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Solo Echo

May 21, 2019 Des Moines Civic Center




tell yourself

in that final flowing of cold through your limbs

that you love what you are.

         -excerpt from “Lines for Winter” 

Vancouver-based Ballet British Columbia is exhilarating audiences worldwide with their charismatic, classically-trained dancers. Their physical rigor and control — combined with innovative choreography — is creating a revolutionary-viewing experience that looks nothing like traditional ballet.

In this special performance for schools, audience members will experience stylistically diverse works from multiple Ballet BC collaborating choreographers, with the program anchored by Solo Echo from Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite.

Solo Echo – inspired by two Brahms sonatas and the poem “Lines for Winter” by Mark Strand – explores recurring themes of acceptance and loss. As snow falls in near darkness, the seven dancers progress through a series of evanescent encounters that suggest a need for both community and independence.

Solo Echo and its companion pieces will invite audience members to experience dance at its most essential: visceral, powerful, thought provoking and transformative.


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Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.

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Running Time 1 hour
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