A Fantasia of Dance

Victoria Symphony is joined by Ballet Victoria for the orchestra’s first pops concert of the 2019-20 season September 28 and 29, 2019

Principal Pops Conductor, Sean O’Loughlin, has created an electric program to launch the Victoria Symphony’s pops season, fusing music and dance and featuring the talented dancers of Ballet Victoria. A Fantasia of Dance is presented at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St., Victoria, September 28, 2019 at 8pm and September 29, 2019 at 2pm.

Conducted by O’Loughlin, with choreography by Ballet Victoria Artistic Director Paul Destrooper, A Fantasia of Dance includes audience favourites from Rodeo, Appalachian Spring, Romeo and Juliet, and Fantasia, along with O’Loughlin’s own creation inspired by the best-selling book, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Concert highlights also include:
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries
Debussy’s Clare de Lune
Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights
Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain

Paul Destrooper has created original choreography for the concert, playing with the various genres of classical ballet, mixing traditional classical with neo classical style and adding contemporary choreography as well. “I’m focusing on the musical aspect of a work, playing with both melody and rhythm, as well as the dramatic accents and themes of each work”, he explains. “Some works are purely aesthetic and technical, while others develop some narrative content. The whole program is very entertaining and varied, and Ballet Victoria is thrilled to be working with the musicians of the Victoria Symphony.”

A Fantasia of Dance is presented Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm., at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria. Tickets are $33 – $85 and are available from the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6815.