Alberta Ballet Returns With New Season Including Bowie-Inspired Ballet
CALGARY – The Alberta Ballet hopes to bring the pas de deux into the post-pandemic era.
The famous dance company announced its 2021-22 season with a release Wednesday that heralded a traditional Alberta Ballet season, following a season lost to the pandemic.
There is a new ballet of portraits, Phi, with songs by David Bowie. There is a presentation of the Beijing Dance Theater Hamlet, in addition to a presentation of Cinderella, Swan Lake and the company’s staple food for the end of year celebrations,Nutcracker.
Everything will be part of the last season of the company under the leadership of Jean Grande-Maître who cedes the role of artistic director to Christopher Anderson in 2022-2023.
“For this glorious reopening season and especially for you, we have selected ballets that will inspire hope and resilience. Soon we will come together again to celebrate our common humanity, ”Grand Master said in a statement. “From the noble, lush and passionate music of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev to the innovative genius of legendary David Bowie, our 2021-2022 season will strive to bring us back to a new life, filled with new beginnings and new desires. “
(Alberta Ballet dancer Jennifer Gibson at the upcoming world premiere of Christopher Anderson’s Swan Lake, postponed from the 2019/20 season (Photo by Paul McGrath)
The announcement came as the province prepared to move to Stage 2 of the reopening, allowing live performances to resume, after a substantial absence from stages around the world.
“If I close my eyes I can almost feel the cold air flooding the stage as the curtain rises,” Anderson said. “After more than 20 months, the stage is finally ready for a euphoric return to live performance. I just can’t wait to be back in our theaters and see the brilliant dancers of Alberta Ballet light up the stage.
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