Artistic Director: Jean Grand-Maître
Calgary, Alberta

28 Dancers
12 Crew

Residency and Outreach Activities Available


Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for its repertoire of contemporary and classical productions.

The organization’s roots were planted in the early 1950s by the late Dr. Ruth Carse before taking its official name of Alberta Ballet in 1966 in Edmonton, Canada. In 1990, Alberta Ballet and Calgary City Ballet merged into the company it is today. The official training centre of Alberta Ballet, the School of Alberta Ballet, attracts students from around the world every year and has amassed a reputation as Western Canada’s preeminent ballet institution.

In 2013-2014, Alberta Ballet performs its 47th season and boasts a company of 30 classically trained professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close as its home-base of Alberta.

Jean Grand-Maître, the company’s Artistic Director, joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 and has elevated the profile of the organization to a global position. Recently, the company has caught the world’s attention for its ‘portrait ballets’ – collaborations with popular music icons including Joni Mitchell, Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and k.d. lang. Excerpts from Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum were performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where Grand-Maître also acted as Director of Choreography.

Alberta Ballet reaches thousands of Albertans each season from September to May, as well as performs across Canada and internationally. The company invites leading and world-renowned conductors, choreographers, and other guest artists to take part in its seasons.

Current Touring Productions:

Love Lies Bleeding
The undeniable joy of pop-rock meets the breathtaking athleticism of ballet in the sequined spectacle Love Lies Bleeding. Alberta Ballet’s artistic director Jean Grand-Maître conjures a romping and visually spectacular tribute to the work of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Featuring 14 classic songs, this wild and whimsical piece explores the trials, victories, and sacrifices of achieving super stardom with an unforgettable story of rock ‘n’ roll, drama, passion – and above all – love.

Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Lighting Design: Pierre Lavoie
Costume Design: Martine Bertrand
Scenery Design: Guillaume Lord
Video Design: Adam Larsen
Sound Design: Claude Lemelin
Libretto: Jean Grand-Maître

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Featuring the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy traces the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman’s life from first romantic encounter to mature love.

Choreographer: Jean Grand Maître
Music: Sarah McLachlan
Costume Designer: Paul Hardy
Lighting Designer: Pierre Lavoie
Scenery Designer: Scott Reid
Projection Designer: Adam Larsen
Sound Designer: Claude Lemelin
Libretto: Jean Grand Maître

Inspired by and featuring the music of k.d. lang, this contemporary ballet showcases a love story between two women set on the Canadian prairies. This production represents an intimate collaboration between the artist, choreographer, and designers to create a heartfelt portrayal of the voice and the personality that has captivated audiences around the world for almost 30 years.

Choreography: Jean Grand-MaÎtre
Music: k.d. lang
Costume Design: Anne Séguin-Poirier
Set Design: Guillaume Lord
Video Design: Adam Larsen
Sound Design: Claude Lemelin
Lighting Design: Pierre Lavoie


Grand-Maître is at his best, choreographically speaking.The choreography…shimmers in beauty. 
- Paula Citron, The Globe & Mail

The movement flows naturally from the music, capturing abstractly the spiritual yearning it often contains... Lavoie's lighting blends seamlessly with Larson's stunning animated projections. 
- Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star

It was overwhelmingly beautiful to see my music transformed into a physical manifestation of the emotion... it was just really, really beautiful. 
- Sarah McLachlan at the World Premiere of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

It is easy to surrender to the ebbing sea of Alberta Ballet's dancers and Sarah McLachlan's music... the sets, lights and video beautifully combined. 
- Salena Kitteringham, The Edmonton Journal

The many duets show the dancers and Grand-Maitre at their best... Larsen's wonderfully imaginative video projections compliments the ethos of McLachlan's songs... it's a journey we - judging by the enthusiastic applause - were all willing to take.
- Bob Clark, The Calgary Herald