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Ballet Kelowna presents
a mixed program


World Premiere
Choreography: Cameron Fraser-Monroe
Music: Yo-Yo Ma and Jeremy Dutcher, Honor Song

There is no “goodbye,” only “until we meet again.” The world-sense behind the Ayajuthem word ʔɛmaxʷiygə [ehmaxweega] inspires Cameron Fraser-Monroe’s new quartet that portrays a family’s journey of love and optimism following the passing of a loved one.

Dedicated to the late Elder Vern Pielle.

(INNER) Beings

Choreography: Esie Mensah
Music: Christopher Stanton, Black Coffee featuring Bucie, and Frigid Armadillo

Esie Mensah, multifaceted artist and award-winning choreographer, dancer, movement director, and TEDx Toronto speaker, excels in the beauty of human movement. Committed to exploring personal narratives of her blackness, this will be Mensah’s first creation for Ballet Kelowna.

Split House Geometric

Choreography: John Alleyne
Music: Arvo Pärt, Fratres

John Alleyne’s Split House Geometric, a vigorous, precision-perfect work set to Arvo Pärt’s Fratres was first created for The National Ballet of Canada. Poetic moments of pure contemporary ballet are juxtaposed with staccato movements with bodies creating geometric shapes to brilliant effect.

Stolen Tide

Choreography: Seiji Suzuki
Music: Johannes Brahms, Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87 and Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Seiji Suzuki’s Stolen Tide is an entreaty to cherish every moment spent with family, friends, and partners. Highlighting the importance of social connection, the fast-paced opening movement is a live study of the impact of a traumatic event, while conflict and discord give way to compassion and empathy in the touching and eloquent second movement.