Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company, beloved for its delightful, classical repertoire and engaging, contemporary works. Alberta Ballet is renowned for such family favourites as the annual Christmas special, The Nutcracker. They also demonstrate their ingenuity and cultural connection by making ballet relevant to Albertans with such creations as Balletlujah! – a tribute to k.d. lang, and All of Us – The Tragically Hip Ballet. Whether you love the classics, with tutus and tiaras, or prefer your dancing a little edgier and more modern, Alberta Ballet will likely have something for you. The Alberta Ballet runs a full repertoire of shows each season and often has family-friendly options.
Swan Lake: October 21 – 29, 2021
Originally slated for the 2019/20 season, Alberta Ballet’s highly anticipated world premiere of Christopher Anderson’s Swan Lake will inspire the dance lover in you. This fantastical tale has at its heart a passionate coming of age story. Forces of evil attempt to thwart the love between young Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen, Odette. Add in the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s symphonic score and the result is a masterpiece for the ages. This iconic classical ballet will stir your soul and capture your heart.
The Nutcracker: December 10 – 24, 2021
It’s Christmas Eve and a young girl named Klara has just received the most magical gift from her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer – a handsome nutcracker doll. Little does she know as she falls asleep, weary from the family’s holiday celebrations, that her new toy is about to spark her imagination and take her on a dreamy adventure to the Land of Sweets! Join Klara and her nutcracker doll as they embark on a magical journey featuring epic battles with some pesky rats, a snow queen, a beautiful fairy, a dashing cavalier and of course, her nutcracker prince.
Hamlet: February 9 – 12, 2021
Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director/choreographer Yuanyuan Wang, the Beijing Dance Theater (BDT) has secured their reign on China’s dance stage with stunning dance productions. Collaborating with renowned directors, composers, and visual artists, BDT is a leader in creating cultural collaborations showcasing China’s best stage artists in unmatched, remarkable dance productions.
This dance drama is adapted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, exploring this psychological landscape from a fresh perspective. Through the main characters extracted from the original comes a story of life, death, and love. The ghost of the murdered king haunts the living. The prince avenges his father, thereby destroying love and life. The new king, the queen and the courtiers engage in transactions of soul and flesh, struggling between good and evil.
Phi: Featuring the Music of David Bowie: March 10 – 19, 2021
Jean Grand-Maître explores humanity’s growing addiction to technology in this contemporary sci-fi ballet, inspired by the music of the late great David Bowie. Phi will be conceived by six world-class designers and will feature more than 13 monumental compositions spanning the entire career of the legendary songwriter, including Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Heathen and I’m Afraid of Americans.
Phi will explore the contrasting aesthetics of the futuristic virtual world with the natural beauty of the disappearing world of true reality. This is the seventh installment in Jean’s illustrious portrait ballet series in which he’s drawn inspiration from some of the most significant singer-songwriters of our time.
Cinderella: April 28 – May 7, 2021
Taking inspiration from the 1697 Charles Perrault version, Christopher’s retelling of Cinderella features all of the best-loved characters from the original story including a wicked stepmother, comedic stepsisters, a dashing young prince and of course, a magical fairy godmother. Be swept into an enchanting world created by one of ballet’s most prolific set and costume designers, Peter Farmer, and join us on a journey of a heroine who makes her dreams come true through the perseverance of an optimistic spirit and a special pair of shoes.
After an acclaimed world premiere in Alberta Ballet’s 2017/18 season, Cinderella has become a beloved part of our repertoire and the one family ballet you won’t want to miss.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Address: 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB