What is life like for a gay, drug-dependent and fabulously famous rock star? Set to 14 songs by Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, including the unforgettable “Goodbye
Yellow Brick Road” and “Bennie and the Jets”, this pulsating choreography
poetry, drama and ecstasy.
A kaleidoscopic look at the extravagances of a pop icon,
whom critics have been quick to identify as the eccentric British singer-songwriter himself, Love Lies Bleeding unfolds in 14 tableaux reminiscent of rock videos. The choreographer’s neoclassical signature colours the diverse dance styles: from Broadway and Las Vegas-style cabaret to rollerblading, street dancing and jive. This technically demanding work is performed to perfection by an essentially male cast set against a multimedia set and sumptuous lighting. Some 150 extravagant costumes—including g-strings and rhinestone cowboy hats!—and 440 accessories, including 60 wigs created for the occasion, adorn this highly colourful and entertaining work created in 2010.
In production for a full year, and then reworked for months following the first performances, this show cost several million
dollars, an unusually high investment for a ballet. Considering its huge success, however, the gamble was well worth it.
A non-profit organization founded in 1966 and based in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta Ballet, with its 31 dancers, is the third-largest ballet company in Canada. Led by artistic director Jean Grand-Maître and executive director Martin Bragg, it has made
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