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Ballet Kelowna brings rare treat to The Bailey Theatre in Trail tomorrow

A rare treat - The Ballet is coming to town and it’s not your typical dance show

It’s a special event when 9 dancers grace the stage at The Bailey Theatre in Trail. Ballet Kelowna performs the high-energy program, MAMBO and Other Works, showcasing a variety of styles - tango, traditional and modern ballet - on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.

Part of the Trail & District Arts Council’s Performing Arts Trail Series, the show features nine ballet dancers performing three pieces: Wen Wei Wang’s dynamic work 1723 – Vivaldi, the thrilling tango-inspired Cuatro Estaciones from Ballet Kelowna’s visionary Artistic Director Simone Orlando, and Alysa Pires’ vivacious audience favourite MAMBO. 

The program will open with Ballet Kelowna-commissioned 1723 – Vivaldi by “one of the country’s most in-demand choreographers” (The Globe and Mail), Chinese-Canadian dance luminary Wen Wei Wang. With the dancers dressed all in white, the piece is bare, mesmerizing, and haunting and features extreme technical prowess from its sextet of dancers, with complex pointe work and powerful extensions.

Next, Cuatro Estaciones breathes a vibrant passion as the piece uses the infectious rhythms and colourful spirit of Buenos Aires, Argentina in this tango-infused work. Featuring the dynamic talents of the full company who perform fiery steps in stunning group formations and seductive duets, this fresh interpretation is set to virtuoso composer Astor Piazzolla’s innovative nuevo tango Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which blends the traditional Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. 

To end the program, audiences will be treated to another commissioned piece, Alysa Pires’ MAMBO, which has toured the world gaining international acclaim. A sweet, silly, sensual, and sassy piece Pires’ “crowd-pleasing MAMBO” (The Globe and Mail) is a colourful joie de vivre set to a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, swing, and jazz standards by musical legends such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, and more.

Tickets are $30 for adults, with incredible $10 tickets for anyone under 19 years of age, and student tickets at $15. Go online to thebailey.ca, call 250-368-9669, or drop into the Cedar Avenue Box Office to purchase.

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