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 Coté, 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.