Ballet Kelowna takes to the stage at UBC Okanagan April 3

Ballet Kelowna presents The Promise of Angels & Other Works at UBC Okanagan on Friday, April 3, as part of an extensive 20-community spring tour that has received much acclaim.

The Promise of Angels & Other Works is a mixed repertoire program that features six different works and spans more than 100 years of dance.

“The program has been a resounding success on tour,” says David LaHay, artistic director of Ballet Kelowna. “This particular program has the capacity to touch younger audiences as well as audiences who may be new to ballet. People are guaranteed to be moved by it. The live theatre experience is incredible and live dance awe-inspiring.”

LaHay says one of the highlights of the performance is the modern piece Negotiating Shifts by guest Canadian choreographer Giocanda Barbuto. Also featured is choreographer DA Hoskins, with a brand new work, The Lark Ascending, set to music of the same name by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The performance, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Theatre (Student Service Centre SSC 026), is presented at UBC Okanagan thanks, in part, to the efforts of Neil Cadger, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, who was so inspired by the works that he helped arrange a performance on campus.

“Ballet Kelowna is the only professional dance company in Kelowna,” says Cadger. “They are creating and performing work of international caliber. I am hoping that UBC Okanagan students will take this opportunity to see a program of dance which normally would cost them $35. As a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Performance program, I also hope that this evening of performances will stimulate interest in live performance and raise the profile of programming in the UBC Okanagan Theatre.”

Tickets for The Promise of Angels & Other Works are $5 for students, $10 for non-students and can be purchased at the door.

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