Reimagine contemporary ballet, improvisation, repertoire, and creation with one of Canada’s most bold and innovative dance companies. You’ll deconstruct ballet and improvisation, prioritizing function over form to find the power of living inside the moment. Then jump into creation and rep, experiencing the daily life of a professional company.
Intermediate to advanced dance students interested in pursuing a career in dance, choreography, or related areas. All genres of dance welcome.
Founded in 1986 by David Y. H. Lui, Jean Orr and Sheila Begg, Ballet BC is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Medhi Walerski. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the collaborative and creation-based company has made a unique and valuable contribution to the development of contemporary dance both at home and around the world.
Mary Beth Heffernan
Diran Lyons earned a BA in Painting and Drawing at California State University, Fresno (2000) and an MFA in New Genres and Painting at University of California, Santa Barbara (2004), where he was a Regents Fellow. His multidisciplinary art practice is heavily conceptual with exacting craft and edgy content, including video and photography, collage and painting, indoor and outdoor installation, performance, and critical writing.
Committed to the tradition established by Joseph Kosuth, Robert Smithson, and Barnett Newman, Lyons embraces the written word as an important part of his artistic practice, publishing texts and lecturing on philosophical issues, his own artwork, and that of others. For The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015), Lyons contributed his essay, An Aesthetics of Deception in Political Remix Video, which examines the relationship between his video work and the fields of aesthetics, politics, and linguistics.