FRI 27 JAN 2023 AT 7:30PM
Making their Partridge Hall debut, Ballet Edmonton will bring a stunning mixed repertoire program under the leadership of celebrated choreographer and Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang. The evening features two works by Wen Wei Wang with Persistence of Memory and SWAN, followed by a stunning new creation, Valei-me, by Brazilian-born Diego Ramalho.
Persistence Of Memory was created amid the 2020 pandemic when we had no access to family, friends or audiences. So the Company formed a closed cohort, and our studio became a place of safety and sanctuary. This work was initially created as a film and reimagined for the stage.
“As the pandemic stretched to the whole world, billions of people were separated from each other, isolated in their own spaces. Art has kept us connected; it shortens the distance between us and provides comfort, encouragement, and hope.” - Wen Wei Wang
SWAN by Ballet Edmonton Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang is a remount of his masterful piece, which first debuted with Ballet BC in 2017. Inspired by the iconic characters in Swan Lake, this breathtaking work highlights Wang’s capacity to move dancers in ways that exemplify the poise and grace of the balletic dancer while pushing the body’s athletic range to tell a familiar story through a new lens.
“SWAN, choreographed by Wen Wei Wang, proved itself as a stunning, flawless endeavour that had its audience breathless by the time the curtain closed…” - Lord of Dogwood
Valei-me is a contemplation on how we are influenced by where we first “belonged.” The work explores how music enters the body and inspires movement and a sense of place. Brazilian music informs the narrative structure of this emotional and energetic piece. Each dancer was invited to contribute their own voice and tone to inform how these ideas are expressed physically.
“I want the audience to be free to bring their own ideas about what I am saying and imagine their own sense of place and belonging “ - Diego Ramalho.
High School/eyeGO: $5
All tickets are subject to HST.
Photo credit: Cooper and Ohara