Ballet BC opens its new season with themes of ‘awakening and change’

Ballet BC Dancers Gilbert Small and Kirsten Wicklund. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

The North American debut of a piece by internationally acclaimed European choreographer Johan Inger will kick off the 2017/18 season of BC Ballet.

Along with a new work from Ballet BC Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto, Inger’s B.R.I.S.A. forms Program I, which opens the new season Nov. 2-4 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St.).

B.R.I.S.A. follows BC Ballet’s 2012 Canadian premiere of Inger’s Walking Mad, which is the choreographer’s contemporary take on Ravel’s Bolero. “Inger brings a party to Ravel’s pulsing score,” wrote one local scribe of the work.

According to, in B.R.I.S.A. he “explores the themes of awakening and change. ‘I want to explore the world that lies behind people and their habits. Today’s society is confronted with many challenges in which a human being, an individual, can feel lost, small and insignificant. However, history has shown us that great winds of change actually begin with the smallest of breezes…'”

“… history has shown us that great winds of change actually begin with the smallest of breezes…” b.r.i.s.a. Image courtesy

Along with B.R.I.S.A., Program I includes the world premiere of a new work specially created for the company by Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto.

According to a press release, “This World Premiere will bring together his integrated vision as choreographer, costume and lighting designer in surprising new ways.”

Cayetano Soto. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

“This season we are delighted to be sharing our stage with some of the most exciting and visionary voices in dance today starting with the much-anticipated return of Cayetano Soto and Johan Inger in Program 1,” a press release quotes Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar as saying. “Dance at its best is transformational. It can transform a city, a room, a person, a way of seeing things. Our commitment to developing dance and art is a clear manifestation of our unique conversation with all of you—our community.”

Tickets for Program I range from $30-$100 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at

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