Founded as Ballet British Columbia in 1986, this company made two Pillow appearances under its original name in 1993 and 1995, both times with choreographer Crystal Pite among the performers. Since 2009, Ballet BC has thrived under the direction of former company member Emily Molnar, who has assembled a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work from the late 20th and early 21st centuries (including Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Consagración) as well as creating her own new works. The 18-member troupe is based in Vancouver, performing regularly in its home city as well as touring provincially, nationally, and internationally. Molnar’s Aniel was inspired by composer John Zorn’s “Book of Angels,” and was seen here as part of a program of three U.S. premieres.
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