Ballet Rocks is back at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre with a new show Thursday, Oct. 24. (Submitted)

Rockin’ with Ballet Victoria is the name of the game Oct. 24

Four fine choreographers combine their efforts for a special evening from Ballet Victoria

“We built this ballet on rock ’n’ roll!”

Ballet Victoria returns to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre with the latest makeover of its popular Ballet Rocks, Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

This emotionally charged mixed program pairs ballet with rock music in unexpected ways. The first two presentations in this series were highly entertaining and in its third rendition, Ballet Rocks also showcases the works of four Canadian choreographers representing three generations of Royal Winnipeg Ballet alumni, including: Gerard Théoret, Paul Destrooper, Philippe-Alexandre Jacques and the late Norbert Vesak.

It’s a two-act evening that opens with a Jacques’ semi-narrative piece set to the music of Roy Orbison. Using the metaphor of “the prom”, it focuses on social issues affecting young adults.

Next, Destrooper’s new work explores the dynamics and imbalance between genders through the decades with iconic rock songs of the times. It starts at the ’60s with the Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ and moves to Tal Bachman’s soon to be released ‘Red Devil’, with works by Queen, The Police and more.

The second half of the program features a remount of one of Vesak’s most popular pieces — Belong pas de deux. This sensual and mesmerizing ballet was made famous by prima ballerina Evelyn Hart who won a gold medal performing it at the 1980 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. For Ballet Rocks, it will be set to music composed by Canadian artist and Vancouver Island resident John Mills-Cockell, bandleader of Syrinx.

Next up is a dance paying homage to Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ with a haunting trio that just might take its audience on a psychedelic journey.

Closing the evening, Théoret will incorporate the flair of musical theatre and lounge music in his new work Ultra Loungers, which playfully examines human relationships and connections.

Expect the unexpected. Great dance and great music boldly take ballet where it has not gone before.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $33 for students, $20 for children and there are also a few $5 eyeGo seats for card-carrying students who hustle on in to the ticket centre to buy them in person.

There is also a family package where $95 will see two adults and two children through the door.

If you’re planning to attend Anne of Green Gables later in the season, there’s also a dance series offer of $65 per adult for the two ballets.

Tickets available in person at Cowichan Ticket Centre, by phone 250-746-2722 or online at cowichanpac.ca.



lexi.bainas@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social housing planner position back before North Cowichan council

Staff present report on implications of not hiring a new senior social and housing planner

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Feb. 15

Shawnigan Hills parkrun began 20 weeks ago and, with the exception of… Continue reading

Arts & Entertainment column: Music of all kinds coming to Cowichan

A few of the things coming up in arts and entertainment in Cowichan

Cow High T-Birds preserve berth in Islands

Cowichan boys fend off challenge from Spectrum

Vehicle, welding machines recovered from theft at Crofton’s Geo-Tech Industries

Suspects still not identified from early Tuesday morning break-in at Crofton business

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Nanaimo high school following threats

Nearby elementary school was in hold-and-secure

Trudeau: Time for blockades to end and Indigenous leaders to work with government

Prime minister says situation in Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute is ‘unacceptable and untenable’

Most Read