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
BACK IN THE STUDIO WITH BALLET KELOWNA
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.
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.
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
BEHIND THE SCENES
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
MACBETH PREMIERE CANCELLED
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 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.
Photo of National Ballet of Canada Apprentices with Alysa Pires, Aiden Lee, and Lisa Robinson
FRENZIED ORDER PAINTING
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.