Just in time for Valentine’s Day (well, close, Feb 12th. Valentine’s week?) we’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to see Alberta Ballet‘s production of UNLEASHED on our social media accounts, and our Calgary Discord server.
UNLEASHED: “Experience ballet from three different artistic perspectives powerfully expressed by Alberta Ballet’s company dancers. February’s triple bill, Alberta Ballet Unleashed perfectly blends classical and contemporary ballet in one unforgettable evening.”
- More info https://www.albertaballet.com/unleashed
- Wednesday, February 12 7:30 PM
- Thursday, February 13 7:30 PM
- Friday, February 14 7:30 PM
- Saturday, February 15 2:00 PM
- Saturday, February 15 7:30 PM
What To Expect
Each performance is around 20 minutes, with a 20 minute intermission after that (except for Act III, after that the show is finished). By the way, this isn’t the kind of ballet where the bear drives around a little car, sorry.
- Choreography: George Balanchine
- Followed by 20 minute intermission
George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante performed to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is characterized by what Maria Tallchief (the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created) calls “an expansive Russian romanticism.” The music’s vigorous pace makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: “It contains everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.”
- Choreography: Anne Plamondon
- Followed by 20 minute intermission
Yearning To Make A Difference
Be among the first to witness the world premiere piece by Montreal choreographer, the formidable Anne Plamondon. Based on an emotional event involving the death of a young girl that shook the province of Quebec, the piece represents society’s responsibility in a time of tragedy and how small gestures can really affect someone’s life in a beautiful way. Working with Alberta Ballet dancers, Anne explores movement that expresses how individuals have the power to make a positive impact in the greatest time of need.
Act III – Petal
- Choreography: Helen Pickett
Helen Pickett’s original inspiration for Petal came from the vibrancy of a Gerber daisy. As the ballet evolved color remained a critical element of the work, but the visceral movement and relationships between the dancers came to reflect the vigor of wildflowers rather than a hothouse bloom. “The eight dancers who invade, inhabit and constantly transform the stage space, perform as if they had been tossed a do-or-die challenge and are determined to transcend their training,” observed Allan Ulrich of SF Gate. Bathed in the light of hot yellows, pinks, and oranges the dancers’ kinetic energy reflects the vitality of spring. There is also a deeper underlying connection between them expressed through the intimacy of human touch: a gentle caress around someone’s neck or along someone’s neck or inner thigh. “Intimacy is such an important part of a human life – without it, we wither,” says Pickett. “Let’s celebrate this burst of color, this sound, this touch.”
Win Tickets (CONTEST ENDED)
We’re giving away 3x pairs of tickets! 2 on FB, 2 on IG and 2 on our Discord server. You can enter on all 3x to increase your odds. (imagine how much cred you would earn by winning ballet tickets just before Valentine’s Day!)
Tickets are for the February 12th 2020 7:30 PM performance.
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Contests will run until February 10th at 10:30 PM MST. Winners tickets will be will-call, so your name will be on their list at the door. Best of luck!
If you’ve ever wanted to be part of the Alberta Ballet, they’re holding auditions in March 2020.
They also have programs for kids! Checkout the Alberta Ballet School.
If you like podcasts, check out the Alberta Ballet Podcast.
Follow @AlbertaBallet on Twitter for news and updates.
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