Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet’s return to live performance has been a long time coming.
The company is preparing for its presentation of Clock/Work on April 17 in Nanaimo and April 24 in Campbell River.
“It’s our first show since the pandemic began, so we’re really excited to get back on the stage with live theatre,” said Chantelle Ristine, Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet’s artistic director.
Clock/Work is an examination of time “and how we relate to it as humans, and how our past, present and futures are connected,” said Ristine.
The show is made up of more than 20 original dances interpreting, for example, “the freedom of childhood, the confusion of adolescence, and the beautiful complexity of adulthood,” according to an event press release.
Naiah Kulla’s role will be to represent teenage years during the performance.
“It shows the progression as the young self is excited about the future, I’m more worried and anxious about it and then the older self is reflecting on it and looking back,” she said.
Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet decided to add the Campbell River performance as they did a live-stream show from the Tidemark Theatre last year during the pandemic and “love the venue so much” they wanted to return, said Ristine.
The performance includes lighting by Ballet Victoria’s Jason King and live violin by Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra’s Jessica Semper.
WHAT’S ON … Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet presents Clock/Work on April 17 at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre and April 24 at Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit www.ncballet.ca.