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February 10, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Situated at the razor’s edge of contemporary ballet innovation, the company debuts in Kelowna after headlining the Vancouver International Dance Festival

KELOWNA – Ballet Kelowna proudly presents exquisitely fast-paced and technically superb Alonzo King LINES Ballet on March 7, 2017, at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Fresh off the stage following a triumphant appearance at Vancouver International Dance Festival 2017, the innovative ensemble will travel to the Interior to share two electric performances of Sand and Shostakovich from acclaimed Ballet Master and founder Alonzo King.

“The work of Alonzo King has been a revelation and inspiration to me for many years and I cannot wait for Kelowna to experience his visionary creations,” says Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO. “Audiences will not only have the opportunity to witness choreography conceived by one of the great minds of our time, they will also see it executed with breathtaking beauty and athleticism by some of the world’s most highly trained and accomplished ballet artists. This will be a rare and unforgettable evening of ballet.”

Hailed by William Forsythe as “one of the few, true Ballet Masters of our time,” Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer who has changed the way the world looks at ballet. Understanding the form as a science rooted in universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution, his singular approach has seen him create work for the repertoires of such institutions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Bejart, Frankfurt Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more.

Renowned for their technical brilliance, hyper-physicality, and exquisite extensions, Alonzo King LINES Ballet is the choreographer’s primary home for innovation and creation. Founded in San Francisco in 1982, the company collaborates with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world to create works that draw on diverse sets of deeply rooted cultural traditions. In doing so, the company infuses classical ballet with new expressive potential.

Ballet Kelowna is thrilled to announce that alumni member, Canadian dancer Robb Beresford, will be returning to Kelowna to perform with LINES Ballet. Beresford is also known for his previous work with Vancouver’s Joe Ink and Ballet Victoria. Hailing from Elmira, Ontario, Beresford trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, graduated from The Quinte Ballet School of Canada, and joined LINES Ballet in 2013.

In Kelowna, the company will share two exquisite and contrasting performances:

Shostakovich (2014)
Shostakovich takes ballet to extreme dimensions with its explosive athleticism. Set to four Shostakovich string quartets, the company is pushed to the limit, moving at fast, frenetic paces: one minute performing triple and quadruple pirouettes - tossed and spun into upside down lifts – the next, effortlessly balancing on pointe in gorgeous, long limbed poses. The music wavers in a state of suspension, pushing the dancers’ strength to the limit as they revel in the space between harmony and discord.

SAND (2016)
Having enjoyed critical success at its world premiere in April 2016, SAND is touted as “transformative” – a sophisticated spectacle performed to the original, masterful score of tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd and jazz pianist Jason Moran. The trailblazing jazz duo, who brought their partnership to the dance stage for the first time with SAND, amplifies the virtuosity of King’s incredibly talented company of dancers.

Tickets to Alonzo King LINES Ballet are available online at: About Ballet Kelowna (
Founded in 2002, Ballet Kelowna is the sole professional dance company in BC’s Interior. The organization is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers. The Company performs annually for more than 10,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, and provides unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs. Its Artistic Director and CEO, Simone Orlando, is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada.

About Alonzo King LINES Ballet (
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science – founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution – and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.

Date: Tickets:
Ticket Prices: Performance Venue:
Ballet Kelowna presents
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Kelowna Tickets
In person: Orchard Park Shopping Centre – 360-2271 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC
By phone: 250.862.2867 (Toll free 1.888.974.9170)
From $64.00 (Adult), $58.00 (Senior), $35.00 (Student/Child) All prices include tax and service charges.
   Kelowna Community Theatre
1375 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

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