- One ticket to see Alberta Ballet Presents Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, the Sarah McLachlan Ballet
- When: Saturday, January 24, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Royce Hall
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $30.50 for balcony seating (up to $64.10 value)
- $48 for mid- or rear-orchestra seating (up to $85 value)
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Sarah McLachlan will not be at this event.
Alberta Ballet Presents Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, the Sarah McLachlan Ballet
When Alberta Ballet’s artistic director Jean Grand-Maître decided to set an entire ballet to Sarah McLachlan’s 1993 platinum album, he didn’t go into the project blindly. While living in Rome, he listened to Fumbling Towards Ecstasy almost constantly, and later collaborated with the Canadian chanteuse while choreographing the 2010 Olympics’ opening ceremony. “Her music has so many images,” he told Straight.com. “I think she’s one of the best melodic writers of our time.”
After sitting down to interview McLachlan, Grand-Maître gained an insight into the album that led to his ballet’s structure. On stage, five dancers ages 8 to 55 embody one woman’s life journey, from first romance to realized love, while McLachlan’s seminal album scores the emotional arc. Enhancing the choreography: an illuminated set with multimedia displays of the ocean and McLachlan’s own drawings. For her part, McLachlan is more than touched by the work, telling Straight.com that “it’s exquisite to see emotion played out on a human body.”
When artistic director Jean Grand-Maître joined the Alberta Ballet in 2002, he effectively brought a spotlight back to the already storied institution—Canada's second largest ballet company. His idea: "portrait ballets," intimate glimpses inside the canons of artists including Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John. By choreographing dances specifically for these artists' seminal tracks, Grand-Maître breathes new life into them and adds a new dimension of understanding to works that many already believe they know. And for his ingenuity, Grand-Maître was rewarded, earning the role of Director of Choreography for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and a coffee mug that says "World's Greatest Artistic Director."
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