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The SPOTLIGHT Dance Series features the best dance companies and performances from Canada and around the world as chosen by our Artistic Director. This season's performances span genres from classical masterpieces to contemporary hip hop including the Vernon premiere of Ballet Edmonton with their new mixed repetoire featuring a contemporary reimagining of Swan Lake. Ballet Kelowna presents the powerful and compelling taqəš by Vernon-born choreographer Cameron Fraser-Monroe and audience favourite Ballet Jörgen returns with their romantic Cinderella, just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Ballet Jörgen Ballet and Repertoire Masterclass

Ballet Jörgen Ballet and Repertoire Masterclass

Jorgen Masterclass 500 X 625

$20.00 per student

Jörgen dance company presents a Ballet and Repertoire Masterclass to local Okanagan dancers. A company dancer will take the students through the paces of a traditional ballet class while imparting their own personal expertise as a professional dancer. Following is a repertoire class that will teach Ballet Jörgen choreography to the students, showing them how to apply musicality, personality and precision to their role- thus learning about the trade of working as a dancer and telling a story with movement. Pointe shoe clinic to follow.

Location: Marie Fleming Studio at Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

Open to local dancers ages 12 and up.

Bested suited for dancers with at least two years of training or more.

To register, click the "Buy Tickets Now" button.

Price of Masterclass includes a student rush ticket to Ballet Jörgen's Cinderella at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, February 11, 2023 At 7:30pm. Once registered, call the box office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or visit in person to arrange your seat for the show.

BALLET JÖRGEN'S CINDERELLA
Vernon District & Performing Arts Centre Presents

BALLET JÖRGEN'S CINDERELLA

Ballet Jorgen 500 X 625

$55.00 Adult
$52.00 Senior
$50.00 Student
$30.00 First two rows discount (all ages)

This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story.

Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.

“Not just a happily ever after. [Jörgen] elevates Cinderella’s story to one of female empowerment.” - Winnipeg Free Press

Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen, CM
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Set & Lighting Design: Glenn Davidson
Costume Design: Robert Doyle

Run Time 2 hours with 1 intermission



IN MY BODY
Vernon District & Performing Arts Centre Presents

IN MY BODY

by BBOYIZM / CRAZY SMOOTH
In My Body 500 X 625

$40.00 Adult
$37.00 Senior
$35.00 Student
$30.00 First two rows discount (all ages)

It's said that the bravest thing a dancer can do is grow old – for a b-boy/b-girl, the experience is approaching heroic. In keeping with hip-hop culture, b-boys/b-girls present a façade of confidence and invincibility as they engage in battles to prove their value and establish their dominance. The resulting vocabulary is one of the most physically demanding and visually impressive of the dance genres and leaves no room for the expression of vulnerability.

For In My Body, dancer / choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together an intergenerational group of dancers and an international creative team for an intensely athletic investigation of the evolution of self and the effects of aging on street dancers.

Photo: Crazy Smooth and Nubian Néné, photo by Rita Taylor

BALLET EDMONTON
Vernon District & Performing Arts Centre Presents

BALLET EDMONTON

Ballet Edmonton 500 X 625

$45.00 Adult
$42.00 Senior
$40.00 Student
$30.00 First two rows discount (all ages)

Ballet Edmonton will present a triple bill mix program of three new works by two outstanding choreographic voices. The evening opens with two works by celebrated choreographer and Ballet Edmonton Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang with Persistence of Memory and SWAN, followed by a stunning new creation, Valei-me, by Brazilan-born Diego Ramalho.

Persistence Of Memory was created amid the 2020 pandemic when we had no access to family, friends or audiences. The Company formed a closed cohort, and our studio became a place of safety and sanctuary. This work was initially created as a film and reimagined for the stage.

SWAN by Ballet Edmonton Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang is a remount of his masterful piece, which first debuted with Ballet BC in 2017. Inspired by the iconic characters in Swan Lake, this breathtaking work highlights Wang’s capacity to move dancers in ways that exemplify the poise and grace of the balletic dancer while pushing the body’s athletic range to tell a familiar story through a new lens.

Valei-me is a contemplation on how we are influenced by where we first “belonged.” The work explores how music lives in the nervous system and reflects an unconscious sense of identity connected to place. Brazilian music drives the narrative structure of this emotional and energetic piece.

SWAN, choreographed by Wen Wei Wang, proved itself as a stunning, flawless endeavour that had its audience breathless by the time the curtain closed…”
– Lords of Dogwood

Photo: Cooper and Ohara