2018 Season

CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY and BUSINESS COLLIDE IN DOWNTOWN DANCES

Downtown Dances brings our community together in a completely new way through dance. Citizens from local businesses and organizations collaborate with professional artists in order to create and perform dances on sidewalks, storefronts and gathering spaces. Downtown Dances is designed to celebrate the stories and spirit of local businesses, employees and our community.

CELEBRATE COURAGE GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE

Atlantic Ballet is honoured to collaborate once again with Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre for a special presentation of Ghosts of Violence as part of The Red Shawl Campaign. This ballet has been creatively adapted to honour the Indigenous women of the Wabanaki Territory – the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and the Passamaquoddy. In the spirit of authentic reconciliation, Igor Dobrovolskiy, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Atlantic Ballet, and Susan Chalmers-Gauvin have collaborated with faculty and volunteers to infuse Indigenous knowledge, culture and symbolism within Ghosts of Violence to bring attention to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and to honour these women and their families. By weaving dance with Indigenous culture, music and language, Ghosts of Violence has embarked an emotional expression of the Indigenous women we have lost.

CARMEN: TOURING QUEBEC & BELGIUM

Igor Dobrovolskiy takes a contemporary slant on the famous tale of the Gypsy in the contemporary ballet Carmen. Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her. When Carmen becomes infatuated with Escamillo, the toreador, she loses interest in Don José whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy. The story of Carmen is one of passion, drama, love, tragedy all combined in such a way that one’s heart feels as though it might stop at any moment from sheer anticipation.

We are thrilled to perform with the dynamic Triton Percussion Ensemble.

DON JUAN: PART OF THE MONCTON & FREDERICTON SEASON 

Unprincipled lothario or hopeless romantic? Igor Dobrovolskiy’s lighthearted contemporary ballet takes a witty and fresh look at the legend of one of history’s most flamboyant characters.

A dazzling fusion of inventive sets, exquisite lighting and sparkling choreography set to the music of George Gershwin, deliver the perfect setting for the virtuosity and athleticism of the dancers of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada. Costumes created by Denis Lavoie, who designed Mick Jagger’s wardrobe for the Voodoo Lounge Tour, completely capture the outrageous and playful mood of this vividly theatrical farce.

FIGARO: PART OF THE MONCTON & FREDERICTON SEASON 

 

A marriage of the satirical Beaumarchais play with music of Mozart at his most lyrically beautiful.  A timeless comedy about the foibles of lovers where the tables are turned on just about everyone.

They succeeded not only in bringing us high quality classical ballet, but a dramatically satisfying rendition of the romantic comedy…This was a terrific ballet.
-The Ottawa Citizen

 

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: TOURING FRANCE

A sell-out across Europe, our most popular production returns to Canada this season – Igor Dobrovolskiy’s Phantom of the Opera. The ballet, inspired by the unforgettable story by Gaston Leroux, is set on the haunting music of French composer Francis Poulenc.
The production features a spectacular set, breathtaking costumes and evokes timeless themes of love and loneliness.

ALIEN: TOURING ATLANTIC CANADA

ALIEN is an intimate exploration of the human side of immigration. As a newcomer to Canada in 2000, Igor understands well the many challenges that new immigrants face when they leave their home in search of new life.
 
What happens when you leave your home behind? What happens when you are out of context? What happens when you lose your identity?

HELP SHAPE ATLANTIC CANADA’S FUTURE

The Atlantic Immigration Summits will convene a cross section of business leaders, entrepreneurs, municipalities, educational institutions, newcomers, students, settlement agencies, industry specialists and citizens for a proactive dialogue and exchange on immigration, diversity and inclusion.

The summits will focus on innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Atlantic Canada’s immigration system and improve economic performance with a focus on building inclusive communities.

Atlantic Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. Today attracting newcomers to live and work in the region is a key pillar in the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot will see the influx of 2,000 immigrants over three years to the Atlantic region.

Join us in discussing how we, as a community, can work together to grow our economy and help shape an inclusive Atlantic Canada.

INTERACTIVE DANCE EXCHANGE

Interactive Dance Exchange is about sharing, supporting and advancing our capacities together. We are using the power of movement to foster community reflection and connection.

This year we are very pleased to welcome Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet Possesom.
Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet Possesom’ is a Wolastoq performance artist. He is a member of the Wabanaki Grass Dance Society, and a keeper of traditional knowledge. He is a champion dancer, accomplished actor, traveled teacher and emerging choreographer — who has toured all through North America, sharing knowledge and engaging audiences in critical thought towards their understanding of their own origins, and the wisdom of first peoples of the world.