of our art form. I am so excited for them, and I hope that Take Form will become a fundamental tool in the development of future choreographers, leaders, and producers."
Notable company dancers showcasing their work include artist in residence Alexis Fletcher, emerging artist Jacob Williams, and returning Ballet BC dancer Livona Ellis.
"We are constantly collaborating but somehow this experience feels different,” says Ellis. “We’ve put our brains together and it’s incredible to see how all our ideas, questions, lightbulb moments, and fantasies have been able to take form. The process has happened very quickly and I know we all feel a bit crunched for time but it has also been a great reminder to trust your instincts and that sometimes your first choice is the right one.”
Take Form will also feature original work from Ballet BC artists including Brandon Lee Alley, Jordan Lang, Stefanie Noll, Justin Rapaport, Peter Smida, Kirsten Wicklund and Zenon Zubyk.
The free performance streams from 5 to 10 pm Pacific time and you can register here.