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15th anniversary season of Ballet Kelowna offers a variety of performances

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August 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

KELOWNA - Tickets are now on sale for the Ballet Kelowna's 15th anniversary season.

Ballet Kelowna has confirmed the line-up which includes four world premieres and the company premiere of "A Streetcar Named Desire." It is Ballet Kelowna’s first full-length ballet, according to a Ballet Kelowna release issued today, Aug. 24.

The announcement of the 15th anniversary season was announced today by Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director & CEO Simone Orlando. Canadian choreographers Gioconda Barbuto, Alysa Pires, Simone Orlando, and Wen Wei Wang are one of the seasons highlights with their full-length ballet "A Streetcar Named Desire" by John Alleyne, and an add-on performance of The Nutcracker presented by The Canadian School of Ballet.

“In celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary season, we are presenting three Ballet Kelowna productions at the Kelowna Community Theatre,” said Orlando. “With four new signature works and the company premiere of the full-length ballet A Streetcar Named Desire entering our repertoire, this promises to be our most exciting and ambitious season yet.”

The season starts in early November with "Acts of Remembrance," which is a commemorative work by Simone Orlando, a world premiere by award-winning choreographer Wen Wei Wang, and the company premiere of L’Etiquette by Joe Laughlin. according to the release.

"Elles: Extraordinary Dance Created by Women," is the next ballet presented on Feb. 2. It is described in the release as "a mixed program of dance devoted to four talented female choreographers." This performance will provide contemporary ballet from the perspective of women and with world premieres by celebrated Canadian choreographers Alysa Pires and Gioconda Barbuto, plus Folie à Cinq by Heather Myers and Glas by Gabrielle Lamb.

Lastly, the season closes with John Alleyne’s "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the beginning of May. This show was an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Alleyne’s "Streetcar."

The holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" is an add on performance. The release states that The Canadian School of Ballet, with guest artists from Ballet Kelowna, "will capture the imagination of the entire family transporting them on an unforgettable journey with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy." If you are a subscriber to the Ballet Kelowna you will enjoy their same seats to The Nutcracker and first pick on up to four additional tickets.

"Launch" will return this season for a special, one-hour informal showing, presented by Ballet Kelowna on Oct. 5 at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. This performance will provide a preview of Ballet Kelowna's new works for the season. Additionally, it will provide a behind-the-scenes look into the Company's daily training and rehearsals.  This event is hosted by Orlando who wants to invite new and long time supporters ok Kelowna Ballet to interact with dancers and choreographers.

The line of for the 2017 and 2018 season is as follows:

Acts of Remembrance is choreographed by Joe Laughlin, Simone Orlando, and Wen Wei Wang. The times and days are as follows:

  • Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Elles: Extraordinary Dance Created by Women is choreographed by Gioconda Barbuto, Alysa Pires, Gabrielle Lamb, and Heather Myers. The performance is 
Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

A Streetcar Named Desire is choreographed by John Alleyne. Music is from Tobin Stokes. Preformances are as follows:

  • May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Add-On Performance:

The Nutcracker is presented by The Canadian School of Ballet with guest artists from Ballet Kelowna. Staging is by Carley Bailey and Regeanna Stubel with additional choreography by Simone Orlando. Music is Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. Performances are as follows:

  • Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by phone at (250) 862-2867 or in person at Kelowna Tickets in Orchard Park Shopping Centre at 2271 Harvey Ave.

An array of subscription and single ticket option are available this season. There are three pricing levels of seats in the Kelowna Community Theatre.

If you subscribe to all three ballets the costs are as follows:

  • Adult - $139
  • Senior - $131
  • Student/Youth/Wheelchair - $78.

Ballet Kelowna subscribers will enjoy the same seats to The Canadian School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker for the following prices:

  • Adult - $39
  • Senior/Youth - $34

All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges. Senior is 65 or older, Students must present valid ID at the box office, and youth must be 18 years of age or under.

If you subscribe before Sep. 10 you will be entered in weekly draws for a pair of tickets to a Kelowna Actors Studio 2017/18 production.  Plus, subscribers receive a free $50 Gift Card to Silent Noise Jewellery.

Single tickets go on sale September 11, 2017.

All performances take place at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna BC.

To learn more about Ballet Kelowna click on the link.

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