Since Medhi Walerski took over as artistic director in 2020, Ballet BC has continued to build on its momentum. Always exemplary of the best in dance, this Vancouver-based company with its 13 top-level dancers has gone from strength to strength. Sharon Eyal offers Bedroom Folk, one of Ballet BC’s most successful touring productions. This spectacular piece is an intense and meticulously synchronized work set to Ori Lichtik’s repetitive electronic pulses. The Statement, a delicious dialogue between speech and movement, is pure Crystal Pite, an uplifting and inextricable imbroglio where four dancers gather around a large table to reveal power relationships and games. And finally, Medhi Walerski’s GARDEN, a bouquet of music and dance inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ Quintet in A minor, Op. 14, is a wonderful piece that conveys a gentle melancholy.
Photo © Rahi Rezvani
Artistic Director, Choreographer
Medhi Walerski became Artistic Director of Ballet BC in July 2020. Raised in France, he initially trained in Normandy with Laurie Bokobza and Christine Caroly before joining the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Walerski danced at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet du Rhin before joining the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in 2001. For more than a decade at NDT, he was ...Read more about Medhi Walerski
Photo © Michael Slobodian.
Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de...Read more about Crystal Pite
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 1990-2008 and started choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director for Batsheva between 2003-2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company between 2005-2012. During her time with the company, she created 16 new creations.
Since 2005, Eyal...Read more about Sharon Eyal
Photo © Camilla Simonson.
An artist, curator and producer, Gai Behar has worked in video, music and performance art. He has organized several avant-garde underground events with live music, and techno raves featuring performance and installation artists. He has also produced and launched various night club concepts in Israel. Gai joined Sharon in co-creating Bertolina in 2006 and has collaborated on the creation of Sharon Eyal ever since.Read more about Gai Behar
Founded in 1986 by David Y. H. Lui, Jean Orr and Sheila Begg, with Annette av Paul as first Artistic Director, the company has been under the artistic direction of Reid Anderson, Patricia Neary and Barry Ingham, followed by John Alleyne for 17 years and Emily Molnar for 11. As of July 2020, the company is proudly under the directorship of Medhi Walerski.
Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-ba...Read more about Ballet BC
World Premiere September 2016, Nederlands Dans Theater I
Company Premiere November 2021, Ballet BC
Choreography Medhi Walerski.
Staging Rupert Tookey.
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: Allegro moderato e maestoso & Andante sostenuto. By Camille Saint-Saëns. Performed By Cristina Ortiz, piano; Fine Arts Quartet. Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
Sound Design Pierre Pontvianne.
Lighting & Stage Design Theun Mosk.
Ballet BC Associate Lighting Designer James Proudfoot.
Costume Design Medhi Walerski, Joke Visser.
December 1 + 4
Rae Srivastava, Zenon Zubyk, Dex van ter Meij, Jacob Williams, Justin Rapaport, Kiana Jung, Sarah Pippin, Livona Ellis, Miriam Gittens, Anna Bekirova.
December 2 + 3
Rae Srivastava, Zenon Zubyk, Dex van ter Meij, Jacob Williams, Justin Rapaport, Kaylin Sturtevant, Emily Chessa, Livona Ellis, Miriam Gittens, Anna Bekirova.
World Premiere February 2016, Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague
Company premiere November 2021, National Arts Centre, Canada
Choreography Crystal Pite.
Music Owen Belton.
Text Jonathon Young.
Vocal Performance Meg Roe, Colleen Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler, Jonathon Young.
Lighting Design Tom Visser.
Set Design Jay Gower Taylor.
Costume Design Crystal Pite and Joke Visser.
Staging Roger Van der Poel and Rena Narumi.
December 1 + 4
Livona Ellis, Rae Srivastava, Anna Bekirova, Justin Rapaport.
December 2 + 3
Miriam Gittens, Evan Rapaport, Sarah Pippin, Zenon Zubyk.
World Premiere April 2015, Nederlands Dans Theater I.
Company premiere May 2019, Ballet BC.
Choreographer Sharon Eyal.
Co-creator Gai Behar.
Assistant to the choreographer Tom Weinberger.
Ballet BC Rehearsal Assistants Justin Rapaport, Lara Barclay.
Music Ori Lichtik.
Lighting Designer Thierry Dreyfus.
Lighting Director Alon Cohen.
Costume Design Rebecca Hytting.
1st Cast Evan Rapaport, Rae Srivastava, Dex van ter Meij, Jacob Williams, Justin Rapaport, Zenon Zubyk, Livona Ellis, Emily Chessa, Miriam Gittens, Kiana Jung, Sarah Pippin, Anna Bekirova.
Solos Zenon Zubyk, Justin Rapaport, Evan Rapaport, Livona Ellis, Miriam Gittens, Emily Chessa.