Following a very successful 2012/13 performance season in Vancouver and highly acclaimed tours to a number of preeminent national and international festivals, Ballet BC announces an operating surplus of $150,000 for the 2013 fiscal year. This is Ballet BC’s third consecutive annual operating surplus, and continues the consistent consolidation of its financial stability.
“Ballet BC has moved from strength to strength over the past three years, achieving acclaimed levels of artistic excellence and financial stability “, said Dr. Kevin B. Leslie, Ballet BC President and Chair and of the Board of Directors. “...We are very pleased with the success of our strategic direction and the resultant financial stability and sustainability as we enter Ballet BC’s 29th season. The support of our audience and loyal donors has been a critical element in Ballet BC’s success to date, and will continue to be so as the Company continues its exciting path through the changing landscape of presenting dance in the 21st century.”
Considered an important new voice in contemporary ballet, Artistic Director Emily Molnar has entered a new three-year contract with Ballet BC. “Ballet BC’s artistic achievements have been driven by Emily’s clear and strong artistic vision and leadership, her insatiable drive to always achieve something greater, and by the Company’s remarkable artists“, said Dr. Kevin B. Leslie. “We are thrilled to continue working with Emily as we move towards our 30th anniversary season in 2016.”
Molnar is a graduate of the National Ballet School and a former member of the National Ballet of Canada; a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet under director William Forsythe; and a principal dancer with Ballet BC. She is an internationally respected and critically acclaimed artist who has worked and toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the US. She has created and performed works as a choreographer and solo artist, including commissions for Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Mannheim, Ballet Augsburg, Cedar Lake Dance, Pro Arte Danza and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, among others.
Ballet BC's 2013/14 season begins with Tilt at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from October 17-19, 2013, for three evening performances at 8 p.m., featuring two World Premieres and the return of Walking Mad, an audience favourite from the 2012 dance season.