Ballet BC's artistic director Emily Molnar has been named sessional artistic director of Dance at The Banff Centre.
The newly created position is designed to guide and inform all Banff Centre dance initiatives throughout the year in collaboration with the dance community, including programs, partnerships, commissions, residencies, workshops, and other forms of professional development.
"Emily Molnar’s exciting, multidimensional vision of dance and her deep interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary work make her a natural fit for The Banff Centre," said Carolyn Warren, vice president of arts at The Banff Centre. "Emily has pushed boundaries throughout her career, both as a director, choreographer and dance artist. I look forward to Emily making an exciting contribution to dance at The Banff Centre.”
Molnar continues in her role with Ballet BC, where she has been since 2009. Named the Globe and Mail’s 2013 “Dance Artist of the Year”, she has worked and toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the US. She has created critically acclaimed works for Cedar Lake Dance, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Ballet Mannheim, Ballet Augsburg, Alberta Ballet, Pro Arte Danza, and Ballet BC among others.
“I am honoured to have been invited by the Banff Centre to build on their history of excellence and innovation in the arts as they expand their vision with a year-round focus that supports the broad spectrum of dance and dance artists across Canada and internationally,” Molnar said in a press release.