SWAN ⓒ Cooper and Ohara

Ballet Edmonton

Mixed Repertoire

2023-03-11 20:00 2023-03-11 22:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Ballet Edmonton

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/31882

In-person event

Ballet Edmonton presents a mixed repertoire program of four exquisite works by three outstanding choreographic voices. Two works by celebrated choreographer and Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang, Persistence of Memory and Swan, are joined by Valei-me, by emerging creator, Brazilian-born Diego Ramalho, and a stunning new creation by Canadian Dorotea Saykaly.   RUNNING TIME:
Swan by Wen Wei Wang (18 min.)
(short pause)
Valei-me by Diego Ramalho (24 min.) 
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Southam Hall,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
Saturday, March 11, 2023
8 PM EST
SWAN ⓒ Cooper and Ohara
Valei-Me credit : ⓒ Nanc Price
Persistence of Memory credit: ⓒ Nanc Price
Dance Contemporary
  • In-person event
  • ≈ 1 hour and 44 minutes · With intermission

NAC Premiere

Ballet Edmonton presents a mixed repertoire program of four exquisite works by three outstanding choreographic voices. Two works by celebrated choreographer and Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang, Persistence of Memory and Swan, are joined by Valei-me, by emerging creator, Brazilian-born Diego Ramalho, and a stunning new creation by Canadian Dorotea Saykaly.  

RUNNING TIME:
Swan by Wen Wei Wang (18 min.)
(short pause)
Valei-me by Diego Ramalho (24 min.) 
(Intermission-20 min.)
BLACKMOON by Dorotea Saykaly (22 min.) 
(short pause)
Persistence of Memory by Wen Wei Wang (22 min.)


Persistence of Memory by Wen Wei Wang

“As the pandemic stretched to the whole world, billions of people were separated from each other, isolated in their own spaces. Art has kept us connected; it shortened the distance between us and provided comfort, encouragement, and hope.”  - Wen Wei Wang   

Persistence of Memory was created amid the 2020 pandemic when access to family, friends or audiences were not possible. The piece speaks to the need for human contact and love, inspired by the distances and constraints that have become part of all our lives these past few years.   

BLACKMOON by Dorotea Saykaly

Dorotea Saykaly will present a World Premiere on our biggest stage. BLACKMOON explores our complex relationship to faith by utilizing an archaic sci-fi approach to storytelling and strange image-making. Moving between sinuous, seemingly boneless movement and sharp, accentuated angles, the dancers embody the duality of ease and desperation, antigravity and heaviness, broken and fluid. Although described as cinematic, her work is always inspired by her amazement towards human fragility, beauty and complexity.

Swan by Wen Wei Wang

“Swan, choreographed by Wen Wei Wang, proved itself as a stunning, flawless endeavour that had its audience breathless by the time the curtain closed…” - Lord of Dogwood - Review 

Swan is a remount of the choreographer’s masterful piece, which first debuted with Ballet BC in 2016. Inspired by the iconic characters in Swan Lake, this breathtaking work highlights Wang’s capacity to move dancers in ways that exemplify the poise and grace of the balletic dancer while expanding the vocabulary of movement to tell a familiar story through a new lens.

Valei-me by Diego Ramalho

“I want the audience to be free to bring their own ideas about what I am saying and imagine their own sense of place and belonging“  - Diego Ramalho 

Valei-me contemplates how we are influenced by where we first “belonged.” The work explores how music lives in the nervous system and reflects an unconscious sense of identity connected to place. Brazilian music drives the narrative structure of this work. 

SWAN ⓒ Cooper and Ohara
Valei-Me credit : ⓒ Nanc Price
Persistence of Memory credit: ⓒ Nanc Price

Artists

  • Rehearsal Director Yoko Kanomata
  • Lighting Designer/Technical Director Dorrie Deutschendorf
  • Executive Director Sheri Somerville
  • Ballet Edmonton Artists Ariana Barr
    Chloe Bennett
    Paula Cobo Botello
    Adrian de Leeuw
    Yoko Kanomata
    Devon McLean
    Connor McLeary
    Diego Ramalho
    Samuel Ramos
    Matthew Wyllie
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