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September 24, 2011

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Ballet Rocks: from classic Bach to classic Floyd
Ballet Victoria’s season opener rocks its way through British Columbia

September 19, 2011  | Victoria, BC, Canada

This season, Ballet Victoria’s artistic director Paul Destrooper wanted to showcase the versatility of his company’s dancers by having them perform many different styles of dance set to classic Bach and classic rock.  All in the first show!

So for their 2011-2012 season opener, Ballet Rocks — From Bach to Pink Floyd, Ballet Victoria is performing nine works with seven premieres by six brilliant choreographers. “I think this will show the depth of the company, artistically and dramatically, in a mixed program that’s exciting, accessible and challenging at the same time,” says Destrooper, whose premieres of his own works, Le Banc and Dance Dreams, are also on the ticket.

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Ballet Rocks opens Oct 7-9 at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, then starts its tour in three more locations in British Columbia: Oct 14th at the Max Cameron in Powell River. Oct 22nd at the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan and at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, BC, Oct 29th.    

In Victoria only, Denise Djokic, internationally celebrated Canadian cellist, will perform five Bach Cello suites. The hard-core 110-minute program is laced with humour, and showcases the dancers talents as well as new company dancer/choreographer Sandrine Cassini. 

The following eight works plus a Finale will be performed:

The Playground (premiere)
Choreographer Daniela Sodero (retired soloist from Alberta Ballet)
Music: J.S. Bach, performed by Hilary Hahn
“The virtuosity and lightness of a neo-classical ballet.”

Facets of Light (premiere)
Choreography: Paul Knobloch (rising star Australian choreographer)
Music: J.S. Bach
“The music is beautiful – this kind of choreography follows BV’s  concepts of  “the art of light.”

Bach On Pointe (premiere)
Choreography: Constance Cooke (BC contemporary Choreographer)
Music: J.S. Bach

Le Banc (premiere)
Choreography: Paul Destrooper
Music: J.S. Bach performed by Denise Djokic (Victoria shows only) – Yoyo Ma recording on tour.
“A glimpse at an object that is a crossroad, that strings together humanity through time and space, where memories live on and new ones are created.”

The Wall (premiere)
Choreography: Sandrine Cassini (French prima ballerina and choreographer)
Music:  Pink Floyd
“All in all, it’s just another brick in The Wall.”

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Choreography:  Bruce Monk (from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
Music: Pink Floyd
“Hello…is there anybody out there?”

Dance Dreams (premiere)
Choreographer: Paul Destrooper
Music: Pink Floyd
“Remember when you were young? You shone like the sun. Shine on, you crazy diamond.”

Wish You Were Here (premiere)
Choreography: Sandrine Cassini
Music: Pink Floyd
“Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail, a smile from a veil?”

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THE 2011-2012 SEASON

Ballet Victoria`s 2011-2012 season also includes Cinderella & the Fairy Tale Ball, a family holiday favourite (opens Dec 27, 2011 in Victoria); Vivaldi`s 4 Seasons, drawing inspiration from the rugged beauty of the West Coast and its First People (opens Mar 16, 2012 in Victoria); and A Midsummer Night`s Dream & Other Works, combining Shakespeare`s wit with choreographic magic (opens May 31, 2012 in Victoria). TICKETS can be bought from Ballet Victoria.

ABOUT BALLET VICTORIA:

Founded in 2002, Ballet Victoria has transformed over the last three years into a first-class professional arts organization. Under the artistic direction of Paul Destrooper, the company has become a cultural asset to Victoria and the province, receiving accolades in national and international media. Each season, BV presents three productions, with innovative full-length and one-act ballets, as well as established works by world renowned choreographers such as G. Balanchine, N. Vesak, J. Lemay, M. Petipa and new creations by B. Monk, P. Destrooper, S. Hounsell and S. Cassini.

Paul’s choreography focuses on ballet as an “Art of Light” — shaping light with movement to reflect musicality and trigger emotion. He has choreographed over twenty-five works and three full-length ballets, all of which have been performed to rave reviews in Canada, the USA and Japan. Ballet Victoria is emerging as a significant force in Victoria’s community, making a passionate artistic and economic contribution. We call this driving force and strategy “ART ECO.” A launching pad for local artists’ creations and performances, BV employs not only professional dancers, but also musicians, designers for costumes and lighting, photographers, theatre crew for front and back of house, a publicist, printers, etc., all of whom are residents of the City of Gardens!

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