Ballet BC recently posted an operating surplus of $150,000 for its 2013 fiscal year, following a highly successful 2012/13 season. This marks the third consecutive year the company has been operating with a surplus. In a press release, Ballet BC President and Chair Dr. Kevin B. Leslie noted: “The Company’s mix of new and innovative repertoire coupled with more traditional ballet performances from visiting companies has been enthusiastically received. … The support of our audience and loyal donors has been a critical element in Ballet BC’s success to date and will continue to be so as the Company continues its exciting path through the changing landscape of presenting dance in the 21st century.”
The large surplus is a significant feat for Ballet BC, which, in December 2008, had considered declaring bankruptcy due to high production costs unmatched by ticket sales. Ballet BC also announced that its artistic director, Emily Molnar, has entered into a three-year contract with the company after taking on the directorship in 2009. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and later a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet under acclaimed director and choreographer William Forsythe, Molnar has been a moving force behind solidifying the company as a nationally and internationally acclaimed innovative contemporary ballet company. Ballet BC’s 2013/14 season begins this week with its Tilt program, running at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from October 17 to 19. The program features a remounting of Johan Inger’s Walking Mad (which had its world premiere in 2001), and features two world premieres from Molnar and Jorma Elo.