UNLOCKED

June 4-27, 2021

Runtime: Approximately 60 minutes (no intermission)

Unlocked is a collection of World Premieres created by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, Company dancer-choreographers Leiland Charles and Karen Wing and former Company dancer Gabriel Gaffney-Smith.

Presented in BalletMet’s own Performance Space, each program will present a selection of these new works to an audience limited to 33 members.

Each performance will include pieces varying from a mix of the following:

Title: Figurines
Choreographer: Leiland Charles
In Charles’ first fully commissioned work, his dancers depict inner growth and beauty through the reliance of one another in this stunning neoclassical ballet.

Title: What Is Your Neighbor Doing?
Choreographer: Gabriel Gaffney Smith
The psychological impact of bullying touches people of all ages, in all cultures. Smith’s powerful contemporary ballet shows us that through resilience, the power of self-kindness, and the space for reconciliation, we can rise above the hurt to redefine who we are.

Title: Verbena
Choreographer: Karen Wing 
This contemporary ballet embodies the qualities of verbena with each of its dances–happiness, healing, romance, protection, sweet memories, and creativity. Though apart, the dancers uncover the intricacies of dancing with fabric, linking them together.

Title: l’Arlésienne–A Soldier’s Tale
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
A young man newly enlisted for war eagerly awaits deployment, his heart for country worn on his sleeve. In a piece both devastatingly heartwarming and heartbreaking, Liang depicts the lives of those coping with the tribulations of wartime in a way that resonates with people today.

Title: Piano Concerto
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
In a triumphant celebration of ballet, Liang accentuates the classical lines of movement with charming choreographic architecture and artistic expression.

Title: Solace
Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Recent events have cast a long shadow on society, altering the lives of all humanity, and have shined a glaring light on the extremes experienced between one another. They have also productively changed people for the better. Liang entrusts his audience with Solace, offering a personal and touching glimpse into his journey of finding his true essence throughout the pandemic.

Things to note about this performance:

  • Each program will last about an hour.
  • There are only 33 seats available for each performance.
  • Seats must be reserved in pairs.
  • Each pair of seats are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • There are no on-site sales as the box office is closed, all sales must be online or via email or phone.
  • All guests and staff, including dancers are to be masked at all times while at BalletMet, whether in the Performance Space or outside.
  • Parking spaces will be reserved for audience members.

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Please note: Tickets are $100 each and must be purchased in pairs. Casting is subject to change.

Program 1
What Is Your Neighbor Doing? | Piano Concerto | Solace | Figurines
June 4, 6, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 26, 27

Program 2
Verbena | Solace | Piano Concerto | L’Arlesienne
June 5, 9, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 27

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:

June 4, 2021 -8pm
June 5, 2021-2pm
June 5, 2021-8pm
June 6, 2021-5:30pm
June 11, 2021 -8pm
June 12, 2021-2pm
June 12, 2021-8pm
June 13, 2021-5:30pm
June 18, 2021 -8pm
June 19, 2021-2pm
June 19, 2021-8pm
June 20, 2021-5:30pm
June 25, 2021 -8pm
June 26, 2021-2pm
June 26, 2021-8pm
June 27, 2021-5:30pm