Ballet Kelowna program features Canadian works

A ballet presentation, featuring works by Canadian choreographers, will be shown in Summerland on Friday evening.

Jedidiah Duifhuis and Christina Cecchini of Ballet Kelowna are among the dancers who will perform at Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme. The performance will be at Centre Stage Theatre on Friday

Jedidiah Duifhuis and Christina Cecchini of Ballet Kelowna are among the dancers who will perform at Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme. The performance will be at Centre Stage Theatre on Friday

A ballet presentation, featuring works by Canadian choreographers, will  be shown in Summerland on Friday evening.

Ballet Kelowna will present Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme at Centre Stage Theatre on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The company premiere included in the presentation is Byrd Music, choreographed by Canadian choreographer James Kudelka.

Byrd Music had its world premiere in Vancouver in 2011.

Two new works will also be presented, one created by former Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer Shawn Hounsell and the other by former Ballet B.C. principal dancer Simone Orlando.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to witness the beauty and masterful technique of Ballet Kelowna’s dancers, in the closing performance of the 2041/15 Ballet Kelowna season,” Orlando said. “Audiences will not only get to experience two brand-new dance pieces, set to the timeless music of Mozart and Gershwin, but also award-winning works from recent years, all created by some of Canada’s very best choreographers, including former dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.”

Since September, Orlando has been the artistic director and chief executive officer of Ballet Kelowna.

The Summerland performance is the first time these new works will be performed before the show also tours to Kelowna on Friday, April 24.

Audiences will also see Lee Dances, a group of excerpts from three individual full-length works.

Tickets for the performance are available online at balletkelowna.ca or at the Summerland Visitor Centre, 15600 Hwy 97.