A review of Alberta Ballet's
"Love Lies Bleeding" by Dana Glassman in The National Post.
When staging a show about this notorious diva, one has no choice but to go big. And Grand-Maître did just that. The result is a pricy production (total tab topped $1.1-million) that would look right at home on Broadway or any hotel on the Vegas strip. It’s over-the-top, outrageous with never a dull moment.
Credit for this visual stunner goes not just to Grand-Maître but also to Martine Bertrand for creating a sea of glamorous costumes and Adam Larsen for a mesmerizing video design. A massive sloped mirror projects old news footage of Elton throughout his career, intermixed with artsy images that keep the audience entertained during the many smooth transitions between numbers.
Carly Maga's review
At times Love Lies Bleeding struck a balance between the traditional and the contemporary, as the chorus created images of satellites hurtling through space with the red lights on their costumes, or as Mark Wax, Anthony Pina, and Blair Puente pulled off their dance to “Believe” in sky-high stilettos as The Drags. The use of props and over-the-top costumes made for an impressive aesthetic perfect for the glitz and glam of Elton John and certainly pleased the crowd. On the flip side, they overpowered the beautiful work of Hattori and the chorus members, Grand-Maître’s intriguing blend of dance styles, even John and Taupin’s music itself