White Bird concludes its season with the Portland debut of Ballet BC, a Vancouver, British Columbia, company that’s more fun than its simple name suggests. That’s due to artistic director Emily Molnar, who took charge in 2009 and has since been praised for reinvigorating the company. Much of Ballet BC’s strength is its numbers: 17 dancers who can fill the stage and make the simplest acts feel exhilarating when performed in unison. The group takes advantage of this in the first of three works, Jacopo Godani’s A.U.R.A.
, in which the dancers move like cells, joining and splitting with a dizzying effect compounded by the percussive score by German group 48nord. But the company’s real strength is its character, which it displays in Molnar’s Aniel
. Brightly colored costumes enhance the dancers’ comedic talents as they shuffle, prance and tumble around stage. The closing piece, Mehdi Walerski’s Petite Ceremonie
, brings these strengths together, as the dancers don formal wear to scream and fist pump at the audience as they gracefully navigate around white boxes.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallPhone:
1037 SW BroadwayWebsite: http://www.whitebird.org/ballet-bc