Ballet Kelowna

Neighbourhood Dance Works is proud to be co-presenting Ballet Kelowna on their Newfoundland and Labrador Tour for 2022, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Centre, and made possible through the generous support of Canadian Heritage's Support for Workers in Live Arts.


The MAMBO and Other Works program features a meticulous blend of contemporary and neo classical works by Canada’s leading dance makers. With the thrilling tango-inspired Cuatro Estaciones by Simone Orlando, Guillaume Cote’s mesmerizing Bolero, and Alysa Pires’ vivacious audience favourite MAMBO, this high energy program promises to please a wide range of spectators.

The program opens with Cuatro Estaciones (2019), an evocative ensemble piece by Ballet Kelowna’s visionary Artistic Director Simone Orlando, set to virtuoso composer Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Orlando’s choreography infuses ballet’s contemporary lines with the intricate, expressive elements of Argentine Tango and features the full company performing fiery steps in stunning group formations and seductive duets.

Next, National Ballet of Canada Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté brings strength and fragility to a fascinating interpretation of the beloved Bolero by Maurice Ravel, one of music’s most famous and identifiable melodies. A “riveting tour de force” (Dance Magazine), Bolero (2012) features breath-taking lifts and virtuosic choreography.

Rounding out the program, audiences will be treated to Ballet Kelowna commissioned MAMBO (2018) by Alysa Pires. The work gained worldwide acclaim after performances at Beijing’s China International Performing Arts Expo and Toronto’s Fall For Dance North Festival in 2018. Pires’ “crowd-pleasing MAMBO” (The Globe and Mail), is a colourful joie de vivre set to a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, swing, and jazz standards by musical legends such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, and more.

Cuatro Estaciones (2019)

Choreography: Simone Orlando

Music: Astor Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Antonio Vivaldi, The Four


Costume Design: Lynette Schlichting and Simone Orlando

Length: 34 minutes

Bolero (2012)

Choreography: Guillaume Côté

Music: Maurice Ravel, Bolero

Costume Design: Yannik Larivée

Costumes: Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Length: 14 minutes

MAMBO (2018)

Choreography: Alysa Pires

Music: Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London, Xavier Cugat, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima

Costumes: Lynette Schlichting

Length: 20 minutes

Ballet Kelowna respectfully acknowledges that their office and studio is situated on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan People.