Positive finale for dance season

Three of the dances being performed were created for, and won, the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award.

  • Apr. 16, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Image - Glenna Turnbull Photography.

Angie Brown



Contemporary dance fans are in for a treat this month as Ballet Kelowna puts on its final show at the Kelowna Community Theatre for the 2014-15 season.

The performance is called Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme, and features works choreographed by some of Canada’s best contemporary choreographers.

The night is divided into three sections, some with more than one dance, and includes both world and company dance premiers.

Three of these dances were created for, and won, the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, a prize created by the Banff Centre to encourage new creations by Canadian choreographers.

Sophie Gardner, the senior communications coordinator at Laura Murray Public Relations, said this show is a “really nice way” to end the season.

“I think it’s a really nice way for people to see exactly what the company does, see its dancers at work, and see how hard they work,”Gardner said.

“It’s a nice opportunity to support choreographers and dancers, and it’s the opportunity to see two brand new dance works.”

Simone Orlando is the creator of Lux, one of the dances that will be performed during Forward.

The accompanying music is by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who Orlando said is “the master of quick, energetic, and classically structured music.”

“I wanted the work to be quick, bright, and energetic, and very much based in classical ballet,” she explained.

“The piece really challenges the dancers to move very quickly, and it shows off their technical abilities as ballet dancers.”

Orlando, who is also the chief executive officer  and artistic director of Ballet Kelowna, said Forward is a great opportunity for people to come see the “beauty and technique” of Ballet Kelowna’s dancers.

“The thing I really like about ballet is it provides versatility,” Orlando said.

“I personally love allegro, which means jump, and petit allegro in particular.”

She explained petit allegro consists of quick movements where dancers “spring” incredibly quickly from foot to foot.

Her love of the style encouraged her to include it in the choreography for Lux.

The performance takes place on Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., at Kelowna Community Theatre.


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