Josh Beamish and his company of 24 dancers perform The Red Nocturnal and other dance selections at the Port Theatre Saturday (Nov. 26).

Josh Beamish and his company of 24 dancers perform The Red Nocturnal and other dance selections at the Port Theatre Saturday (Nov. 26).

Modern dance revisits popular ballet classics

A contemporary dance company from B.C. aims to rock the ballet world

A contemporary dance company from B.C. aims to rock the ballet world.

Move: The Company’s new program features a repertoire that includes a re-imagined version of The Red Nocturnal, a physically demanding tango ballet en pointe, and Les Oiseaux, a barefoot take on the traditional classical ballet narratives of Swan Lake and Firebird.

The evening is completed by artistic director Josh Beamish’s new creation Atonement, which features a cast of 10 male and 11 female dancers.

Atonement was first developed at New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute on the students of the School of American Ballet. The Bangkok International Festival for Dance and Music commissioned this program, in partnership with the Canadian Embassy, to celebrate 50 years of Canadian-Thai political relations.

In Nanaimo, Move: The Company invited KYDC Dancers from Nanaimo, True Colours Youth Group from Courtenay, Helix Dance Theatre from Parksville and Fizzik’l from Victoria to open the performance, to connect emerging performers with professional artists of the province.

Founded in 2005 by Beamish, Move: The Company is a contemporary dance company, based in Vancouver, committed to the creation and performance of original choreographic works by emerging and established artists, while also paying tribute to creations of the past.

Move: The Company performs The Red Nocturnal at the Port Theatre Saturday (Nov. 26) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35; $30/students.

Please call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com.