The Alberta Ballet 2023-2024 season “places creativity centre stage” with three full-length ballets and a double-bill.
Along with their four programs, the company will also host Ballet Hispánico dancing Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Doña Perón and Yuanyuan Wang’s Hamlet performed by Beijing Dance Theater.
“We’ve selected productions with vivid characters and grand adventures – bringing artists, sets, music and storytelling from across the world. We've also reached into our repertoire for
some Alberta-infused interpretations. Several works include collaborations with today’s most prolific choreographers; works that I know our artists will elevate. Creativity is the seed of artistic expression, and creativity will resonate throughout our 2023/24 season. Brimming with bold and daring productions, this new season will captivate your
imagination. The ambition around next season is what makes 2023/24 stand out. We are striving for new heights with a goal of matching our artistic expression on stage to our audience’s incredible enthusiasm for dance."
Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet 2023-2024 Season Trailer Video
Alberta Ballet 2023-2024 Season Schedule
The Sleeping Beauty| October 26-28 & November 3-4, 2023
Jubilee Auditorium (Calgary & Edmonton)
The Sleeping Beauty by Christopher Anderson after Marius Petipa
A beloved story for the ages, Alberta Ballet’s rendition of The Sleeping Beauty has everything that aficionados treasure, from Tchaikovsky’s symphonic score to the exacting technique in the Rose Adagio. Younger audience members will delight when familiar fairy-tale characters appear as special guests in the final act’s royal wedding.
What’s more, this sumptuous masterpiece embraces a unique local spin, as it unfolds against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring landscapes and foliage of the Canadian Rockies.
Staying true to the classic, Marius Pepita’s original choreography inspires Christopher Anderson’s brilliant artistic direction in a new take on a cherished favorite.
The Nutcracker | December 6-10 & 15-24, 2023
Jubilee Auditorium (Edmonton & Calgary)
The Nutcracker by Edmund Stripe
In The Nutcracker, a beloved family tale, Klara and her Nutcracker travel an unknown kingdom, battle the dark magic of the Rat Tsar and dance with the courtiers of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 120 performers bring Klara’s journey to life, decked out in stunning costumes and accompanied by a live orchestra.
Inspired by the charm of old-fashioned black and white movies, with the brilliant energy of a fantastical adventure, this family ballet presents a true feast for the senses.
The memorable lineup of characters creates a delightful trail of surprises, each bringing more magic to the stage. Join Hansel and Gretel as they encounter the mystical Sandman and his sparkling Dew Fairies, the Ice Cream Witch, a sinister chorus line of pink-iced gingerbread men and more. With each new character comes an abundance of sensational visual delights.
Choreographer Loughlan Prior’s interpretation of Hansel & Gretel provides a brighter take on the original tale, bringing stunning dance, vibrant costumes and outrageous fun. A scrumptious storybook world awaits for audiences to devour!
This sweet retelling of the Brothers Grimm age-old fable is a truly wonderful experience for adventure-seekers of all ages.
Der Wolf & The Rite of Spring | May 2-4 & 10-11, 2024
Jubilee Auditorium (Calgary & Edmonton)
Der Wolf by Morgann Runacre-Temple
The Rite of Spring by Nicolo Fonte
In 2021, Austria’s Oper Graz premiered a distorted adult reimagining of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. In an exploration of temptation and threat, our folklore heroine is given three chances to shape the plot of this famous fable. A darker twist on the age-old tale, Der Wolf explores the struggle between dominance and devotion as a young woman deliberates on a choice.
Nicolo Fonte’s 2014 version of The Rite of Spring maintains the power and drama of the original, pairing Stravinsky’s iconic score with a libretto that dives into themes of community, ritual sacrifice and birth and re-birth in subtle and abstract ways.
Featured Photo for the Alberta Ballet 2023-2024 Season of Allison Perhach. Photo by Eluvier Acosta.