BalletMet announces upcoming lineup, UNLOCKED


BalletMet has announced its next performance program, under the title UNLOCKED, from June 4-27, 2021.

Unlocked is a collection of world premieres created by BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang, company dancer-choreographers Leiland Charles and Karen Wing, and former company dancer Gabriel Gaffney-Smith.

Presented in BalletMet’s own Performance Space, each program will present a selection of these new works to an audience limited to 33 members.

Each performance will include pieces varying from a mixture of the following:


Choreographer: Leiland Charles
In Charles’ first fully commissioned work, his dancers portray inner growth and beauty through dependence on one another in this astonishing neoclassical ballet.

What is your neighbor doing?

Choreographer: Gabriel Gaffney Smith
The psychological impact of bullying affects people of all ages, in all cultures. Smith’s powerful contemporary ballet shows us that through resilience, the power of self-kindness, and the space of reconciliation, we can overcome pain to redefine who we are.


Choreographer: Karen Wing
This contemporary ballet embodies the qualities of verbena with each of its dances: happiness, healing, romance, protection, sweet memories and creativity. Although separated, the dancers discover the intricacies of dancing with fabric, tying them together.

L’Arlesienne-A Soldier’s Tale

Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
A young man newly enlisted for the war anxiously awaits his deployment, his heart for the country worn on his sleeve. In a play that is both terribly heartwarming and heartbreaking, Liang portrays the lives of those facing the tribulations of war in a way that resonates with people today.

Piano Concerto

Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
In a triumphant celebration of ballet, Liang accentuates the classic lines of movement with charming choreographic architecture and artistic expression.


Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Recent events have cast a long shadow over society, altering the lives of all mankind, and have thrown a dazzling light on the extremes experienced between them. They have also improved people productively. Liang confides in his audience Solace, offering a personal and moving glimpse of his journey to find his true essence throughout the pandemic.


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