May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Alberta Ballet

Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum

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Dance Contemporary
“Choreographer Jean Grand-Maître doesn’t just make contemporary ballet accessible. He makes it thrilling.” Gail Johnson, The Georgia Straight, 2010

NAC Presentation

Danced to the soulful music of treasured singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, The Fiddle and the Drum was the first in Alberta Ballet’s popular series of portrait ballets. For this beautiful contemporary ballet, Mitchell chose 14 of her more powerful songs to be illuminated by the captivating choreography of artistic director Jean Grand-Maître. With her celebrated imagery as scenic design, the remarkable athleticism of the company’s dancers will astound you. Part social commentary, part celebration, this is one work you will not want to miss on its 10th anniversary tour. 

Did you know:  Mitchell invested her talents in designing the sets, the video installation, and the libretto. The soundtrack includes three songs written expressly for the ballet. 

Performance is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes including intermission

video: Alberta Ballet - Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum
Alberta Ballet - Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum
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  • Featuring Alberta Ballet
  • Artistic Director, Choreographer Jean Grand-Maître
  • Singer, Songwriter, and Visual Designer Joni Mitchell
  • Associate Artistic Director Christopher Anderson
  • Associate Artistic Director Robert Ivison
  • Costume Designer Pamela Kaye
  • Resident Lighting Designer Pierre Lavoie
  • Ballet Mistress Christiana Bennett
  • Dancers Kira Anderson, Eli Barnes, Brittany Broussard, John Canfield. Jason Cao, Gabrielle Chenard, Tanya Chumak, Zacharie Dun, Melissa Eguchi, Alexandra Gibson, Jennifer Gibson, Garrett Groat, Hayna Gutierrez, Scotto Hamed-Ramos, Seira Iwamoto, Mariko Kondo, Alan Ma, Kelley McKinlay, Reilley McKinlay, Sayuri Nakanii, Taryn Nowels, Hikaru Osakabe, Allison Perhach, Liam Reid, Kuu Sakuragi, Yoshiya Sakurai, Luna Sasaki, William Sheriff Jr., Heather Thomas, Laura Vande Zande, Mayim Stiller