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Alberta Ballet's 2007/08 season

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Yesterday Alberta Ballet held an official presentation in Edmonton of its 2007/08 season.

September: The National Ballet of Canada tours with Peter Wright's production of Giselle.

October/November: Kirk Peterson's new Othello

December: Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker

February: a revival of Jean Grand-Maître's Dangerous Liaisons

April: Jean Grand-Maître's new ballet to Mozart's Requiem.

I am sorry that there are no mixed bills. Presumably this is a response to box-office pressures. I would like to have seen a revival of Balanchine's Prodigal Son. I'm also surprised that apart from the Nutcracker, there is no kid-friendly programming. I rather expected the company to bring back Edmund Stripe's charming Alice in Wonderland. I'm also sorry that the season doesn't include a tour by Ballet BC. It's been several years since they've performed here, and I half expected a reciprocal visit after Alberta Ballet's run of Romeo & Juliet in Vancouver last September. I am glad that this will be the last run of Nissinen's Nutcracker because the production is very tired, and I will be curious to see how Dangerous Liaisons works on the large stage of the Jubilee Auditorium, as the company had previously performed it in much smaller venues.

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