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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 Ballet Jörgen's heartfelt take on a beloved Canadian story in Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet®. Côté Danse, founded by the National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer and acclaimed choreographer Guillaume Côté, makes their Vernon debut with X (Dix), a contemporary ballet inspired by the myth of Odysseus.

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Season Events

In My Body
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

In My Body

by bboyizm / crazy smooth
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Sep 21, 2023 At 7:30pm
In My Body 500 X 625

$40 Adult
$37 Senior
$35 Student
$30 First two rows (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.

Renowned Canadian hi-hop dancer and choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together an intergenerational group of dancers for an intensely athletic exploration of the evolution of self and the effects of aging on street dancers. Young dancers wow with audacious hip-hop tricks, woven seamlessly with a corps of older dancers who tell their stories of glory and pain through movement and spoken word. Together, they deliver jaw-dropping choreography with a message of community and resilience.

In My Body combines dance with the spoken word poetry of Alejandro Rodriguez, recited to the beats of Montreal’s DJ Shash’U.

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

Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet®
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet®

by Ballet Jörgen
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Feb 8, 2024 At 7:00pm
Anne 500 X 625

Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® is a playful, colourful and evocative production that will transport audiences to early 20th century Atlantic Canada. Based on the beloved Canadian novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island.

“…it seemed as if Anne’s famous imagination had rubbed off on Bengt Jörgen himself.”
– The Globe & Mail

Production Credits:
Original Choreography by Bengt Jörgen C.M.
Based on Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™
Music composed by Norman Campbell
Ballet Score Arranged by Alexander Levkovich
Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® is made possible by Margaret Fountain, C.M. & David Fountain, C.M
Set & Costume Design by Sue LePage
Original Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack

Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® and other indicia of Anne are trademarks and Canadian official marks of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, used under licence by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Momentum of Isolation
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

Momentum of Isolation

by Shay Kuebler / Radical System Art
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Mar 16, 2024 At 7:30pm
Moi 500 X 625

Shay Kuebler’s newest creation looks at how our digital lives, technologies and shifting values are increasing the prominence of social isolation and loneliness.

Momentum of Isolation uses interactive video and sound around the performers to shape a digital world on stage. These elements enhance ideas on how technology influences our lives, and that it can both empower and disempower us.

Shay Kuebler has been making waves on the Vancouver scene for the past 15 years with his physical and inventive dance supported by rigorous technique. In Momentum of Isolation, the renowned choreographer weaves together contemporary dance, hip-hop and martial arts with his signature athleticism and playfulness.

“Momentum of Isolation may be his [Shay Kuebler’s] most moving and fiercely funky work to date.”- Stir Magazine

X (Dix)
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre presents

X (Dix)

by Côté Danse
 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Mar 27, 2024 At 7:30pm
Dix 500 X 625

Inspired by the legendary myth of Odysseus, X (Dix) is about adventuring into the unknown and the challenges of finding your way back home. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Guillaume Côté (Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada) blends classical ballet vocabulary with modern sensibilities to explore this legendary tale.

The number ten (dix) is a symbol of completeness associated with the cycle of life and transformation, journey and destination. X (Dix) features dancers Guillaume Côté (or Natasha Poon Woo), Martha Hart, Kelly Shaw, Ben Landsberg and Rakeem Hardy and explores the idea of the “inner compass” and that “home” may only be a state a mind rather than a physical place. The five performers share a minimalist stage setting amplified by the surging and sculptural sounds of Oscar-winning American experimental band Son Lux.

Guillaume Côté or Natasha Poon Woo
Rakeem Hardy
Martha Hart
Benjamin Landsberg
Kelly Shaw

Creative assistant: Anisa Tejpar
Music: Son Lux
Costume design: Yso South
Lighting design: Simon Rossiter
Producer: Etienne Lavigne