Calgary, Don't Miss Alberta Ballet's Enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream!

    CALGARY, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Thursday evening was a magical one in Calgary
with the premiere of Alberta Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Audience
members were swept away by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's ethereal world
where mischievous fairies amuse themselves by playing matchmaker, using magic
to mix up the love lives of two human couples.
    The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium was full of laughter at the
misadventures of the couples, including Demetrius and Helena, who were
portrayed with keen comedic skill by Alberta Ballet's Blair Puente and Nicole
Caron. Yukichi Hattori proved his talent in the role of Puck, one he has
played in different styles since the age of 11. The audience was also charmed
by the cast of 22 children, trained at five Calgary dance schools, including
the School of Alberta Ballet.
    Alberta Ballet premiered A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2001 and it is
returning this season in response to overwhelming praise from audiences and
critics alike. Recently described as "the world's most explosively talented
choreographer" (The Guardian), Wheeldon is a wunderkind, widely regarded as
the heir to great ballet creators George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan and
Frederick Ashton.

    "With innate wit and musicality, Wheeldon tells (A Midsummer Night's
    Dream) cleanly, along the way are moments that bloom into magic."
       -   Janine Gastineau, Dance Magazine

    "Mr. Wheeldon reigns as the 30-year-old golden boy of international
       -   The New York Times

    Tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday night shows.
Don't miss out on this Alberta favourite that is a treat for children and
adults alike! Visit Ticketmaster's website at, or phone
    All performances feature live orchestral accompaniment by the Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra.

    About Alberta Ballet:

    Alberta Ballet, a not-for-profit organization, is Canada's third-largest
ballet company. Since its formation in 1966, its eclectic, bold and youthful
programming has wowed audiences and critics alike around the world. Considered
one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his generation, Artistic
Director Jean Grand-Maître has built a rich repertoire that includes the
ballets of such masters as George Balanchine and Rudi van Dantzig, as well as
original works; including the critically acclaimed Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle
& The Drum, a collaboration with legendary music artist Joni Mitchell.

For further information:

For further information: Samantha Garner, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 529, E:; Gail
Helmer, Director of Marketing and Communications, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 545,

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