Atlantic Ballet’s PIAF coming to Vernon stage

Discover the sensational rags to riches story of Edith Piaf at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Friday, February 20th 2015 as Atlantic Ballet unfolds her inspiring tale through classical dance and her iconic music in their original ballet Piaf.

Inimitable French singer Edith Piaf’s life was mired in mystery and tragedy. Abandoned by her mother at birth, Piaf was brought up in a brothel, earning money as an acrobatic performer on the streets of Paris. Standing just 4 foot 8 inches, Piaf would rise above it all, leaving a grand impression in France and later the world. Her hauntingly bittersweet songs would see her flourish to international fame as La Môme Piaf (the Little Sparrow).

Atlantic Ballet’s Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy found inspiration in La Môme Piaf’s life. “I wanted audiences to be touched by her story and her songs” says Dobrovolskiy, “for them to have the same reaction I had to the music when I was a 10 year old boy hearing them for the first time.”

Extraordinary songs including Non, je ne regrette rien, La Vie en roseHymne à l’amourLa Foule, among other well-loved ballads set the backdrop for this original ballet performed by a company of 10 exceptional dancers.

“Her songs leave a sad and warm feeling of love and pride with anyone who hears them, all who discover Edith are touched by her song and story” says Igor Dobrovolskiy, who founded Atlantic Ballet 13 years ago.


Selecting music to go along side Piaf’s masterpieces was one of Dobrovolskiy’s greatest challenges. Selections from Beethoven, Fauré, Romanov and others complement Piaf’s music without overshadowing.  “I wanted to select music that would blend with her songs and make the story tell itself to the audience,” adds Dobrovolskiy, “Everyone is touched by Edith, […] Once you have heard her songs, her story; you will never forget”


Atlantic Ballet premiered Piaf in May 2014 in Fredrickton, New Brunswick. Choreographed by Igor Dobrovolskiy, the production also features lighting design by Pierre Lavoie, set design by Shawn Donellsen and video design by Ghislain Ouelette.


Fresh off their 2014 tour which included stops in Europe and the United States, Atlantic Ballet is touring British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec to share this memorable story of love, hardship and beauty.


The performance starts at 7:30pm on Friday, February 20th 2015 and tickets are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office for your tickets at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or visit


The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society thanks our sponsors for their generous support: The Village Green Hotel, Okanagan Spirits, Silver Star Mountain Resort, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.



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