At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Ballet BC presents Program 2
1st Flash, Choreography Jorma Elo
Originally commissioned for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2003, we are excited to bring back Jorma Elo’s commanding 1st Flash. This “virtuosic mind-blower” premiered in Vancouver in 2011 and was an immediate success. An ambitious piece set to Jean Sibelius’ inspired violin concerto, six dancers create a harmony of sound and movement as the music interrupts their silence and charges it with beauty and musicality.
New Work, Choreography Adi Salant
Former Co-Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, Adi Salant, delivers a mesmerizing world with her choreography. Anchored by a deep sense of presence, her compelling work balances explosive physicality and a delicate sensibility of the unpredictable. Ballet BC is honoured to be the first company in North America to commission a new creation by this powerful, emerging dance maker.
Solo Echo, Choreography Crystal Pite
Internationally celebrated choreographer Crystal Pite explores recurring themes of acceptance and loss with Solo Echo, a work originally developed for Nederlands Dans Theater. Inspired by two sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms—creative touchstones for the artist throughout her career—and the poem Lines for Winter by Mark Strand, Pite continues her lifelong artistic exploration of tension and its resolution. Solo Echo moves from aggression to yearning, from the individual to the collective, travelling the pathways from conflict to acceptance. Having performed the work on a number of international stages – from Madrid to Toronto, London to Los Angeles, making Pite’s inventive work a signature for the company, Ballet BC is thrilled to showcase Solo Echo on its home stage in Vancouver.
Photography Michael Slobodian