Ballet BC

Passing & Silent Tides

Jun 16 – Jun 29, 2024
Passing &
Silent Tides

This first Ballet BC residency at Orsolina28 is dedicated to the study and practice of two choreographies from the Canadian company's repertoire.

"Passing," a creation by Johan Inger, is an exploration of the human, in its uniqueness and within a group, and of the blurred boundary between an individual or the other, us or them. By contrasting individual behavior with the anonymity of the group, Iger questions the future imposed by the fast pace of today's society.

Created by Medhi Walerski, "Silent Tides" is an intimate work between two dancers, a reflection on the relationship with self and other. To the music of Adrien Cronet and Sebastian Bach, Walerski stages concepts such as time, eternity, love, death, and infinity.

On June 29, "Passing" and "Silent Tides" will be presented on the Open Air Stage at Orsolina28.

Ballet BC

Founded in 1986 by David Y.H. Lui, Jean Orr, and Sheila Begg, Ballet BC is Canada's leading contemporary dance company. Based in Vancouver and led by Artistic Director Medhi Walerski, the company performs at venues on the world's best stages. Ballet BC dancers are a group of open-minded and curious artists, each unique for their exceptional artistry while sharing an intuitive passion for movement. Deeply committed to new creation in addition to presenting masterworks from today's most sought-after voices in dance, Ballet BC's diverse repertoire includes works by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Medhi Walerski, Out Innerspace, Imre and Marne van Opstal, Roy Assaf, and Micaela Taylor.

Medhi Walerski

Medhi Walerski became Artistic Director of Ballet BC in 2020. Raised in France, Walerski danced at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet du Rhin before joining Nederlands Dans Theater in 2001. For more than a decade he contributed to NDT’s famed innovative style, and was awarded the Dutch dance prize VSCD Zwaan in 2013. Walerski has created with and performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, and Wayne McGregor among others. Since his choreographic debut in 2008, he has created numerous acclaimed works for NDT and Ballet BC including “Petite Cérémonie” (2011), “Chamber” (2012), “Romeo and Juliet” (2018), “Silent Tides” (2020), and “just BEFORE right AFTER” (2022), as well as works for Bern Ballet, Goteborg Ballet, StaatsBallett Hannover, Charlotte Ballet, and more.

Johan Inger

Johan Inger joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 1990, where he was a high-profile dancer until 2002. He debuted as a choreographer in 1995, also for Nederlands Dans Theater, and his talent was quickly recognized. In 2003, he took on the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm where he created numerous works. Since 2008, Johan works as freelance choreographer and creates for many companies around the globe such as GoteborgsOperan, Ballet Basel, Swedish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Aterballetto, Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and of course Nederlands Dans Theater, holding the position as Associate Choreographer from 2009 to 2016. Between 2016 and 2022, Inger choreographed his own versions of the narrative pieces Petrushka and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora’s Nap), and full evenings such as Carmen, Peer Gynt and Don Juan.

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