Ballet British Columbia

Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the research, creation, production, presentation and education of contemporary ballet. Bold, innovative, and sophisticated, our company’s distinctive style and approach has helped the company make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance and art.

Ballet BC consists of a select group of 15 dancers (12 Canadian, 3 international) with exceptional classical and contemporary dance training who are uniquely individual for their artistry, dynamic movement, creativity, intelligence and passion. The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet from the late 20th and early 21st centuries and is a hotbed for the research, creation and performance of new dances that push the boundaries of contemporary ballet.

The Company’s repertoire has works from acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, George Balanchine, John Alleyne, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Crystal Pite, José Navas, Nicolo Fonte, Wen Wei Wang, Paul Taylor, Serge Bennathan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Agnes de Mille, Dominique Dumais, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Jean Grand-Maître, Emily Molnar, Simone Orlando, and Myriam Naisy.

Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC, and the Frankfurt Ballet, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers, and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary ballet.

The company encourages individual choreographers to develop and in a broader sense we aspire to develop choreography and the art form. We embrace excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style. We honour its roots and components. Our position is that contemporary ballet is the ballet of today.

Ballet BC regularly performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) in the fall, winter and spring. We tour provincially, nationally and internationally. To complement the repertoire and activities of the Company, we also present national and international guest companies in our subscription series. Including QET and community performances, annual local and regional tours, audience engagement activities and programming for children and youth, up to 25,000 guests see Ballet BC presentations each season.

Ballet BC’s outreach and education programs include: The Artist Salon, Alternative Space Program, Sneak Previews, Studio Visits, Pre-show Chats, and Student Dress Rehearsals. Our programs directed to the professional dance milieu include: The Choreographic Series, Choreographic Workshops, Professional Development program, Artist-in-Residence program, company apprenticeship, and Summer Dance Intensive. Also to note is our Resident Choreographer position held by José Navas for the period 2010-2013.

As a cultural institution, we bring value and opportunity to the life of the community that generously supports us. We are a creative place, a collaborative environment. We are a company that aims to create dance at its most essential: visceral, powerful, thought provoking and transformative.

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Persons

  • Burton, Alexander
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Dinuzzi, Dario
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Ellis, Livona
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Fletcher, Alexis
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Forgeron, Maggie
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Fretz, Alyson
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Gnam, Connor
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Prince, Racheal
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Sales, Donald
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Small, Gilbert
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Smida, Peter
    Contemporary dance / Dancer
  • Wallace, Makaila
    Contemporary dance / Dancer