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January 20th, 2016

Calgary & Edmonton, AB – Alberta Ballet is delighted to present Dynamic Directions, a contemporary mixed bill celebrating Western Canada’s choreographic stars Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton and Yukichi Hattori. Performances will run in Calgary Feb. 11-13 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and in Edmonton Feb. 19-20 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. These performances will showcase world premieres by Wen Wei Wang and Yukichi Hattori, and Aszure Barton will be presenting her acclaimed Happy Little Things (Waiting On a Gruff Cloud of Wanting).
Futureland | Wen Wei Wang – Wen Wei Wang is a modern master who blends choreography of many styles with unique visual design and music. Wen Wei has choreographed for Ballet Jörgen and Vancouver Opera in addition to his own creations for Vancouver based Wen Wei Dance. His world premiere of Futureland was inspired initially by video-game culture and is an abstract work that evokes the universal human search for the unattainable – in other words the life force that drives us all. This is his second commission for Alberta Ballet.
Happy Little Things (Waiting on a Gruff Cloud of Wanting) | Aszure Barton – Aszure Barton's powerful ensemble work, Happy Little Things (Waiting on a Gruff Cloud of Wanting), explores all forms and shapes of the individual, down to the roots of her animal physicality. She has created a rambunctious sepia-toned stampede honouring details that make up individual personalities, and those marvelous little imperfections that speak to the beauty and fragility of being.
A native Albertan, Aszure Barton has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company and her own New York based Aszure Barton & Artists. Happy Little Things was created for The Juilliard School in 2009.
(rite) | Yukichi Hattori – Alberta Ballet’s own rising star, Yukichi’s work as both a dancer and choreographer has impressed audiences across Canada, Japan, the USA and Germany, including his extraordinary Carmen which premiered in Alberta Ballet’s 2014-2015 Season. His world premiere of (rite) is set to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This work marks Yukichi’s sixth commission for Alberta Ballet.
“We are thrilled to showcase three remarkable Western Canadian choreographers who are acclaimed around the world. These three ballets will erupt onto our stage with a sensuous vitality and with an abandoned athleticism that will linger in your memory, and inspire you to keep believing in the beauty of life,” says Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director.
Tickets for shows in both Calgary and Edmonton start at $29 and are available by phone in Calgary at 403-245-4549, in Edmonton at 780-428-6839 or online at
About Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet, Canada’s second-largest ballet company, is currently celebrating its 49th season. Under the artistic leadership of Jean Grand-Maître, the company is at the forefront of the national and international arts scene. This season Alberta Ballet is proud to present the world premiere of brand new choreography from Vancouver based Wen Wei Wang and the company’s own Yukichi Hattori alongside Jean Grand-Maître’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet, Balletlujah! and Love Lies Bleeding. The season also features work by Alberta’s Aszure Barton, and Edmund Stripe’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. Guest companies include dance legend Paul Taylor’s extraordinary ensemble and Shaping Sound, starring the finalist and champions of the immensely popular television show So You Think You Can Dance.

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