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ALBERTA BALLET PRESENTS JEAN GRAND-MAÎTRE’S ROMEO & JULIET

February 25th, 2016

Alberta Ballet is delighted to present Romeo & Juliet, a classical ballet choreographed by Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. Performances will run in Edmonton March 18-19 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and in Calgary March 31-April 2 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. These performances will feature the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alberta Ballet Music Director Peter Dala.
One of the pinnacles of 20th century ballet, Romeo & Juliet captures the tragic tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed renaissance lovers with astonishing grace and heartbreaking intimacy. One of the best loved works of Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, the ballet is set to the musical genius of Sergei Prokofiev – whose composition has been referred to as the greatest ballet score ever composed – and will be played live by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The tragic tale of our star-crossed lovers is more poignant and relevant today than it has ever been. Shakespeare's musings on beauty and on love, accompanied by one of the most heart wrenching scores ever written, makes this ballet one of the most memorable experiences our art form can offer,” says Grand-Maître.
CHOREOGRAPHY Jean Grand-Maître
COMPOSER Sergei Prokofiev
COSTUME DESIGN Martine Bertrand
SCENERY DESIGN Guillaume Lord
LIGHTING DESIGN Pierre Lavoie
CONDUCTOR Peter Dala
FEATURING LIVE MUSIC Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

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 ticket.albertaballet.com.

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.

Tags: dance, edmonton, event, yeg

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