Ballet Kelowna: Dawn



Ballet Kelowna Explores the Breadth of Human Expression with 2019/20 Season Launch of
– Dawn –

High energy mixed program features Special Western Canadian Appearance by The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson

Kelowna, BCBallet Kelowna launches its 17th season with Dawn, a thrilling mixed program presented at the Kelowna Community Theatre on November 1 & 2, 2019 at 7:30pm. Dawn will feature the world premiere of Ion, an innovative work created by celebrated dancer, teacher, and choreographer Heather Dotto; the company premiere of Bolero from The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté; and the return of Doppeling from Ballet Kelowna’s own Simone Orlando. Audiences will also have a chance to see internationally acclaimed ballerina Greta Hodgkinson  perform before she retires from The National Ballet of Canada in 2020, following a stellar 30 year dance career.

Dawn examines many aspects of humanity as expressed through dynamic movement,” says Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando. “Each piece in this kinetic program reveals an aspect of female identity and one’s deep desire to break free from conformity and find an independent voice. Furthermore, the engaging choreography and spectacular dancers involved in this performance are an undeniable testament to the incredible talent that exists in this country.”

Following the success of rising choreographer Dotto’s debut work Petrushka last spring, Ballet Kelowna will unveil her highly charged world premiere of Ion. A live study of the physical intersections between light, movement, and electrical shock, Dotto drew inspiration for this cutting-edge work from her reflections on what it would be like to be struck by lightning. Through movement, she demonstrates the impact of electrical currents on the human body, and the way they create a tumultuous physical reaction. During the performance of Ion, the dancers will transform into atoms or fragments of matter being pulled together and pushed apart like magnets. Dotto’s sharp, angular, and incredibly fast choreography is set to music by composer Owen Belton and multimedia composers Rafael Krux and Kevin Macleod, juxtaposed with Johannes Brahms’ beautiful Intermezzo in E Major, Op. 116, providing the audience with a voltaic and poetic presentation that is sure to evoke shock and awe.

The strength and resilience of women will be celebrated in the company premiere of Bolero, choreographed by The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Associate Côté. Hailed by Dance Magazine as a “riveting tour de force,” the work was first staged in 2012 and remounted for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ballet Kelowna’s presentation of Bolero will feature international dance superstar and National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Hodgkinson, performing alongside Ballet Kelowna’s gifted male dancers. In a display of incredible althleticism, the work depicts a woman breaking away from containment and forging a path to a strong and independent future. The intricate choreography brings strength and fragility to a fascinating interpretation of the beloved composition Bolero by Maurice Ravel, one of music’s most famous and identifiable melodies.

A native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, Côté studied at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004, and in 2013, he assumed the role of Choreographic Associate. Côté’s work No. 24 won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition in 2011, and entered The National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire in 2013. Côté has also been honoured with La médaille de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec in 2011 for his work in the arts, as well as the 2012 Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. In September 2014, Côté was named the Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur — the largest summer dance festival in the country.

Hodgkinson was born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at The National Ballet School. Later she joined The National Ballet of Canada, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity, and articulate characterization, Hodgkinson is the complete ballerina, par excellence. She has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. Throughout her illustrious career, Hodgkinson has worked closely with world renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, and James Kudelka. Hodgkinson’s upcoming performance with Ballet Kelowna marks the last time she will perform in Western Canada before she retires from a brilliant career in dance.

Rounding out the program is Orlando’s popular Doppeling, originally created for Ballet BC in 2009 and mounted again in 2011. The playful work described by The Georgia Straight as “a gender-bending vision of doppelganger ballerinas breaking loose,” will feature an ensemble of 10 Ballet Kelowna dancers dressed identically in shimmering unitards and bobbed wigs. Orlando’s cleverly constructed theatrical romp, set to J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, is a mesmerizing commentary on conformity and individuality that is at once playful and serene, as well as voguishly fun.

Born in Vancouver, Orlando completed her dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and subsequently joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1989. She became a member of Ballet BC in 1996 where she danced for 13 years as one of the company’s most celebrated principal artists. Orlando’s choreographic explorations began in 1997. Praised for her mature and sensitive ideas, vision, musicality, and delineation of movement and space, she has received numerous commissions including those from Ballet BC, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Ballet Kelowna. Orlando is the recipient of a 2004 Vancouver Arts Award, the 2006 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, a 2009 Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, and the 2013 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Award.

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About Ballet Kelowna (
Founded in 2002, Ballet Kelowna is the sole professional dance company in BC’s Interior. The organization is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers. The Company performs annually for more than 12,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, and provides unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs. Its Artistic Director and CEO, Simone Orlando, is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada.

LISTING INFORMATION Ballet Kelowna presents Dawn
Dates: November 1 & 2, 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: Kelowna Tickets
In person: 100-2600 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC
Online: and
By phone: 250.862.2867 (Toll free: 1.888.974.9170)
Ticket Prices: From $53.95 (Adult), $46.95 (Senior),
$30.25 (Student/Child/Wheelchair User ) All prices include taxes and service charges.
Ballet Kelowna is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience that enables participation for everyone.
Performance Venue: Kelowna Community Theatre
1375 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

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