Alberta Ballet Announces 2015-2016 Season

49th season showcases acclaimed Canadian choreographers and designers. Featuring six Alberta premieres and two world premieres, season highlights include Balletlujah! and Romeo and Juliet, and brand new works from outstanding choreographers.

CALGARY, March 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Alberta Ballet is proud to announce its 2015-2016 season, highlighting the best in Canadian choreography. Next season Alberta Ballet will present the world premiere of brand new choreography from Vancouver based Wen Wei Wang and the company's own Yukichi Hattori alongside Jean Grand-Maître's critically acclaimed Romeo and Juliet, Balletlujah! and Love Lies Bleeding. The season will also feature work by Alberta's Aszure Barton, and Edmund Stripe's holiday classic The Nutcracker. Guest companies will include dance legend Paul Taylor's extraordinary ensemble and Shaping Sound, starring the finalist and champions of the immensely popular television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Music for the season will be highlighted by an array of composers and songwriters: from Astor Piazzolla's unforgettable tangos to the elegance of Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpieces, from k.d. lang's legendary interpretations to Elton John's prolific genius, from the unbridled joy of the Andrews Sisters' wartime catalogue to the highly dramatic Prokofiev's extraordinary Romeo and Juliet, the 2015-2016 season has something for all musical tastes. Performances of The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet will feature live music performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

"Oh Canada! This coming season we are proudly celebrating the best of Canadian dance as we focus especially on our own, home-grown choreographic giants. Come and join Albertans Aszure Barton, Yukichi Hattori, Edmund Stripe and myself, as well as Vancouver's Wen Wei Wang for a series of profoundly moving ballets which will inspire us all to keep believing in humanity's potential for truth and beauty," says Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître.

2015-2016 Season Schedule:

Balletlujah!
Calgary: September 24-26, 2015
Edmonton: October 2-3, 2015
Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: k.d. lang

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Calgary: October 29-31, 2015
Edmonton: November 6-7, 2015
Choreography: Paul Taylor
Music: Astor Plazzolla & Jerzy Peterburshsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, the Andrews Sisters

Up Close
Calgary: November 18-21, 2015
Choreography: Yukichi Hattori and Alberta Ballet company artists

The Nutcracker
Edmonton: December 10-13, 2015
Calgary: December 17-24, 2015
Choreography: Edmund Stripe
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Shaping Sound
Edmonton: January 12-13, 2016
Calgary: January 15-16, 2016
Choreography: Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson

Dynamic Directions
Calgary: February 11-13, 2016
Edmonton: February 19-20, 2016
Choreography: Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, Yukichi Hattori

Romeo and Juliet
Edmonton: March 18-19, 2016
Calgary: March 31- April 2, 2016
Choreographer: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Love Lies Bleeding
Calgary: May 5-7, 2016
Edmonton: May 13-14, 2016
Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Subscriptions will be available after April 17, 2015 and single tickets will be available after June 1, 2015 through Alberta Ballet's Box Office by phone at 403-245-4549 in Calgary, 780-428-6839 in Edmonton or online at www.albertaballet.com.

SOURCE Alberta Ballet

For further information: For media inquires please contact: Danielle Bartha, Publicist and Promotions Officer, P: 403.245.4222 ext. 549, C: 403.606.4669, E: danielleb@albertaballet.com

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