December 4, 2015
Alberta Ballet II is an innovative project created to attract top level dancers who are on the verge of successful professional careers. Led by Director Aram Manukyan this free, one-to-two year program for emerging artists launched in June 2014. Members are chosen through a competitive, Canada-wide audition tour.
Alberta Ballet II will perform three shows on December 4, two for schools and one for the public. The matinees will feature an original choreography of Peter and the Wolf for elementary students, followed by a brief lecture demonstration and a question and answer period. Visit esplanade.ca/education
for school bookings of Peter and the Wolf. The evening performance will consist of the contemporary ballet Cluster, followed by the classical production of Aurora’s Wedding from Sleeping Beauty for adults and families.
Choreographed by the School of Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Edmund Stripe to Max Richter’s re-working of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Cluster began its life as a choreographic exercise for the Professional Graduate students of the School of Alberta Ballet 2014. The contemporary piece has become regarded as a milestone in Stripe’s career as well as in the School of Alberta Ballet’s evolution.
Aurora’s Wedding is an adaptation of Act III of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s and Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, first performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in London in 1922. We join the story after Princess Aurora has been awakened from her 100 year sleep by a kiss from Prince Florimund. The royal wedding is in progress. Wedding guests include Puss in Boots and The White Cat, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, Princess Florine and The Bluebird, and the precious jewels Gold, Silver, Sapphire and Diamond. The festivities culminate with a Grand Pas de Deux performed by Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund.