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Ballet Kelowna presents
ASPIRATIONS

a mixed program

taqəš

Choreography: Cameron Fraser-Monroe
Music: Jeremy Dutcher, Oquiton, Essuwonike, Ultestakon

Cameron Fraser-Monroe brings his classical ballet training, knowledge of traditional Coast Salish, Grass, and Hoop Dance, and experience as a contemporary dancer to taqəš (tawKESH), which means “to return something” in Ayajuthem, the language belonging to the Homalco, Klahoose, K’omoks and Tla’amin Nations. Set to several songs by Polaris Prize-winning composer and singer Jeremy Dutcher, taqəš follows the traditional story “Raven Returns the Water,” centred around p̓oho (raven) and walθ (frog).

BOLERO

Choreography: Guillaume Côté
Music: Maurice Ravel, Bolero

National Ballet of Canada Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté brings strength and fragility to a fascinating interpretation of the beloved “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, one of music’s most famous and identifiable melodies. A “riveting tour de force” (Dance Magazine), Bolero features breath-taking lifts and virtuosic choreography.\

WORLD PREMIERE

Choreography: Robert Stephen
Music: Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485

Following the success of his debut work Celestial Mechanics, award-winning choreographer Robert Stephen returns to create a classically-based ensemble piece infused with contemporary influences. In response to the challenges of the pandemic, this intricate and highly musical work promises to be a breath of fresh air imbued with an uplifting, joyful atmosphere.