Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître brings worlds near, far and magical to the stage in our 17/18 season!
See the deserts of America’s Southwest region come to life in spectacular fashion with Momix’s Opus Cactus. Re-live the magic of Cinderella with Choreographer Christopher Anderson. Sink into the dark opulence of 17th-century court intrigue in the passionately engrossing Dangerous Liaisons. And next May, at the much-anticipated world premiere, explore with Grand-Maitre the ethos of Canada’s most-beloved band, The Tragically Hip, in a poignant contemporary ballet.
"We are thrilled to be part of this series of wonderful ballet portraits set to the music of some of the greatest musicians of our time. We are excited to see how our music will be interpreted through the vision of a renowned dance company.” – The Tragically Hip
“This season, I’m honored for the chance to create a unique portrait to the music of one of Canada’s most beloved group of artists. I look forward to this journey and to exploring the music and the poetry of such profound humanists.” - Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maitre
You won’t believe how powerful it will be!
Your Alberta Ballet 2017/2018 Season
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires
Sep 21–23, incl. Sat matinee
Embrace ‘the art of the tango’ as we open Alberta Ballet’s 51st season with Tango Fire: a sublime, sensuous performance evoking the intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires. Their playful and skilled Argentinean Tango is executed at breakneck speed and to the live music from their own orquesta tipica. You'll be entranced... and leave a little hot under the collar!
Oct 26–28 incl. Sat matinee
An erotic thriller (for adults only)
Created by Jean Grand-Maitre for the Norwegian National Ballet, and re-choreographed by him for the Jubilee's panoramic stage, Dangerous Liaisons takes us deep into two worlds: one of manipulative manners and court intrigue, the other a world of uncontrollable sexual desires and emotions. When the two collide, dangerous psychological warfare is waged.
Dec 7–10 incl. Sat & Sun matinees
Dec 15–17 incl. Sat & Sun matinees
Dec 21–24 incl. Sat & Sun matinees
Featuring live music with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
(Subcription add-on) Enter a Kingdom of Sweets, fall in love with a Sugar Plum Fairy and bravely face an army of mischievous mice. Edmund Stripe’s enchanting production of The Nutcracker is a glittering holiday event to be treasured by the entire family for years to come.
Shaping Sound: After the Curtain
Jan 19–20 incl. Sat matinee
(Subcription add-on) Under the Artistic Direction of Emmy Award Winner Travis Wall from ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ Shaping Sound is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres that tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after losing his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breathtaking, but ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.
Momix Opus Cactus
Feb 15–17 incl. Sat matinee
A surrealistic world of light, shadow, humour and the human body! Immerse yourself in the hidden landscape of the American Southwest. See cactuses soar, snakes slither and frolicking insects come to life with the magic of Momix. Artistic Director Moses Pendleton conjures sensuality, danger and humour in this inspiring and innovative performance that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Mar 15–17 incl. Sat matinee
A new family ballet! Inspired by Charles Perrault’s 1697 version — and complete with all of its delightful elements: the magical Fairy Godmother, the hilarious Stepsisters, and of course a handsome Prince — Cinderella is the story of a heroine empowered by a persevering optimistic spirit ... and a special pair of shoes. Come be swept away in this fairy tale’s timeless dream.
All of Us (The Tragically Hip Ballet)
May 3–5 incl. Sat matinee
Following in the tradition of his other signature portrait ballets celebrating Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Elton John, Sarah McLachlan and Gordon Lightfoot, Jean Grand-Maître will now explore and inhabit the ethos of The Tragically Hip. Inspired by a soundtrack of the Hip’s most-loved music, this contemporary ballet celebrates the sound and stories of a band that has spoken so poignantly to a generation of Canadians.
Paquita & Other Works
Jun 9 (evening only)
(Subcription add-on) This season, the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Division performs Paquita: the story of a Spanish gypsy who saves the life of a French aristocrat, Lucien, before learning her own past isn’t want it seems. The performance will also include the Grand Défilé — beautiful selections that showcase the talent and dedication of the School’s Professional Division students from as young as 12 years old through to the School’s Professional Graduate students.
An incredible season awaits!
"This season – our 51st – offers a glimpse of what Albertans can anticipate from Alberta Ballet: another 50 years of powerfully exciting dance.” - Alberta Ballet Executive Director Chris George
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