Experience Magical Mischief with Alberta Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream

    CALGARY, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Alberta Ballet continues its Shakespeare cycle
with A Midsummer Night's Dream, the company's first performance of its
remarkable 2008-2009 season.
    Internationally-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon creates a
lush moonlit world where fairies and mortals fall victim to the contrasting
themes of reality and illusion; waking and dreaming; and true and false love.
    Alberta Ballet was the first Canadian company to perform a Wheeldon work
and is proud to once again bring his enchanting ballet to Alberta stages.
Alberta Ballet premiered A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2001 and re-mounted it
in 2003, 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.
    Set to Felix Mendelssohn's ethereal score, Wheeldon's magical
interpretation tells the story of mischievous fairies amusing themselves by
playing matchmaker, using magic to mix up the love lives of two human couples.
This hilarious and spellbinding performance will come to life with
highly-crafted sets and over 100 breathtaking costumes. Join us and get swept
away in this comedy of errors, one of Shakespeare's best-loved tales.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream premieres at the Southern Alberta Jubilee
Auditorium in Calgary, running from October 23 to 25. From November 7 to 8,
Edmonton audiences can enjoy the ballet at the Northern Alberta Jubilee
Auditorium. All performances feature live orchestral accompaniment by the
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream is appropriate for audiences of all ages. To
purchase tickets, phone the Calgary box office at 403-245-4549, or the
Edmonton box office at 780-428-6839 ext. 1.

    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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