Founded in 1986, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary ballet. Bold and innovative, the company’s distinctive style and approach has helped it make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance and art.
Ballet BC consists of a select group of 18 dancers (14 full-time and 4 apprentices) with exceptional classical and contemporary dance training who are uniquely individual in their artistry, dynamic movement, intelligence and passion. The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet from the late 20th and early 21st centuries and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works.
Since 2009, the Company has developed a repertoire of more than 30 new works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including: William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Walter Matteini, Jacopo Godani, José Navas, Emily Molnar, Nicolo Fonte, Wen Wei Wang, Medhi Walerski, Serge Bennathan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Gioconda Barbuto, Simone Orlando, Robert Glumbek and Aszure Barton, among others.
Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Frankfurt Ballet, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary ballet. We embrace excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style, honouring its roots and components. In our view, contemporary ballet is the ballet of today.
Ballet BC regularly performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) in the fall, winter and spring. We also tour provincially, nationally and internationally, and as a complement to the repertoire and activities of the Company, we present national and international guest companies as part of our subscription series. Including the QET and community performances, regional and national tours, audience engagement activities and programming for children and youth, more than 25,000 guests see Ballet BC each season.
Ballet BC’s outreach and education programs include: The Artist Salon, Alternative Space Program, Sneak Previews, Studio Visits, Pre-show Chats and Student Dress Rehearsals. Our programs directed to the professional dance community include: The Choreographic Series, Choreographic Workshops, Professional Development Program, Artist-in-Residence Program, Apprentice Program and Summer Dance Intensive in collaboration with Arts Umbrella.
As a cultural institution, we bring value and opportunity to the life of the community that generously supports us. We are a creative place, a collaborative environment. We are a company that aims to create dance at its most essential: visceral, powerful, thought provoking and transformative.