reviewed by Paula Citron
The Lark Ascending
Choreographed by D.A. Hoskins
Performed by Tiffany Bilodeau, Christina Cecchini, Raelynn Heppell, Cai Glover, Mikael Montminy and Owen Selkirk
At the Cleland Theatre in Penticton, British Columbia
David LaHay, a former star with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, is the founding artistic director of the feisty little British Columbia regional company, Ballet Kelowna. I caught up with Ballet Kelowna in Penticton, the fourth whistle stop of a 19-city hinterland tour.
LaHay hires young dancers he can mentor, and commissions works from well-known Canadian choreographers to challenge his company. The premiere this season is by Toronto’s D.A. Hoskins.
Hoskins has taken Vaughn Williams’ famous tone poem The Lark Ascending as a metaphor for private reverie that borders on narcissism. The on point women add to ethereal nature of the piece. His beautiful people come together and flow apart in almost distracted fashion with ballerina Tiffany Bilodeau as the mysterious catalyst.
Hoskins has created lovely patterns both as solos and ensembles that convey the swirling passions that lie beneath the cool veneer. The intriguing work ends with a male dancer kissing Bilodeau, injecting an electrical current of passion that represents the untidiness of reality.