Sunday, March 9, 2014


Jazzin' It Up

Ballet Kelowna InnOvation show coming to Chilliwack March 22

Released by Glenna Turnbull, Ballet Kelowna


Clare Bassett in the Simone Orlando ballet, I Remember You. Below, Desiree Bortolussi and Manuel Sorge in the same ballet, photo credit: Glenna Turnbull Photography


allet Kelowna dancers are back on their toes and preparing to leap into your hearts with their upcoming show, InnOvation, a program designed to celebrate great Canadian choreography.


From the poignantly heartbreaking I Remember You, to the joyously uplifting Exsultate, Jubilate, Ballet Kelowna’s spring show will feature the dancers performing pieces that truly showcase their new motto, ‘Excellence in Motion’.


Award winning jazz musician Neville Bowman has created an original score for a brand new ballet, Redux Continuum, choreographed by Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director, David LaHay. “It tells the story of what might happen if the Ballet Master was to leave the classroom,” said LaHay.


Each of the dancers are given a chance to shine in what they do best in this piece, set to the innovative original score by Bowman.

Tossing in a dash of humour will be #weddingdayproblems by Ballet Kelowna alumna, Raelynn Heppell, set to the song, All I Do Is Cry by vocalist Etta James.

Humour won’t be all that gets ‘tossed’ into the mix. Watch as ballerina Desiree Bortolussi is tossed in the air in a hold-your-breath throw and catch by her partner Jed Duifhuis during the pas de deux from iconic Canadian choreographer Brian Macdonald’s Tam Ti Delam.

Tam Ti Delam holds a special place in LaHay’s heart as he was part of the original cast when Macdonald created the piece on Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Ballet Kelowna dancers will be wearing the original costumes for this, on loan from Les Grands.

Rounding out the program will be the exquisitely elegant Etude by another of Canada’s great choreographers, Kay Armstrong.
From InnOvation to standing ovation, prepare for an evening of ‘Excellence in Motion’ as Ballet Kelowna dancers take to the stage this spring.

Mar 1 – Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Mar 4 – Trail: Charles Baily Theatre
Mar 8 – Summerland Centre Stage Theatre
Mar 14 – Salmon Arm: Shuswap Theatre
Mar 22 – Chilliwack Cultural Centre Mainstage Auditorium
Mar 23 – Maple Ridge: The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre
Apr 9 – Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
Apr 11 – Golden Civic Centre

Apr 13 – Kamloops: Sagebrush Theatre

Apr 25 – Kelowna Community Theatre

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