Ballet Kelowna continues on with Passages

Davin Luce performs in Ballet Kelowna’s Passages, coming to the Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. - Photo submitted
Davin Luce performs in Ballet Kelowna’s Passages, coming to the Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.
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Ballet Kelowna is about to give what could be its last leap at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.

With the news from its board of directors that the company is able to continue its season as planned this spring, after initially announcing that it would cease operations as of March 16 due to financial restraints, the North Okanagan has one last chance to support Ballet Kelowna at its performance of Passages.

“This March 2 performance may be Vernon’s last chance to see this inspiring company perform,” said Erin Kennedy, artistic director of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

“Ballet Kelowna announced on Feb. 1 that the company must suspend operations after their spring tour. While fundraising efforts are taking place and alternative options are explored, the company is focused on completing their 10th anniversary tour and giving audiences a grand finale performance to remember.”

No passport is required for Passages, which celebrates 10 years of artistic excellence with a performance that goes on a journey through Spain, Russia, England and then home to Canada.

“Our trip begins in Spain with the pas de trois from Paquita, a story of a beautiful gypsy girl who falls in love with a French nobleman, and then to England with Journey Out of Darkness, a performance that moves us from sorrow to hope, loss to salvation. Britain brings whimsy with Five for Frank, and we return home with a selection of Canadian works,” said Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director David LaHay, who choreographed Five for Frank.

The journey ends with a reprisal of Double Variations, co-choreographed by two of Vancouver’s most dynamic talents, Simone Orlando and Joe Laughlin.

“Come out and enjoy this captivating performance and show your support for a wonderful company,” said Kennedy, adding after the show, the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society is hosting a special reception in the lobby for this Okanagan gem.

“Join us as we honour Ballet Kelowna’s journey, commitment and 10 years of quality professional dance in the Okanagan.”

Saturday’s performance of Passages starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior and $25/student at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca.


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