BALLET EDMONTON MAKES ITS FIRST VISIT TO THE NAC WITH AN ATHLETIC PROGRAM FILLED WITH HUMANISM
Under the artistic direction of Wen Wei Wang, the show features four pieces created by three distinctive choreographic voices
OTTAWA, Canada, March 2, 2023 – On Saturday, March 11, Ballet Edmonton will make its National Arts Centre debut. For one night only, a mixed bill by three distinctive choreographic voices will light up the Southam Hall stage.
Wen Wei Wang, Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton, will present two of his creations: Persistence of Memory is a look back at the isolation forced by the pandemic and the importance of human contact; and SWAN, is inspired by the iconic characters in Swan Lake — a breathtaking work that highlights the poise and grace of ballet dancers while pushing the body’s athletic range to another level.
In BLACK MOON by Canadian choreographer Dorotea Saykaly, dancers embody the duality of ease and desperation, antigravity and heaviness, broken and fluid. And finally, in Valei-me, a piece by Diego Ramalho, Brazilian music drives the narrative structure of this emotional and energetic creation that explores how music lives in the nervous system and reflects an unconscious sense of identity.
An evening filled with physicality, tenderness, and humanity.
“Ballet Edmonton is emerging as one of Canada’s finest contemporary ballet troupes, and I’m thrilled to be welcoming them to the National Arts Centre for the first time! Since Wen Wei Wang was appointed artistic director in 2018, he has been dedicated to building an original repertoire representing strong choreographic voices from Canada and beyond. The evening’s program highlights Wen Wei’s talent, as well as that of Diego Ramalho and rising Canadian star Dorotea Saykaly.”
—Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, NAC Dance
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
In-person in Southam Hall
March 11, 8 pm
To purchase tickets, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/31882 or call 1-844-985-2787 (ARTS). To find out what you need to know before accessing the building and facilities, click: https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit
Visit the NAC website to learn more about the 2022–2023 NAC Dance season.
THANK YOU TO OUR NAC DANCE SPONSORS
NAC Dance and the NAC Foundation would like to thank the donors and partners who have made the season possible. Thank you to our Hotel Partner, the Lord Elgin Hotel. The role of Executive Producer, NAC Dance is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
ABOUT THE NAC
The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.
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