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Celebrating 20 years, Ballet Victoria is an established professional boutique ballet company with 12 dancers and four yearly productions, located on the Coast Salish Territory of the Lkwungen and Wsanec peoples in Victoria, B.C. Our performances are dramatic, technically demanding, and often laced with humour: The art of ballet with a 21st-century flair and relevance.
Having produced close to 100 new works, Ballet Victoria’s artistic team is constantly exploring new grounds, from creating new classical full-length narrative works to short, more abstract pieces. We see dance as a global language that unites all people and all communities. We promote inclusion through our productions by juxtaposing culturally universal themes, various dance styles and music genres into an original choreographic narrative. Don’t be surprised to experience Mozart with some rock or even an opera classic with a hip-hop twist! No matter the unexpected combination of music, the harmonious result drives an uncompromising range of movements and original thematic developments.
Our ballets create an unforgettable emotional experience for our audiences, often becoming treasured memories. Of course, Ballet Victoria’s talented and culturally diverse artists contribute immensely to the company’s success, garnering national and international accolades at home in Canada and on tour in the U.S. and Mexico.
More importantly, Ballet Victoria is very fond of its community, and we have a unique “Tea for Tutu” program that offers free performances to anyone who may not be able to go to the theatre due to physical or financial barriers. Our venue is fully accessible and fully equipped for a complete and intimate experience. These chamber ballet performances include a tea where the audience and artists mingle after the show. This worthwhile program has been top-rated and greatly appreciated, particularly by seniors who could not attend theatre performances anymore.
When the pandemic prompted Ballet Victoria to switch from live shows to digital dissemination, we decided to share our work for free with the community in the hope of bringing some solace through our art form. We did not expect such a positive response and support. We discovered an appetite for our offering that went beyond our little community. The dancers were overwhelmed with gratitude for the appreciation and validation they experienced.
Ballet Victoria saw a clear opportunity to reach a greater audience, particularly people who may not be able to attend a traditional theatre venue for any reason, such as people living in remote communities or bedridden. As we returned to mainstage theatre performances, Ballet Victoria decided to continue offering digital dissemination and further develop it to make it accessible to as many people as possible.
We want to share our artistic creations and passion with you, and it is easy! Simply go to our website: www.balletvictoria.ca, go to BVideo, sign up, and we will email you Vimeo links to our latest productions for you to enjoy at your convenience. The best part is it is free!
Dance, a non-verbal art form, has been part of the human heritage since the dawn of time. Our works are truly accessible to one and all no matter the age, the culture, the language, and more. Our shows are entertaining, hold great artistic depth and satisfy both those who discover ballet and the expert aficionado.
We are looking forward to sharing our art with you.
Founded in 2002, Ballet Victoria is a boutique professional ballet company with 12 dancers and four yearly productions. Our performances are dramatic, technically demanding, and often laced with humour.