NEWS

WORLD BALLET DAY

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

EXPANSIVE DANCES

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

ANTHEM TO

CANADIAN DANCE

 

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

MACBETH 

BEHIND THE SCENES 

VIDEO

 

 

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

MAMBO VIDEO

 

 

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 McKeely Borger, Anri Hirota, and Kelsey Hanna by Nina Dombrowsky

BUILDING A BALLET

 

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

7PM-10PM

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

4:50PM

Dance Ontario's DanceWeekend'20

Fleck Dance Theatre 

Photo of Kelly Shaw and Jake Poloz by Alysa Pires.

APDP at

DanceWeekend'20

 

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

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. 

 

​© 2020 by Alysa Pires. All photos by Adam Sakiyama unless otherwise noted.

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