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BALLET KELOWNA
DANCE BY THE LAKE

 

Ballet Kelowna's brand new Pop-Up Series begins with Dance by the Lake: four days of free workshops and demonstrations at Kelowna City Park's Jubilee Grandstand. 

The event culminates in a special performance by the company featuring audience-favourite MAMBO by Alysa Pires. 

All workshops and performances are free to the public, but some pre-registration is required. Follow the link below for a detailed schedule of events and for registration.  

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SKYWARD FLIES TO
ALBERTA BALLET

 

Alberta Ballet's 2022/2023 season includes the company premiere of Alysa Pires' Skyward. Commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada, Skyward had its world premiere in March 2022. 

Skyward will be presented as part of an exciting mixed bill alongside works by Cathy Marston and Helen Pickett. 

 

Away We Go will be onstage in Calgary from October 27-29, 2022 and in Edmonton from November 4-5, 2022. 

Photo of Spencer Hack, Chelsy Meiss, and Donald Thom by Karolina Kuras
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ONE WEEK UNTIL THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "MACBETH"

 

After two years of delays, Ballet Kelowna is finally one week away from the world premiere of Alysa Pires' Macbeth. The company's first full-length commission was originally set to premiere in May 2020 before being postponed due to the pandemic. Check out the news coverage of this exciting premiere below:

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NEW COMMISSION FOR
NEW YORK CITY BALLET

 

New York City Ballet has announced their 2022/2023 season which includes a new commission by Alysa Pires. Making its world premiere at the Spring Gala in May 2023, Pires' new work will be an expansion of "Standard Deviation" which was originally created as part of the New York Choreographic Institute Spring 2019 Session. Featuring a new score by composer Jack Frerer, this marks Pires' first work for New York City Ballet. 

The 21st Century Choreography II programme also features a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon, and The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck. 

Photo of students of the School of American Ballet by Rosalie O'Connor
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INSIDE THE STUDIO WITH
ALYSA PIRES' SKYWARD

 

Get an inside look behind the scenes as Alysa Pires rehearses her new work for the National Ballet of Canada. Skyward makes its world premiere on March 9, 2022. 

 

Due to recent easing of restrictions by the Ontario Government, performances will now be presented at 100% capacity. The Winter Mixed Programme also features Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations, and On Solid Ground, a world premiere by Principal Dancer Siphesihle November. 

Photo of Spencer Hack by Karolina Kuras
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MAMBO ON TOUR

This season, Ballet Kelowna will grace stages from coast to coast with MAMBO & Other Works, a mixed programme culminating with Alysa Pires' MAMBO

British Columbia Tour - November 2021

Oliver (Nov 10), Golden (Nov 15), Creston (Nov 18), Nelson (Nov 20)

Atlantic Canada Tour - February/March 2022

Fredericton (Feb 24), Saint John (Feb 27), Charlottetown (Mar 2), St John's (Mar 6), Gander (Mar 9), Corner Brook (Mar 12)

Quebec Tour - May 2022

Montreal (May 11, 13, 15), Victoriaville (May 18)

Photo of Desiree Bortolussi and Valentin Chou by David Cooper
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BALLET KELOWNA ANNOUNCES 2021/2022 SEASON

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. 

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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.

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in a state of vanishing
LIVE PERFORMANCE

 

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 Piotr Stanczyk in a film by Paul McNaulty
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ALBERTA BALLET PERFORMS FRENZIED ORDER

 

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.

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ECHO CHAMBER at the
TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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. 

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WORLD PREMIERE FOR THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA 2021/2022 SEASON

 

 

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

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF

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 Piotr Stanczyk in a video by Paul McNaulty
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BALLET KELOWNA LIVESTREAM

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. 

 

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NEW WORK FOR THE
NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA DIGITAL SEASON

 

 

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. 

 

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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 Christopher Gerty by Lookout Content
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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. 

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FRENZIED ORDER PAINTING

Alysa Pires' Frenzied Order was created on the National ballet of Canada Apprentices 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. 

 

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