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For their 12th season, Ballet Victoria is bringing passionate dance, inspiring music, and spell binding stories to the stage with their holiday performance of The Gift. Jovita Ballet Victoria’s Production Manager, tells us a bit more about the amazing holiday performance…
On December 28 and 29, we will be performing our second annual holiday performance The Gift. The show tells the story of young Pandora who cannot wait until Christmas Day to open a mysterious present that her uncle brought back from his travels. When she opens the gift, she meets characters from all around the world. Initially frightened by them, she learns to understand and respect their differences, befriending them in the process. Out of the box also comes Hope, a beautiful allegorical dancer that helps Pandora understand her fears and restore order.
Well, since this is a holiday performance, it is great for children of all ages. Unlike our other season performance, this one will feature a number of younger dancers. If you love the Nutcracker scores, this is not a show to be missed! This year, The Gift will be performed with live music by Joey Pietraroia and The Victoria Symphony.
All of our main dancers are local except for one who is from Japan. We also have 3 aspirants in the company this year and they are all from Japan also.
Of course! At The Gift, children will have the opportunity to meet the dancers and take pictures with them. What a lot of people don’t know is that the public is welcome to come to Ballet Victoria’s studio to watch rehearsals. The show rehearsals are usually in the afternoon, so call the office at 250.380.6063 and tell them you’d like to come watch.
Kids love the costumes! There’s nothing that fascinates them more than beautiful costumes. If there’s music they recognize, they also like that. That’s why our holiday performance is one of our most popular one, because it is all about fancy sparkly costumes and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker music.
For The Gift, we have a $15 price for children 12 and under. Adult pricing varies from $40 to $60. We also offer student and senior discount. You can visit www.balletvictoria.ca for more details.
Yes, we will also be doing a draw for fabulous prizes at each performance. You could be the lucky recipient of round trip airfare to Vancouver by Harbour Air or a beautiful Pandora bracelet. Just purchase one or more tickets to the show and be present in the audience for your chance to win!
First of all, I think it is always great for children to be exposed to the arts so they grow up to have appreciation for it. The performing arts community here in Victoria supports many other organizations and charities. We are all linked in a way. Ballet Victoria recently donated 100 tickets to Santa’s Anonymous so that children who aren’t able to buy tickets have the opportunity to enjoy a ballet performance. We also regularly donate tickets to support fundraisers in the community. Without the loyalty of our audience, we wouldn’t be able to do our part for the community.
Currently in my final year at University I divide my time between school, work and play. I'm a lover of the west coast, yoga, spending time in the outdoors, entertaining family and friends, tea dates and spontaneous adventures. Live, Love, Learn.
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