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After dancing with some of the most prestigious companies in North America, and twirl-wind tours through Europe, Asia and Australia, Vancouver native Kirsten Wicklund has been back on stage in her hometown with Ballet BC for the last three years. We caught up with the contemporary ballet dancer (and So You Think You Can Dance Canada alum) during rehearsal for the company’s spring tour, which pirouettes through Quebec and Ontario next month.

Kirsten Wicklund

What kind of packer are you?
I’m an overpacker but an organized one. So even though I bring everything I might possibly need on tour – and a few things I don’t – it all seems to fit.

What are some of your favourite Vancouver rediscoveries?
For brunch, an omelette with Gruyère cheese and a cappuccino at Au Comptoir is perfect. It’s in Kitsilano, which is not where you’d expect to find a Parisian-style café. My go-to is Oak + Fort for shopping. I bought this beige turtleneck I already wear too much and a wide beige jumper. Beige on beige – love it!

Any jet lag tips for keeping your muscles in the right time zone?
After a long flight, I keep my compression gear on, put my feet in an ice bath if they’re swollen and drink way more water than I feel like I want to.

What can audiences expect on this tour?
One of the pieces we’ll be presenting is Solo Echo, by Ballet BC alumna Crystal Pite, who is Canadian but now choreographs all over the world. It’s a favourite for the dancers, with a lot of layers and partner work. Audiences love it too. Snow falls at the back of the stage for the whole thing; the beauty of the space is overwhelming.



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