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

    CALGARY, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Thursday evening was a magical one in Calgary
with that city's first performance 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 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. Edmonton audiences will be charmed by the cast of 23 children,
trained at 12 Edmonton dance schools. This performance also marks a homecoming
for Edmonton natives Kelley MacKinlay and Victoria Lane Green.
    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 shows in Edmonton November 7 and 8. Don't
miss out on this Alberta favourite that is a treat for children and adults
alike! To purchase tickets, phone the box office at 780.428.6839 ext 1.
    All performances feature live orchestral accompaniment by the Edmonton
Symphony Orchestra. For photos and interview requests, please contact Samantha
Garner using the information below.

    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: Media Contacts: Samantha Garner, Marketing and
Communications Coordinator, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 529, E:
samanthag@albertaballet.com; Gail Helmer, Director of Marketing and
Communications, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 545, E: gailh@albertaballet.com

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