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7 world premieres and music from Sarah McLachlan: Ballet BC announces 2013-14 season

Sunday, March 06, 2011, - Calgary, AB - Canadian musician, singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan was in Calgary, AB on Sunday, March 06, 2011 to watch a dress rehearsal of "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy". The ballet led by artistic director Jean Grand-Ma”tre is inspired by and features the music of Sarah McLachlan. Following Alberta Ballets past successful shows to the music of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell and England's Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, this show will open in Calgary on May 5th, 2011. Photo by Chris Bolin for the Globe and Mail.

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Ballet BC's 2013-14 season will include seven world premieres, the Vancouver premiere of a ballet set to Sarah McLachlan's music, and a performance at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow dance festival. The season was announced on Tuesday.

It will kick off in October with TILT , featuring world premieres of works by Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo (1st Flash) and Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar, as well as Netherlands Dance Theatre associate choreographer Johan Inger's Walking Mad , which had its Canadian premiere in Vancouver last year.

In February, the company will present Grace Symmetry, which will include new works by Ballet Mannheim Artistic Director Kevin O'Day (Face to Face) and French choreographer Medhi Walerski (Petite Cérémonie), and the reprisal of Wen Wei Wang's In Motion. Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble will perform the music live.

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The season concludes in April with UN/A , featuring world premieres by Toronto-born Gioconda Barbudo (Touch), Chicago-based Gustavo Ramirez Sansano in his Canadian debut, and fellow Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto.

As previously reported by The Globe and Mail, Alberta Ballet will bring Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, choreographed by artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, to McLachlan's neck of the woods, with performances November 14-16 at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre (following shows in Victoria November 8-9). Alberta Ballet will also bring its production of The Nutcracker to Vancouver, December 28-31.

The company will also hit the road for performances at the acclaimed Jacob's Pillow summer dance festival in Massachusetts this July, and at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in Quebec. Ballet BC will also perform in Victoria in January 2014.

The company of 17 dancers, which has focused on contemporary ballet since Molnar took over in 2009 following its near-bankruptcy, was named one of "25 to watch" by Dance Magazine in its January 2013 issue, which called the company "physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary." Ballet BC was also featured in January as Broadway World's international dance company of the month.

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Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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