Space rock meets dance innovation in Ballet BC's RITE (CONTEST)

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Ballet BC’s season closer is a collaborative piece that includes dance set to music by Vancouver’s godfather of contemporary space rock, Jeremy Schmidt. RITE runs for three performances on May 7 to 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Inspired by The Rite of Spring, one of the world premieres for Ballet BC’s 2015 season closer is a collaboration between Emily Molnar, Vancouver designer Omer Arbel, and of course, Jeremy Schmidt – a member of the Canadian rock band Black Mountain.

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Image: Michael Slobodian

The all-star collaboration will make for a riveting evening that offers a new perspective on dance, music and design. Molnar’s choreography will challenge traditional thinking, together with Arbel’s innovative sense of space and Schmidt’s cosmic exploration of sound, will offer a new way to perceive and discover the unconscious.

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Image: Michael Slobodian

The other premiere features dynamic work from Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, featuring set design by Luis Crespo: a full-company reimaging of The Rite of Spring set to Igor Stravinsky’s complete orchestral score, with a 21st century perspective.

As Sansano says, “rather than telling a story I am more interested in dance as an expansion of feeling and emotion…an expression of something that is universal and personal at the same time.”

RITE runs for three performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, May 7 to 9 with shows nightly at 8 p.m. More information here.

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To celebrate Ballet BC’s season closer, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see RITE on May 8 at 8 p.m. To enter to win, do at least one of the following:

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Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m. PST on May 4, 2015. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by.

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Winner: Jodelene W.

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