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Ballet BC dancers Donald Sales and Alexis Fletcher

Ballet BC presents Bliss at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from May 10 to 12, featuring a reprisal of José Navas’ acclaimed ballet The bliss that from their limbs all movement takes (first presented in the fall of 2010), and his response to that production.
 
The Vancouver Sun called The bliss that from their limbs all movement takes “…a joy to watch from beginning to end. The movement of bodies was breathtaking…” In Bliss, the first full-length work for Ballet BC since its renewal in July 2009, resident choreographer José Navas expands on the initial concept with two new sections. The first is set to Mozart’s music while the second is set to Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Song. The third section of this full company work is a reprisal of The bliss that from their limbs all movement takes, set to a musical collaboration by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar.

Artists of Ballet BC
[Artists of Ballet BC]
 
José Navas is the founder and artistic director of José Navas/Compagnie Flak. Navas soon received international acclaim as both a talented and charismatic soloist. His first group creations were characterized by their assertive sensuality, bold statements, and unexpected universes. These pieces included an element of theatricality that is reflected today in his solo work.
 
“We are delighted to be working again with José Navas, a major choreographer at the peak of his creative powers,” says Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “José has created an exquisite evening of three distinct works, each inspired by various perspectives on the theme of bliss. This full evening work is a gorgeous and riveting display of his passion and virtuosity and his joyful exploration of the transcendent power of dance. This is an evening not to be missed.”

Bliss

Date: May 10 to 12, 8 pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Hamilton at Dunsmuir Streets
Tickets: $70.00 to $22.50 (excluding service charges), available by phoning 1.855.985.2787 or online
 
Ballet BC, a company of 16 talented dancers from around the world, is committed to the ballet of today. Now in its 25th anniversary year, the company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet.

Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

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