Transport the entire family to 19th century Russia with the magic of this beloved holiday favourite. Set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured score, this spectacular multimillion dollar production delights with glittering sets, lavish costumes, and enchanting dance. Before each show, join us for a wonderland of activities, making your experience SugarPlum-tastic!

Choreographer: Edmund Stripe
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume Designer: Zack Brown
Lighting Designer: Pierre Lavoie
Scenery Designer: Zack Brown
Conductor: Peter Dala
Accompanied by: NAC Orchestra

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"A stunning interpretation of a holiday classic

- Vancouver Sun

Tour Dates

  • Ottawa / December 3-7, 2014 - National Arts Centre, Ottawa 




Following Alberta Ballet’s triumphant tributes to the music of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell and England’s international superstars Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy features the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. This Grammy, Juno and Gemini Award-winning artist, who has sold more than 40 million recordings worldwide and raised more than $7 million for charities, is the perfect continuation to the company’s exciting series of portraits of living music icons. 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

Shimmers in beauty

- The Globe & Mail

Tour Dates

  • Los Angeles, CA / January 24, 2015 - Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA, Los Angeles  Tickets »
  • Escondido, CA / January 25, 2015 - California Center for the Arts, Escondido  Tickets »
  • Palm Desert, CA / January 27, 2015 - McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert  Tickets »


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. A $1.6 million dollar extravaganza, Love Lies Bleeding is a feast for the ears and eyes. This wild and whimsical piece explores the trials, victories, and sacrifices of superstardom with an unforgettable story of rock ‘n’ roll, drama, passion – and above all – love.

Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Costume Design: Martine Bertrand
Lighting Design: Pierre Lavoie
Set Design: Guillaume Lord
Sound Design: Claude Lemelin
Video Projections: Adam Larsen
Flight Assistant: Adrian Young

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a howl of approval at the end of a ballet premiere as I did tonight.”

- The Globe & Mail

Tour Dates

  • Houston, TX / January 30-31, 2015 - Wortham Theater Center, Houston  Tickets »


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