Who would like to attend Romeo + Juliet Ballet on Saturday, February 29 at 8PM –
and Sunday, March 1 at 3PM? Be the first to see this timeless classic before it takes off to Sydney, Australia! Is your child learning about William Shakespeare? Do you remember falling in love with this classic tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers? Any ballet families out there? Enter a family-4 pack giveaway on my Instagram account ! This giveaway will be for the March 1st performance at 3pm.
Children are encouraged to attend! Spread the love of performing arts at a young age while exploring a college campus. The Soraya is located at Cal State Northridge so this is a perfect combination.
Venue: Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Tickets: Prices: Starting at $39. Prices subject to change.
By Phone: (818) 677-3000
PRESS RELEASE INFORMATION: The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts will proudly launch the first U.S. tour of Ballet BC’s stunningly reimagined take on the timeless tale of Romeo + Juliet on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 1 at 3:00pm. In a first for Ballet BC, the new full-length work delves into a thought-provoking retelling of the classic that resonates today, capturing audiences with its deeply human story and enduring themes of love and family. Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet is a classic yet fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love with all the familiar characters in a production that had dance lovers and families enraptured at its world premiere in Vancouver in 2018. The timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers features new choreography by Medhi Walerski, French choreographer and former Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Paris Opera ballet dancer, who is one of the most innovative dance makers today. Romeo + Juliet is set to the well-known 1938 score by composer Sergei Prokofiev. Following The Soraya performances, Romeo + Juliet will travel to the Sydney Opera House where Ballet BC will have its Australian debut.
Single tickets for Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet start at $39 and are currently on sale at The Soraya, (818) 677-3000 and at TheSoraya.org.
About Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet
“The vision of love that Shakespeare gave us in this master work is very precious. It is like holding a jewel in your hand that needs to be protected.” —Medhi Walerski
Martha Schabas in the Globe and Mail said Romeo + Juliet is “Dramatically vibrant. Unforgettable. Visionary. Walerski sinks deep into his dancers”; bodies and reimagines this centuries-old story at a real physical level … choreography that would be compelling on a soloist and is doubly captivating to see on a group, sometimes synchronized and other times in staggered counterpoint. For centuries, the tale of tragic “star-crossed lovers” has inspired many an artist. Compelling in its timeless relevance, this deeply human story captures audiences with enduring themes of love, fate and
family. In Romeo + Juliet, Walerski offers a fresh and bold retelling of this classic story of forbidden love that continues to resonate today.
About Ballet BC
Founded in 1986, Ballet BC has been under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009. Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Bold and innovative, the Company’s distinctive style and approach have made a unique and valuable national contribution to the development of dance. In 2019, the Company was nominated for
an Olivier Award for “Best New Dance Production” for their tour to Sadler’s Wells in London, which featured Solo Echo by Crystal Pite, 16 + a room by Emily Molnar, and Bill by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Ballet BC’s dancers are a group of open-minded and curious artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for dance. Ballet BC is committed to its role as a leader in the community through dancer training opportunities, community and audience outreach, and
professional development activities. The Company presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works. Since 2009, the Company has developed a repertoire of more than 45 new works by acclaimed Canadian and
international choreographers including William Forsythe, Cayetano Soto, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Medhi Walerski, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Adi Salant, Emanuel Gat, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jacopo Godani, Company 605, Jorma Elo, Wen Wei Wang, Itzik Galili, Serge Bennathan, Walter Matteini, José Navas, Emily Molnar, Lesley Telford, Nicolo Fonte, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Kevin O’Day, Shawn Hounsell, Gioconda Barbuto, Simone Orlando, Robert Glumbek and Aszure Barton among others. Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, a former member of The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet BC and the Ballett Frankfurt, the Company actively fosters collaborations that support artists, choreographers and audiences alike, furthering the boundaries of contemporary dance. The company embraces excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and
style, honouring its roots and components. About Medhi Walerski, Choreographer and Incoming Ballet BC Artistic Director French choreographer, and former NDT and Paris Opera ballet dancer Medhi Walerski will succeed Emily Molnar as Ballet BC’s new Artistic Director. His first full season as Artistic Director in the 2020/21 season
will coincide with the Company’s 35th anniversary. In working closely with the Company over the past several years, Walerski has a deep knowledge of and respect for the vision that Molnar has maintained, and brings his own highly inspiring vision for the
Company. His programming objectives are fresh, collaborative, and ambitious, and will continue to enhance the Company’s reputation as a national and international dance organization and ensure the continued path of immense growth. Walerski launched his dance career at the Paris Opera Ballet, and eventually became a company member with NDT for more than a decade. He made his choreographic debut with NDT in 2008 and since then, Walerski has continued to create for NDT as well as other Companies as an independent choreographer, including Ballet BC. He created the highly successful Petite Céremonie, a work that has toured across the globe and remains a highlight of Ballet BC’s repertoire. Walerski has since created a number of works for Ballet BC, including 2018’s Romeo + Juliet — his first full-length narrative work — which has become the Company’s most successful production to date.
About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
The 2019-20 Season marks the ninth year for the award-winning Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts which has quickly become one of the cultural jewels of the greater Los Angeles region. Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues to expand its programming and outstanding multidisciplinary performances. The Soraya presents a wide variety of performances that not only include new and original work from the Los Angeles region but also work from around the world appealing to all of LA’s rich and diverse communities.
Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that have served to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.
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