Allard Hall, MacEwan University
11110 104 Ave NW
This mixed program will open with two new works by Ballet Edmonton’s Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang and choreographer Diego Ramalho. The second half of the performance features a new piece by celebrated Montreal-based artist Andrea Peña.
Children of Land brings together a work that is activated and experienced live by the performers and the audience. In a time of extreme fragility, endurance and surrender,this work calls to its interpreters a journey of abandonment, and also resilience towards collective and individual human states.
Politically, in the time in which we live, this work aims to make space to meditate on our humanity and our intrinsic capacities for profound sentiments. The work challenges the artist through frameworks that require their artistic and personal nuances, live choice-making, and the ability to face the present moment for the work to come to life.
Original sound composition by Montreal-based
composer Debbie Sleiman.
Choreographer: Andrea Peña
Persistence Of Memory was created amid the 2020 pandemic; this piece reflects a time when there was no access to theatres and audiences. This work was originally a film and has been reimagined for the stage.
“As the pandemic stretched to the whole world, billions of people were separated from each other, isolated in their own spaces. Art has kept us connected; it shortens the distance between us and provides comfort, encouragement and hope.”
—Wen Wei Wang
Lighting Designer: Dorrie Deutschendorf
Choreographer: Wen Wei Wang
Valei-me contemplates how we are influenced by where we first “belonged.” The work explores how music lives in the nervous system and reflects an unconscious sense of identity connected to place. Brazilian music drives the narrative structure of this emotional and energetic piece.
“I want the audience to be free to bring their own ideas about what I am saying and imagine their own sense of place and belonging.”
– Diego Ramalho.
Choreographer: Diego Ramalho