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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Ballet BC keeps on its toes after 25 years


    When Ballet BC was formed 25 years ago out of the remnants of another company, it was nicknamed the Cinderella Ballet for the way it transformed itself from the ugly sister to the prince's beloved.

    But a better metaphor might be the Phoenix Ballet for the way it rose from the ashes. And according to tradition, the new, young phoenix is destined to live at least as long as its old self before renewing itself again.

    Next week, the company celebrates its recent rebirth with a special night of four world premieres at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Accompanied by the Turning Point Ensemble, Ballet BC's 14 dancers will dance four works by Canadian choreographers Wen Wei Wang, Gioconda Barbuto, Donald Sales and Serge Bennathan.

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  • Petition Opposing Casino Expansion Gains Momentum


    As one of Vancouver's most powerful city councillors for nearly three decades, George Puil once dismissed public petitions as gimmicks that held little sway with him.

    But Puil, now retired, has joined an illustrious roster of B.C. politicians, artists, sociologists, architects, clerics and social activists who have signed a petition to oppose a proposed expansion of a casino at BC Place.

    Puil said on Monday he could not stand by while the city he worked hard to shape -particularly around False Creek -is at risk from a plan by the B.C. Pavilion Corporation and an American gaming corporation to build what would be the largest casino in Western Canada.

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  • Feds give local dancers a boost


    Comtemporary dance students Kayla Henry (right) and Claire Hardy perform 'Cadence' at the Rachel Brown Theatre Friday morning as the federal government announced a multi-year funding commitment to their school.

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  • Ballets Russes brought back to life on film


    A tiny lost treasure of ballet history has been discovered – 30 seconds of the Ballets Russes dancing in 1928, the only film ever found of a performance by one of the most influential and famous companies in dance history.

    The scrap of silent black-and-white news reel was spotted wrongly labelled in the British Pathé online archive by a dance enthusiast, and identified by Jane Pritchard, curator of the recent exhibition about the company at the V&A museum in London.

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  • Ottawa: B.C.'s cutbacks hit many


    The B.C. government "hurt a lot of cultural organizations" when it cut funding without consultation, the federal minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages said Friday in Victoria.

    "I think that there's a policy problem when it comes to culture funding in the province of British Columbia overall," James Moore told reporters at a news conference at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, citing unstable year-by-year or one-off funding. B.C. decisions made largely without consultation "hurt a lot of cultural organizations in the province and I think that was a mistake that I hope both provincial parties learn from."

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