Annette AV PAUL was the first artistic director of Ballet BC. She was followed by Reid ANDERSON, Patricia Neary and Barry Ingham. Under the direction of John ALLEYNE (appointed 1992) the company presented his own choreography, such as the much acclaimed full-length ballet, The Faerie Queen (2000), and the works of Canadians Christopher HOUSE, James KUDELKA, Serge BENNATHAN, Mark GODDEN, Jean GRAND-MAÎTRE, and Dominique Dumais, as well as contemporary ballets from the international repertoire. Alleyne's courageous leadership succeeded in producing a body of work relevant to contemporary values and the company consequently attracted a new and younger audience to its ballet performances.
Financial difficulties brought Ballet British Columbia to a halt in 2009, causing the layoff of artistic director, dancers and staff. After some restructuring of the company, Emily MOLNAR, a former member of Frankfurt Ballet, the NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA and Ballet BC, replaced Alleyne as artistic director. Projects under her leadership have included Dedica, a new work created in 2009 for Ballet BC's celebration gala, Ignite and Songs of a Wayfarer for ALBERTA BALLET, which premiered in Calgary in 2010.
Fundraising goals have been met, performances have been received enthusiastically by audiences, and the future of Ballet British Columbia seems secure.
Author GRANT STRATE Revised: RICHARD FORZLEY
Links to Other Sites
Dance Collection Danse
The Dance Collection Danse website, Canada's national dance archives and publisher dedicated to the preservation of Canadian theatrical dance history. Check out their numerous online features, publications, and exhibits.
Ballet British Columbia
This extensive Ballet British Columbia website features an overview of the current season, bios, video clips, educational resources, and much more.
Canadian Women in Theatre and Dance
This Library and Archives Canada site features biographies of prominent women in Canadian theatre and dance. Also offers teaching guides and reference sources.
An extensive multimedia website devoted to the rich and varied world of dance. Features biographies of prominent dance artists, video clips of interviews and dance performances, the "Virtual Dance Studio" where you can create original choreography on your computer, and much more. From ArtsAlive.ca, a National Arts Centre website.
A bilingual, searchable, Canada-wide performance database from Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média, publishers of "The Dance Current" magazine.
Ballet BC and John Alleyne part company
A news story about John Alleyne's departure from Ballet BC. From the vancouversun.com website.
A Streetcar Named Desire
A review of “A Streetcar Named Desire” by John Alleyne for Ballet BC. From thedancecurrent.com website.