Ballet BC
What If

When and Where May 12 – 14, 2022 at 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Choreographer STRANGE ATTRACTOR: Out Innerspace, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen | RELIC: Dorotea Saykaly | EVERYTHING WILL BE OK: Felix Landerer Music RELIC: Riku Makinen | EVERYTHING WILL BE OK: Christof Littman

Reviewer Michael Pink

Ballet BC, the acclaimed west coast dance troupe is known for dance that pushes new boundaries and tests dance sensibilities. They did not disappoint in 3 works presented May 12, 13, 14 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

The first performance, STRANGE ATTRACTOR, was choreographed by David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen in collaboration with the Ballet BC dancers. It is a dark piece, danced entirely in shadows and devoid of light. The large dance ensemble danced with energy yet evoked a somber tone in the piece that harkens with sad tones of nostalgia.

The second piece, RELIC, was more uplifting. The opening scene included 12 dancers each bathed in an overhead spotlight silo. The dancers moved with electricity and precise form. This work was choreographed by Dorotea Saykaly with music by Riku Makinen.

The theme of constant change was well explored and the use of light was inventive. Light is symbolic of new beginnings. Saykaly is the recipient of the Emily Molnar Emerging Choreography Award.

The third piece, EVERYTHING WILL BE OK, was choreographed by Felix Landerer and showcased music composed by Christof Littman. The theme is the constant need for reassurance and optimism. Landerer comes from Germany and is the artistic director of Landerer and Company.

The dance was expressive although the heavy industrial music score seemed overpowering at times and occasionally overshadowed the talented dancers.

There was a fitting tribute to Ballet BC dancer Livona Ellis who has been with the company since 2010. Ellis is one of British Columbia’s most accomplished dancers.

Ballet BC has evolved with dedicated and expressive dancers to become a dance force in Canada.

© 2022 Michael Pink
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