Eran Bugge and Michael Trusnovec dance in Esplanade

Eran Bugge and Michael Trusnovec dance in Esplanade

Paul Taylor opens dance season

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society announces the launch of its 2015/16 Dance Series

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly announces the launch of our 2015/16 Dance Series. This series of five shows continues the Performing Arts Centre Society’s tradition of offering high quality dance performances at an excellent price.

The society’s 2015/16 dance series kicks off with Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Masterworks Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Choreographer Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s art of modern dance and continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations. Paul Taylor brings a world class 16-member company and a selection of his master works direct from New York City.

On Dec. 19 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Ballet Victoria (Cinderella, Dracula) will whisk you away to a fantasyland where nothing exists except you, the music and the wonder-filled story of The Nutcracker. Paul Destrooper’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker starts with a traditional family Christmas Eve party where a gift from an uncle unleashes a whirlwind of unexpected vignettes and surprises.

The series continues in 2016 with Ballet Jorgen’s (Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet) inspirational classical rendition of Sleeping Beauty Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. This major new ballet tells the enchanting story of Aurora and her prince complete with its inherently magical qualities and dazzling choreography.

Ballet Kelowna takes the stage March 5 at 7:30 p.m. with new work from emerging and established Canadian choreographers. The company presents a mixed repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary dance each year. With the retirement of founding artistic director David LaHay, Ballet Kelowna steps into its 12th season with new artistic director and CEO Simone Orlando at the helm.

The society’s 2015/16 dance series concludes April 16 at 7:30 p.m. with 605 Collective’s Vital Few. 605 Collective is developing this brand new work with, and for, six unique performers. Each performer’s own distinct expression, movement, and choice-making weaves together to collectively build the moving sculpture of the group body — the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Subscriptions for the society’s 2015/16 Dance Series are on sale now, giving you more of what you love for less. At $150 for adults, $140 for seniors and $130 for students, these five show packages save more than 22 per cent off single ticket prices. Visit www.ticketseller.ca or call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) for more information.