Ballet BC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration with The Turning Point Ensemble

Alexis Fletcher photo by Chris Randle 4x6Despite the fact that I never have done actual ballet, I’ve done all forms of competitive dance, including contemporary. So I’m always keen to highlight events that are associated with dance, performing arts and music in general. I recently learned that Ballet BC will have their 25th Anniversary Celebration with The Turning Point Ensemble at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from April 14-16, 2011. Tickets for Ballet BC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787 (855.985.ARTS) or online at Ticketmaster and range in price from $35 -$70 (including HST). I really love the work that Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar has been creating.

Photo credit: Chris Randle

More on Ballet BC:

Ballet BC, a company of 15 talented dancers from around the world, is committed to the ballet of today. Solidly grounded in the classical ballet lexicon but with more immediacy and connection to the 21st century, the company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet. Now in its 25th anniversary year, Ballet BC continues its commitment to perform on multiple regional, national and international tours in addition to its regular performance season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

I am really looking forward to the 4 works to be presented during the anniversary, including collaborations between Serge Bennathan and Michael Oesterle, Wen Wei Wang’s piece to Owen Underhill’s music, Gioconda Barbuto’s piece with Anthony Genge and Donald Sales to the score of “cheating, lying and stealing”. All of them promise to be excellent pieces.

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the first weekend night of the 3 day 25th Anniversary of Ballet BC’s Celebrations, April 15th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I will draw a random winner of all entries accumulated via Twitter on April 12th at 5pm. and comments on this blog telling me your favorite ballet piece. With the resurgence and popularization of ballet lately (thank you Natalie Portman and Black Swan) I could almost bet people would love the Swan Lake. But my own favorite is actually the recent Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Moulin Rouge. Surprising, eh?

You can add an entry on top of a comment by posting the following on Twitter:

Told @hummingbird604 my favorite ballet piece for a chance to win tickets to @BalletBC 25 anniversary. What’s yours?

And if you don’t win my contest, you still should totally check out the work of Ballet BC (and follow them on Twitter at @BalletBC).

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  2. Ballet BC presents BLISS (win tickets!)
  3. Colourful World with the Turning Point Ensemble (guest review by @rsaloust)
  4. Colourful World: Turning Point Ensemble Concert (Jan 29th, 2012 at The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woordward’s)
  5. National Ballet of Canada on tour (giveaway)

Comments (13)

KathyApril 3rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I saw Swan Lake for the first time at Royal Albert Hall last summer in London – totally loved it! That is my favourite ballet piece at the moment.

Jessica Roberts-FarinaApril 4th, 2011 at 8:15 am

This may be typical, but I’m going with the American Ballet Theatre’s performance of Swan Lake here at the Queen Elizabeth back when I was a kid. Around 15 years ago, I think?
I will never forget it. They showed us how it was done. It was mesmerizing, moving, and magical beyond words.
My second favourite would probably be Ballet BC’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream some years ago. Puck was played by a strong curvy woman and she was fantastic! It wasn’t set-heavy, but minimalistic, with the dancers and the music giving us all the imagery we needed.

RebeccaApril 4th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My childhood nostalgia for “The Nutcracker” is huge. However, I would really like to watch more ballets and become more knowledgable about this art form.

TeresaApril 5th, 2011 at 8:37 am


PaulApril 5th, 2011 at 9:28 am

My most favourite full length ballet of all time is Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Don Quixote. My personal fave for short length is Peter & The Wolf

DoritaApril 5th, 2011 at 9:43 am

Romeo & Juliet definitely my favorite.

AshleyApril 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am

It has always been the Nutcracker. In high school I did a research project on Karen Kain (a now retired Canadian ballet dancer), I wanted to see her last dance but it didn’t work out.

AllisonApril 6th, 2011 at 9:53 am

Don Quixote

JennyApril 6th, 2011 at 11:14 am


JustinneApril 7th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

This is the best I’ve ever seen (though I have never actually “seen” ballet) :

It’s the Chinese version of Swan Lake…0:45 and onwards is amazing!
Justinne recently posted..Walkin’ in a Whistler Wonderland

Kristin SundeApril 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

My favorite ballet/contemporary piece is Le Petit Mort coreographed by Jiri Kylian. BUT (as I read the other responses) if you want a “real” ballet then I would say the post-modern adaption of Swan Lake by Mats Ek (one of my top 3 choreographers from the swedish Cullberg ballet). This piece is terrific!

RaulApril 13th, 2011 at 7:18 am

UPDATE – The winner is Kristin Sunde. Congratulations!

business reviewApril 21st, 2011 at 11:16 am

….That Ballet BC is even around to celebrate its 25th anniversary is a miracle given that the company declared bankruptcy in 2008. She has fashioned Ballet BC into a 15-member lean mean contemporary ballet repertory company specializing in Eurocentric and Canadian choreography.

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