"...Since Molnar took over the company, New York-based Dance Magazine included Ballet BC in 25 to Watch, its annual roundup of the brightest and the best. The online magazine Broadway World named Ballet BC 'International Dance Company of the Month,' while in Canada, Maclean's Magazine cited Molnar herself as one of Canada's 'new generation of ballet sensations’.” (The Globe and Mail)
Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and interactive contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary ballet.
Ballet BC consists of a select group of 18 dancers (14 full-time and 4 apprentices) with exceptional classical and contemporary dance training who are uniquely individual in their artistry, dynamic movement, intelligence and passion. The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international contemporary ballet from the late 20th and early 21st centuries and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works.
Ballet BC’s repertoire features works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, George Balanchine, John Alleyne, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Crystal Pite, José Navas, Emily Molnar, Nicolo Fonte, Wen Wei Wang, Paul Taylor, Medhi Walerski, Serge Bennathan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Agnes de Mille, Dominique Dumais, Martha Graham, Gioconda Barbuto, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Jean Grand-Maître, Simone Orlando, Myriam Naisy, Walter Matteini, Johan Inger, Robert Glumbek, Aszure Barton and Jacopo Godani.
Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Frankfurt Ballet, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary ballet. The company encourages individual choreographers to develop choreography and the art form. We embrace excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style, honouring its roots and components.
Ballet BC regularly performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) in the fall, winter and spring. We also tour provincially, nationally and internationally, and as a complement to the repertoire and activities of the company we present national and international guest companies as part of our subscription series. Including the QET and community performances, regional and national tours, audience engagement activities and programming for children and youth, more than 25,000 guests see Ballet BC each season.
Ballet BC’s outreach and education programs include: The Artist Salon, Alternative Space Program, Sneak Previews, Studio Visits, Pre-show Chats and Student Dress Rehearsals. Our programs directed to the professional dance community include: The Choreographic Series, Choreographic Workshops, Professional Development Program, Artist-in-Residence Program, Company Apprenticeships and Summer Dance Intensive.