Photo of Seiji Suzuki by Emily Cooper


Ballet Kelowna returns to the stage for their 2021/2022 season with two works by Alysa Pires including the long anticipated premiere of Macbeth

MAMBO, Pires' first commission for Ballet Kelowna, closes out their Reprise programme February 18+19, 2022. Since its premiere in 2018, MAMBO has become a signature work for Ballet Kelowna, touring across Canada and internationally.

The season culminates with the world premiere of Pires' Macbeth, Ballet Kelowna's first full-length commission. Originally slated to premiere in May 2020, Macbeth was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Still of Megan LeCrone in a film by KW Creative

DANCE FILM COMMISSIONED BY New York Choreographic Institute


For five days in June, Alysa worked remotely over Zoom to create movement for a new dance film. Commissioned by New York Choreographic Institute, this project was part of their 2021 digital sessions, a pandemic related pivot from their traditional in-person sessions in New York. 

Outside In was directed and edited by Emily Kikta and Peter Walker of KW Creative and features New York City Ballet dancers Megan LeCrone, Victor Abreu, Isabella Lafreniere, and Davide Riccardo. Filmed onsite at Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus, the piece is set to music by composer Poppy Ackroyd.

Photo of Genevieve Penn Nabity by Karolina Kuras

in a state of vanishing


From August 9-29, the National Ballet will be in residence at Harboufront Centre. Sharing the Stage includes free workshops, open rehearsals featuring guest companies, and the National Ballet of Canada's long-awaited return to live performance.

Originally commissioned for the company's digital Spotlight Series, Pires' in a state of vanishing will make it's stage debut on August 26th. Featuring Principal Dancer Piotr Stancyzk, in a state of vanishing will be performed alongside pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as works by Kevin Ormsby and Robert Binet. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.

Photo of Alexandra Hughes and Aaron Anker by Alexandra Gibson.



As part of their return to live performances, Alberta Ballet is remounting an excerpt of Pires' Frenzied Order. Commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada, Frenzied Order premiered in Fall 2019 and was set to make its international debut as part of the Royal Ballet's International DraftWorks programme in London, England when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. 

Frenzied Order makes its Alberta Ballet premiere as part of Rhythms of 17th, with two outdoor performances on August 6th and 13th. Tickets are free, but pre-booking is required.

Photo of Hannah Galway by Karolina Kuras


Echo Chamber returns to the stage at the Toronto Summer Music Festival! Echo Chamber Toronto merges chamber music and contemporary dance in unique performances. 


This performance features choreography by Alysa Pires danced by Tyler Gledhill, Kelly Shaw, Hannah Shikatani, Renee Smith, and National Ballet of Canada artists Hannah Galway and Alexander Skinner.  Played by the Rosebud String Quartet, musical repertoire includes Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Caroline Shaw, Carmen Braden, and Benjamin Britten. 

The livestream will air on Thursday July 22nd at 7:30pm EST. The performance is free and requires no registration. The video link will be available on the day of the show. 

Photo of Alysa Pires by Karolina Kuras




On June 22nd, Karen Kain announced her final season of programming as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, which includes a world premiere by Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires. 

This marks Pires' first mainstage commission for the company since her appointment as Choreographic Associate in 2019. This new work will premiere on March 23, 2021 and will be presented alongside a world premiere by newly promoted Principal Dancer Siphesihle November, the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, and Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations


Photo of Piotr Stanczyk in a video by Paul McNaulty

in a state of vanishing




"New Voices" is now live! The National Ballet of Canada's newest programme in their digital season is online. A programme of all world premieres, "New Voices" features films choreographed by Jera Wolfe, Alysa Pires, and Kevin A. Ormsby.

Starring Principal Dancer Piotr Stancyzk, Pires' work in a state of vanishing was filmed by Paul McNaulty and edited by Sean Leonard. 


Photo of Piotr Stanczyk in a video by Paul McNaulty


in a state of vanishing



Alysa Pires' newest work, in a state of vanishing, will premiere as part of the National Ballet of Canada's Spotlight Series. The "New Voices" programme also features world premieres by Kevin A. Ormsby and Jera Wolfe and will be available from April 27th. 

In this behind the scenes video, Pires talks about the inspiration for this new solo for Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk. 


Photo of Seiji Suzuki by Trygg Nelson


Ballet Kelowna returns to the stage with their first-ever livestream performance. The livestream includes world premieres by Ballet BC artist Kirsten Wicklund, Ballet Kelowna's Seiji Suzuki, as well as the return of Alysa Pires' In Between.

Ballet Kelowna first performed In Between in November 2018 after its world premiere with the National Ballet of Canada in January of that year.

The performance will air live at 7:30pm PST on April 17th and will also be available on-demand until April 24th. 


Photo of Christopher Gerty by Lookout Content


The National Ballet of Canada's film adaptation of Pires' In Between will be featured in Battery Dance Festival's upcoming virtual season. "Canadian Voices in Dance" also includes works by RUBBERBAND, Citadel+Compagnie, Kaeja d'Dance, and Tanveer Alam. 

"Canadian Voices in Dance" will premiere on March 25th at 7pm and will be available for free until April 22nd. 

Click the link below to see the full "Canadian Voices in Dance" programme as well as interviews with the artists. 


