Transitions * Aeropuertos llenos de esperanza
Coastal City Ballet opens its 2022-2023 season with the romantic reverie “Les Sylphides,” December 4th at James Cowan Theatre in Burnaby. The evening’s program will also include two new choreographic works by Stephana Arnold & Marco Esscer.
Les Sylphides, choreographed by Michel Fokine to the enchanting music of Frederic Chopin, pays homage to the romantic ballet era. Les Sylphides is a short, non-narrative ballet blanc. Dressed in long white tutus and lit by moonlight, the dancers are muses to a young poet ‘s imagination. Through music and dance, an ethereal and mystical atmosphere is evoked.
Coastal City Ballet is excited to present a world premiere of TRANSITIONS by Stephana Arnold. Her inspiration comes from a quote written by J. Michael Strazinsky: “The future is always all around us, waiting in moments of transitions, to be born in moments of revelation”. Stephana is an Award-winning Ballet and Contemporary Choreographer, and a highly respected guest master teacher, on faculty for Arts Umbrella and Resident Teacher at Ballet BC. She is also an Adjudicator for many national festivals, including the Youth America Grand Prix.
The fall program will also include a world premiere of AEROPUERTOs LLENOS DE ESPERANZA (Airports Filled with Hope) choreographed by Mexican choreographer Marco Esscer. His inspiration comes from his own journey as an immigrant to Canada and inspired by guitar music that reminds Marco of his father and grandfather. AEROPUERTOs LLENOS DE ESPERANZA is a tribute to the unspoken struggles that migrants can feel, the silent echo that lies in many of us, the things we left behind, the memories that remain, the scars, the shame, the feeling of abandoning a part oneself.