by Contributor on Monday May 24 2021
This weekend is a rich offering of streamed presentations from the Capitol Theatre with local Nelson and BC representation in the genres of music and dance respectively.
Beginning on May 27th and available for one week, local singer and ukulele player Brian Kalbfleisch will be joined by Rob Fahie on bass, Don Macdonald on violin, and Graham Tracy on percussion to present an on-demand, acoustic set of familiar rock and folk music as well as some original Kalbfleisch composistions.
Fahie, Tracy and Kalbfleisch have a long-standing musical relationship stemming from their work together in the Bluegrass/Swing/Psychedelic-infused group, “The Devils You Don’t” and Macdonald is a frequent collaborator who contributes vocals as well as violin.
“It’s so rewarding to bring a fresh take to some of these classic tunes that Brian has chosen,” says Macdonald.
“These more familiar songs are a great contrast to some of his originals and lesser known gems and ukelele and violin are such a novel pairing”.
Two days later on May 29th, there will be a special free screening of two dance films. The first features Ballet BC’s former prima ballerina, Simone Orlando as the subject of the documentary by Lynne Spencer, “Broken”.
This film follows Orlando’s path through a career-threatening injury and is an intimate portrait of what happens to an artist or athlete who has devoted their life to a single pursuit once personal injury threatens that very way of life.
Orlando is now the CEO of Ballet Kelowna and has recently choreographed and produced the second film of the evening, “One With”- a moving piece about her father’s recent move into a long-term care home and the rapid onset of dementia made worse by the pandemic and subsequent isolation.
“Although it is difficult for him to communicate, I know that he is thinking about and remembering things from his past,” says Orlando.
“I know that there is an expansive inner world of thoughts, feelings, observations, and ideas that he is recollecting, processing, and trying to share with me when we spend time together”. “One With” deals with themes of memories, companionship and support.
If you are unable to attend the free screening at 7 p.m. on May 29th which features a Zoom Q and A with both Lynne Spencer and Simone Orlando, tickets are available to purchase for on-demand viewing through the week after the premiere.
Free premiere tickets for “Broken and One With” and $10 tickets for the on-demand version of those films as well as Brian Kalbfleisch and Friends streamare available at the Capitol Theatre box office (opening hours noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday – Friday), by phone (250-352-6363) or online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca
Ballet BC’s former prima ballerina, Simone Orlando as the subject of the documentary by Lynne Spencer, “Broken”. — Submitted photo