The Soraya Tour of Ballet BC’s New Take on Romeo + Juliet


After unprecedented demand and sold out performances for the world premiere, The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts will proudly launch the first U.S. tour of Ballet BC’s stunningly reimagined take on the timeless tale of Romeo + Juliet on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 1 at 3:00pm.


Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet is a classic yet fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love with all the familiar characters in a production that had dance lovers and families enraptured at its world premiere in Vancouver in 2018. The timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers features new choreography by Medhi Walerski, French choreographer and former Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Paris Opera ballet dancer, who is one of the most innovative dance makers today. He was recently named Ballet BC’s new Artistic Director.



About Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet


For centuries, the tale of tragic “star-crossed lovers” has inspired many an artist. Compelling in its timeless relevance, this deeply human story captures audiences with enduring themes of love, fate and family. In Romeo + Juliet, Walerski offers a fresh and bold retelling of this classic story of forbidden love that continues to resonate today.


Artfully crafted by Medhi Walerski, an original voice in international dance, his innovative retelling of the full-length classic brings together dazzling scenes woven with unpredictable and complex imagery. Along with evocative set and lighting design by Dutch designer Theun Mosk, Walerski conjures a thought-provoking and contemporary approach to Romeo + Juliet.

About Ballet BC


Founded in 1986, Ballet BC has been under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009. Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Bold and innovative, the Company’s distinctive style and approach have made a unique and valuable national contribution to the development of dance.


Ballet BC’s dancers are a group of open-minded and curious artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for dance. Ballet BC is committed to its role as a leader in the community through dancer training opportunities, community and audience outreach, and professional development activities.



About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)


The 2019-20 Season marks the ninth year for the award-winning Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts which has quickly become one of the cultural jewels of the greater Los Angeles region. Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues to expand its programming and outstanding multidisciplinary performances. The Soraya presents a wide variety of performances that not only include new and original work from the Los Angeles region but also work from around the world appealing to all of LA’s rich and diverse communities.


Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that have served to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.



Single tickets for Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet start at $39 and are currently on sale at The Soraya, (818) 677-3000 and at TheSoraya.org.


Calendar Listing for Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet


Date: Saturday, February 29 at 8PM

Sunday, March 1 at 3PM

Venue: Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Tickets: Prices: Starting at $39. Prices subject to change.

By Phone: (818) 677-3000

Online: TheSoraya.org



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