Emily Molnar, Artistic Director of Ballet BC

Spend 69 Seconds With Ballet BC Artistic Director, Emily Molnar.

01Your first job.
I was 16 turning 17 yrs old and was offered a job with The National Ballet of Canada.

02The job you wanted as a child.
My dream from an early age was to be a great ballet dancer.

03What gets you up in the morning?
The possibility to learn and discover more about life and the opportunity to make a difference.

04What puts you to sleep at night?
The awe of the unknown and the beauty of having accomplished what seemed impossible.

05Favourite BC Ballet performance.
I would have to say playing Puck in the Faerie Queen.

06Favorite song and/or artist.
I have many it is hard to name one! Some favorites are Francis Bacon (painter), Mark Rothko, Glenn Gould, Johann Sebastian Bach and Rainer Maria Rilke.

07One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Honest.

08The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
The beauty of our city.

09 Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I….
…love to sit with a cup of coffee and read a great book.

MEET emily molnar

Emily MolnarA graduate of the National Ballet School, Emily Molnar is a former member of the National Ballet of Canada; Frankfurt Ballet, where she created and performed an extensive repertoire under director William Forsythe; and a principal dancer with Ballet British Columbia. In July 2009 Molnar was appointed interim Artistic Director of Ballet British Columbia where she will steer the company through a period of transition towards a new era of exceptional contemporary ballet.

Molnar is an internationally respected and critically acclaimed artist who has worked and toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the US. She has created and performed several works as a choreographer and solo artist, including commissions for Alberta Ballet, Ballet Mannheim, Ballet Augsburg, Cedar Lake Dance, Pro Arte Danza, and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, among others. In September 2005 Molnar was invited to participate in The New York City Choreographic Institute where she worked with dancers from The New York City Ballet. Her upcoming projects include Dedica, a new work for Ballet British Columbia’s celebration gala, Ignite and Songs of a Wayfarer for Alberta Ballet in spring of 2010.

As an active mentor, advocate, and coach Molnar follows her passion to nurture artists and choreographers, educate and support the research and development of dance and artistic leadership, and explore the role of the artist in society.

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