Photo by Karolina Kuras




Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires has been commissioned to create a new work for The National Ballet of Canada's Virtual Season. Premiering in Spring of 2021 as part of the "Spotlight Series" programme, this solo work was created with Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk. 

Exploring themes of memory, loss, and decay, in a state of vanishing is set to Bach's Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G Minor. Accompanied by NBOC Concertmaster Aaron Schwebel with videography by Paul McNaulty, this film will be available for online viewing for 30 days after its premiere. 


Photo of Desiree Bortolussi and Valentin Chou by Nina Maria Photography



When the Covid-19 pandemic reached Canada in mid-March 2020, Ballet Kelowna was in the midst of creating the company's first full-length commission, Alysa Pires' Macbeth.


Eight months later, with all safety precautions in place, rehearsals resumed. Over the course of four weeks in November and December, Pires worked with a small number of dancers to continue developing this brand new work. After such a long hiatus, it was a meaningful and fruitful creation period.

Stay tuned for news, including a new premiere date!



As part of World Ballet Day 2020, The National Ballet of Canada is presenting a special viewing of their "Expansive Dances" series, which includes Alysa Pires' "In Between." On Thursday October 29, join The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and more for livestreams and behind the scenes content from some of the world's top companies.

The National Ballet of Canada's "Expansive Dances" will be presented at 9:30am EST.


Photo of Christopher Gerty by Lookout Content


The National Ballet of Canada is launching its Virtual Season with three brand new dance films created by the company's Choreographic Associates Robert Binet, Guillaume Côté, and Alysa Pires. Produced by Ben Shirinian and Jared Cook of Lookout Content and directed by Shirinian, the new films will be released on September 10, 15, and 22 respectively. 

Pires adapted sections of her existing work In Between into a solo danced by Second Soloist Christopher Gerty. Filmed amongst the kilns at Evergreen Brick Works, this new version of In Between trades tights and ballet slippers for a t-shirt and sneakers. 


Photo of Alexi Skinner by Karolina Kuras




In celebration of Canada Day, The Globe and Mail brought together artists from nine organizations across the country to create a video to Leonard Cohen's Anthem. Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires collaborated with Corps de Ballet member Alexi Skinner to represent the National Ballet of Canada. 


Performed by The Toronto Symphony Orchestra with vocalists from The Canadian Opera Company, the video also features Atlantic Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Red Sky Performance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Ballet BC, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. 

Photo of Desiree Bortolussi and Valentin Chou by Simone Orlando






In honour of what would have been the world premiere of Macbeth, Ballet Kelowna has released a behind the scenes look at the creation of the company's first commissioned full-length work. Meet some of the team behind this brand new ballet and get a first look inside rehearsals. 

Photo of Desiree Bortolussi and Valentin Chou by Emily Cooper






Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ballet Kelowna has cancelled the May 1+2, 2020 premiere of Alysa Pires' Macbeth. Ticket holders should have received an email from Kelowna Tickets with options on how to proceed.  

Photo of Desiree Bortolussi and Valentin Chou by David Cooper




In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall for Dance North Festival has released select archival videos for at home viewing. For a limited time, you can watch Ballet Kelowna's performance of MAMBO at the 2018 festival.  

Photo of McKeely Borger, Anri Hirota, and Kelsey Hanna by Nina Maria Photography



Ballet Kelowna presents "Building a Ballet," a fundraising event in support of the company's first full-length commission, Macbeth by Alysa Pires. 


March 13, 2020


Kelowna Community Theatre 

Photo of Zsakira Del Col and company by Kendra Epik. Lighting Design by Chris Malkowski.

World Premiere for

Ace Dance Theatre



Ace Dance Theatre presents Shift, a mixed programme of contemporary dance including a world premiere by Alysa Pires.

Friday January 24 - 8PM
Saturday January 25 - 8PM
Sunday January 26 - 1PM/6PM

Winchester Street Theatre


Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. Lighting Design by Simon Rossiter. Costume Design by Alessia Urbani.

"not with a bang..." at DanceWeekend'20



Excerpts from Alysa Pires' not with a bang, but a whimper will be back onstage at Dance Ontario DanceWeekend'20. Originally created for Ryerson Dances 2019, this work features 23 students of Ryerson School of Performance. 


Sunday January 26


Dance Ontario's DanceWeekend'20

Fleck Dance Theatre 

Photo of Kelly Shaw and Jake Poloz by Alysa Pires.




Alysa Pires Dance Projects is premiering a new work at two events in Toronto.


Thursday January 23 - 12PM

The Canadian Opera Company's Free Concert Series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphiteatre


Saturday January 25 - 4:20PM

Dance Ontario's DanceWeekend'20

Fleck Dance Theatre 

Photo of National Ballet of Canada Apprentices with Alysa Pires, Aiden Lee, and Lisa Robinson


Alysa Pires' latest piece for the National Ballet of Canada was created on the Apprentice company and performed as part of their YOU Dance programming. After attending a relaxed performance, 16-year-old Aiden Lee was inspired by Pires' Frenzied Order and creating a painting in response. Lee donated his piece to the National Ballet where it is now proudly displayed at the company's home, the Walter Carsen Centre.

Watch the video linked below to learn more about the National Ballet of Canada's relaxed performances and to hear from Aiden himself.