Documentary Broken tells story of how B.C. ballet dancer dealt with career-changing injury

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      As one of B.C.'s most renowned dancers, Simone Orlando had performed on stages across the world from Washington, D.C., to Seoul, South Korea, garnering numerous ovations and accolades along the way.

      After 12 years as Ballet BC's lead dancer, Orlando suffered a severe hip injury while rehearsing a new ballet that left her struggling to walk.

      Although she tried to persevere and overcome the injury with treatment and painkillers, she eventually had to receive surgery.

      With behind-the-scenes footage at Ballet BC, the 68-minute documentary Broken delves into Orlando's story as she faced career- and life-changing decisions. The film takes an indepth look at the dilemma and identity crisis that individuals face when their lifelong devotion to their craft or work becomes threatened by unexpected events.

      The screenings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (August 15 and 16) at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).

      Simone Orlando

      Orlando, who has since gone on to become Ballet Kelowna's CEO and artistic director, and director Lynne Spencer will be in attendance at the screenings.

      For full details, visit the Vancity Theatre website.

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