WHISPERS OF THE SOUL – WORLD PREMIER BALLET PERFORMANCE
February 22, 2021 | Virtual Program
Inspired by the knowledge that humanity connects us all, “Whispers of the Soul” is a story about a young girl who goes on a magical adventure, learning both the importance of respecting values and honoring all communities.
~ At the annual village celebration, the young girl falls asleep, disinterested and ungrateful, as she longs for a different life than the one, she currently lives. Dreaming into the night, the girl is visited by three colorful butterflies. These butterflies intuitively whisper to her soul, presenting her with the opportunity to step through a magical portal, into the unknown.
Driven by her curiosity, the young girl follows the “whispers” through the portal, leaping into the darkness. Here, the audience is taken on both an exciting and magical adventure through three different lands. Throughout this journey, we are reminded that family can be found in many different places, and that the greatest adventure of all, is learning how to truly love one another. ~
Justine Fraser is a professional performer, choreographer, and dance educator. Originally from Vancouver BC, she began her professional training at Pacific Dance Arts, under the direction of Li Yaming. In 2009, she represented Canada as a finalist dancer in both the Youth America Grand Prix (NYC), and as a semi-finalist soloist in the 2008 2nd Beijing Invitational Ballet Competition.
Since completing her studies, Justine has gone on to perform with multiple contemporary and classical ballet companies, throughout North America. Currently, she has found a passion for both choreography and dance education. As a commissioned choreographer, she has had her work performed on professional stages, internationally. Most recently, she has had the immense pleasure of creating new works,on the dancers of both Coastal City Ballet (BC) and Ballet Concierto Cancún (Mexico), to name a few.
Justine is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Charlie Wu and the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, for this year’s LunarFest. She would like to express gratitude towards Coastal City Ballet’s Artistic Director: Katrina Bois, as well as all of the staff at Coastal City Ballet and Pacific Dance Arts, for their trust and unwavering faith in both herself and this project. Lastly, Justine would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the incredible dancers, at Coastal City Ballet. Thank you for all of your hard work, patience, generosity, and collaboration. It has been an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to contribute to this year’s LunarFest.
Coastal City Ballet is a repertory ballet company, based in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC Canada, that provides performance opportunities for emerging dancers, both Canadian and international. The repertoire of Coastal City Ballet ranges from commissioned works in contemporary and classical ballet, to the development of story ballets. Company members maintain a daily schedule similar to that of a professional ballet company with daily class, rehearsals and scheduled performances. Coastal City Ballet is dedicated to providing dance to the Greater Vancouver area and throughout British Columbia, as well as the possibility of both Canadian and international tours.