The Kelowna Ballet is reviving Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a 2022 production.

Ballet Kelowna dancers challenge themselves like never before with a performance of Shakespeare’s works. Macbeth.

This is the company’s first full-length full-length ballet and was originally scheduled to premiere in May 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Now, after a two-year wait, dancers can finally submit their work to the Kelowna Community Theater stage.

“They portray iconic figures like Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo, the Witches,” said Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Kelowna.

“Each of the dancers did a lot of research, exploring different physical and [learning] how to digest emotions [and] express it through movements and gestures.

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“The visceral production features choreography from Canadian choreographer Alice Pires, original music from Dora award-winning music director, composer and lyricist Adam Sakiyama, and atmospheric multimedia visuals from Olx Praca-based landscape artist Jane Everett,” reads a press release. .

The performance also marks the first time that a Canadian female choreographer has been commissioned to create a feature-length piece. Pires has worked with Ballet Kelowna and premiered with the company in 2018 and 2019.

“Macbeth follows the story of the protagonist, a brave soldier and powerful man whose reckless ambition for the throne of Scotland turns him into a heartless but tormented murderer who is spurred on by his equally determined wife, Lady Macbeth. As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become hopelessly entangled in their atrocities, the couple descend into madness.

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“The dance is really good at portraying the action, portraying high-stakes emotions and the psychological and emotional inner world of the characters,” Pires said.

“I liked that gestures can mean more than one thing. So we have moments where you can see images of a crown or a stab in the back.”

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Even if you are not familiar with ballet or Shakespeare, this performance is worth considering.

“Lots of action, lots of drama. It’s hard work,” Orlando said.

“It combines both the poetic and the contemporary movement, but it’s accessible and I think it’s a great job for someone who might be coming across dance for the first time.”

The Kelowna Ballet will breathe new life into Shakespeare’s Macbeth on May 6 and 7 at the Kelowna Public Theater. Tickets Available clicking here.


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