Ballet BC Opens Jacob’s Pillow 83rd Season on Wednesday [Berkshire on Stage]

June 23rd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Andrew Bartee of Ballet BC (photo: Michael Slobodian)

Andrew Bartee of Ballet BC (photo: Michael Slobodian)

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket opens its 83rd season with Canada’s premier contemporary ballet company, Ballet BC, presenting a diverse program in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday-Sunday (June 24-28). Led by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, former soloist of Ballet Frankfurt and principal of Ballet BC, the company performs works filled with intensity and technical prowess. The program includes workwithinwork by the prolific William Forsythe, Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto’s sleek and edgy Twenty Eight Thousand Waves, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Consagración set to Igor Stravinsky’s landmark score, “The Rite of Spring”.

“Ballet BC creates intensity, elegance, and excitement on stage,” says Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff. “The dancers are spectacular and they will perform a program that shows why this company has distinguished itself as one of the best on the international dance scene.”

Comprised of a select group of 18 uniquely talented and classically trained dancers, Ballet BC works with top Canadian and international choreographers to inspire innovation and collaboration. The company hallmark is incorporating their formidable ballet technique into unconventional works, pushing the boundaries of the classical idiom. Molnar explains her efforts to ensure the future of dance as a growing art form in an interview with Michael Crabb of Pointe Magazine: “My biggest responsibility is to cultivate potential, to provide a productive environment where the dancers can grow…Our work today focuses on new movement invention.”

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