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Internationally acclaimed company Ballet BC showcases dance at its most essential

by on January 26, 2015


On Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., the Playhouse welcomes Ballet BC to the stage. Presented during Fredericton Frostival, this internationally acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company will leave audiences breathless with three pieces from three celebrated choreographers.

Founded in 1986, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is a bold and innovative contemporary company. Known for its distinctive style and approach, the company has made a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance in Canada.

Ballet BC has a select group of 18 dancers, each with classical and contemporary dance training. They are exceptional for their artistry, dynamic movement, intelligence and passion. During this performance of three powerful pieces, these artists will showcase dance at its most essential: visceral, thought-provoking and transformative.

A.U.R.A. Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing choreographer Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style. In Godani’s unique world, the dancers move with raw physical strength, creating stunning tableaux. The provocative nature of A.U.R.A. combined with its virtuosic physicality has proved successful with audiences and critics at home and abroad.

Petite Cérémonie. Originally created for Ballet BC, this ballet is a powerful and poetic full-company piece by rising European dance star Medhi Walerski. Inspired by the idea of “life in a box,” it explores a range of dimensions, culminating in a surprising and delightful mix of dance and theatre, full of imagery and adventure, a dazzling landscape of movement and ideas.

Walking Mad. Johann Inger, former Artistic Director of Cullberg Ballet and a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre, has created a breathtaking work for nine dancers set to Ravel’s Bolero. Walking Mad reflects Socrates’ belief that “our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness.”

The public is invited to attend a free Experience More! activity on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Join us in the Playhouse West Gallery, where Ballet BC Artistic Director and the Globe and Mail’s 2013 “Dance Artist of the Year” Emily Molnar will give a pre-show talk.

On Saturday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m., ballet students age 11-16 are invited to register for an Experience More! Master Class in Contemporary Ballet. Participants will learn from a professional company member with Ballet BC while building strength and honing their technique. Please register in advance through the box office.

Tickets for Ballet BC are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office at 458-8344 or online at

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