Atlantic Ballet Canada at Confederation Centre
Creators of a new ballet hope to tell the story of immigration in a way an ordinary conference can’t—through the power of dance. Atlantic Ballet Canada will bring the Atlantic Immigration Summit and Alien ballet to Charlottetown.
On April 23 and 24, more than 300 people from across PEI are expected at the Immigration Summit to answer the question “What Does It take to Make PEI Home?” In addition to a program of speakers and round tables, the summit offers participants the ballet Alien, choreographed by company Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy. The Summit is open to the public, as is the ballet performance on April 23.
Dobrovolskiy was born in Ukraine but moved to Canada to start his own ballet company in 2001. He named this ballet Alien, because he says that moving to a new country can feel like moving to a different planet. The main prop in Alien is a park bench.
Says Dobrovolskiy, “My wife Yuliia and I came to Canada looking for a new life after the economic collapse in our home country. We arrived with big hopes but could not speak English or French. I often found myself sitting on a park bench with many people around me. But they don’t understand your language, don’t understand your culture, and you’re alone in the presence of many people.”
Located in Moncton, NB, Atlantic Ballet Canada is an creation based company comprised of soloist dancers from around the world.