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Alberta Ballet - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy


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I enjoyed yesterday's performance of Alberta Ballet's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. My first live ballet a few years ago was Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. This year's version, called Director's Cut, is slightly different with a slight change up in the songs.

For those in Calgary and Edmonton who are planning to see the performance, I highly recommend that you attend the pre-show chat with artistic director Jean Grand-Maître. JGM discusses the motivation behind the movements and how the ballet came into being. He talks about how he met Sarah McLachlan and how they collaborated to create this ballet. He also talks about what the music meant to Sarah and how he tried to incorporate those feelings into the dance. Hearing and learning of the artistic process made the ballet performance that much more enjoyable.

I also enjoyed his discussion of Sarah's reaction to the ballet.

Not having an artistic background, I found his whole discussion interesting. And, JGM is a good speaker who can tell an interesting story with ease.

The performance itself started at 7:30 pm, and the pre-show chat was from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Kevin H. Stecyk

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