CALGARY, March 4, 2019 /CNW/ - Experiencing live dance in Alberta has never felt so good! Season 2019/20 stands to be one of the most memorable yet.
Featuring exciting world premieres including a gloriously terrifying portrayal of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as well as a sublime re-staging of the greatest masterpiece in ballet's illustrious history, Swan Lake, to legendary family fairy tales like Peter Pan and The Nutcracker, next season's lineup has something for all audiences.
It all starts with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as we boldly present the Canadian premiere of Bollywood's most acclaimed global sensation Taj Express, straight from Mumbai. This magnificent ensemble captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions in India for generations.
Meanwhile, Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître has already begun work on the world premiere of his first horror ballet, Frankenstein, just in time for Halloween. Perhaps the only myth created since the early Greeks, Viktor Frankenstein's hideous offspring's tragic tale will be transposed to our modern times in this highly-anticipated work featuring six world class designers.
After Christmas and our annual production of The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet presents yet another Canadian premiere, LA's explosive Diavolo, seen by more than 90 million people worldwide as finalists on America's Got Talent. This high adrenaline and exceptionally athletic dance company fuses architectural elements with mind blowing contemporary dance, martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop.
Next year also marks the introduction of Alberta Ballet Unleashed, a slick, provocative and sensuous evening of contemporary dance featuring our 30 fearless dancers in three contrasting ballets including a world premiere by Montreal's rising star Anne Plamondon, the Canadian premiere of renowned American dance-maker Helen Pickett's celebrated ballet Petal as well as legendary Russian choreographer George Balanchine's masterwork Allegro Brillante, set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3.
As if the season didn't pack a big enough punch already, the last two productions will no doubt be instant crowd-pleasers.
Septime Webre's exquisite and witty Peter Pan will make its Canadian premiere in March followed by the world premiere of Christopher Anderson's lavish and heart-wrenching Swan Lake. A title that has become synonymous with ballet itself, Swan Lake encapsulates grace and elegance while providing unparalleled artistic and technical challenges. Supported by Tchaikovsky's incredibly expressive score, this story of love and heartbreak has been captivating audiences for centuries. An apex of any season, this world premiere is poised to take your breath away.
"We are constantly searching for productions that will surprise and delight our audiences," said Grand-Maître. "From the sensuous exoticism of Taj Express to the sublime classicism of Swan Lake, there is something for everyone to enjoy and remember. Our audiences will continue to be stimulated and engaged by various productions highlighting the vitality, the beauty and the power of dance in all its awesome incarnations."
For more information on our season, please visit: https://www.albertaballet.com/season-overview-19-20
About Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet, under the direction of Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, connects audiences with dance that excites and inspires. The company reaches thousands of Albertans over the course of its September to May season and has toured across Canada and internationally. Through both the originality of its programming and the talent of its classically-trained dancers, Alberta Ballet has earned a passionate following in its twin home cities, Calgary and Edmonton, and abroad.
SOURCE Alberta Ballet
For further information: Media Inquiries: Kim Jackson, Alberta Ballet Communications Manager, [email protected], m: 587.999.0306, 0: 403.245.4222 ext. 710