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National Ballet of Canada's Greta Hodgkinson will perform in in Bolero during Ballet Kelowna's 17th-season premiere show Nov. 1-2.

Ballet Kelowna will launch its 17th season with Dawn, a program of several different dance items at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.

Dawn will feature the world premiere of Ion, an innovative work created by celebrated dancer, teacher, and choreographer Heather Dotto; the company premiere of Bolero from The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Associate Guillaume Cote; and the return of Doppeling from Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director Simone Orlando.

Audiences will also have a chance to see internationally acclaimed ballerina Greta Hodgkinson perform before she retires from The National Ballet of Canada in 2020, following a 30-year career.

“Dawn examines many aspects of humanity as expressed through dynamic movement,” said Orlando. “Each piece in this kinetic program reveals an aspect of female identity and one’s deep desire to break free from conformity and find an independent voice. The engaging choreography and spectacular dancers involved in this performance are an undeniable testament to the incredible talent that exists in this country.”

Ion, described as a cutting-edge piece of work, reflects the choreographer's thoughts on what it would be like to be struck by lightning.

In Bolero, Hodgkinson will perform alongside Ballet Kelowna’s male dancers.

Tickets are available through Kelowna Tickets.