Choreographer Emily Molnar's relationship with the National Arts Centre began when she first danced on stage with the National Ballet of Canada. She was seventeen years old.
Now Artistic Director of Ballet BC, Molnar is one of three Canadian choreographers who have been commissioned by the NAC to create new works to mark Canada's sesquicentennial. The commissions will be presented in a performance titled ENCOUNT3RS, co-produced by NAC Dance and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Molnar selected Nicole Lizée to compose the music for her new work. "We had a long list of composers we were able to look at. And Nicole's name kept coming up to the top... she's fascinating" says Molnar.
Both creators originally hail from Saskatchewan and that was something that resonated with Molnar. They are both drawn to the idea of deconstruction and collaborate closely with their performers during the creative process. Together these innovative artists will push the boundaries of their respective art forms and experiment with space and time.
"There's going to be all kinds of ideas that we're going to play with. And I'm really excited about what the possibilities might be."