Ballet: Looking Forward Panel

Saturday, Sept 7th, 2109

The Dance Centre – Jarislowsky Studio

Joshua Beamish moderates a free panel discussion open to the community which investigates key questions about programming in ballet today.

Topics will include the impact of technology on the way we make and present contemporary ballet and dance, thoughts of how we can anticipate the ways audiences will want to intake ballet/contemporary dance in the coming years,  and questions of the continued value of narrative work and the telling of contemporary stories through our medium, among other topics. The discussion will also touch on how to best prepare emerging dance artists for the broad demands of repertory companies, and tech-based work, today and moving forward.

Sterling Baca, Joshua Beamish, Zhong-jing Fang. Credit: Frederick Charles

Sterling Baca, Joshua Beamish, Zhong-jing Fang. Credit: Frederick Charles


Event Schedule & Panelists

10:45-11:45 Panel Discussion

11:45-12:05 20min break with refreshments

12:05-1:05 Panel Discussion

1:05-1:30 Interactive Community Forum Discussion


Chan Hon Goh, Artistic Director of Goh Ballet/Former Principal with The National Ballet of Canada

Harrison James, Principal with The National Ballet of Canada

Sterling Baca, Principal with Pennsylvania Ballet

Catherine Hurlin, Soloist with American Ballet Theatre

Betsy McBride, Artist with American Ballet Theatre

Sheri Sommerville, Executive Director of Ballet Edmonton