The Fiddle And The Drum opens countdown to 2010 Olympics

The Alberta Ballet issued a press release today announcing that an excerpt of Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum will be performed at the Cultural Olympiad 2009, the official event that kicks off the countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The event will take place on February 12, 2009, and will also include performances by Sarah McLachlan, Joel Plaskett and Adrian Anantawan.

Click through for the full press release:

Alberta Ballet Once Again Makes Headlines on the World Stage

   CALGARY, Nov. 4 - Alberta Ballet is proud to announce that it will
once again showcase its unique talents on the international stage. An excerpt
from its groundbreaking ballet Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum has
been commissioned for performance to kick off the one-year countdown to the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Having a ballet company perform at the
same event as Canadian music personalities Sarah McLachlan, Joel Plaskett and
Adrian Anantawan is a rare and exciting occurrence. Alberta Ballet is proud to
enthrall a broader audience than ever before, proving to the world that it is
truly a progressive and classically talented company.
    The Cultural Olympiad 2009 countdown event, taking place February 12,
2009, is a celebration of Canada's best creative talent. Alberta Ballet
company artists will perform a portion of Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The
Drum, an innovative and unique collaboration between Canadian music icon Joni
Mitchell and Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. In 2007,
Mitchell and Grand-Maître joined forces to create an exhilarating and
emotional production blending Mitchell's music and art with Grand-Maître's
choreography. Their resulting collaboration yielded a ballet exploring the
human spirit's potential to create and destroy; its ability to love and hate;
its capacity for war and peace. Since its world-premiere in Alberta, Joni
Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum has enjoyed a sold-out theatre screening in
New York City, a national television broadcast and dozens of rave reviews.
    "Alberta Ballet's participation in the one-year countdown concert
eloquently expresses our organization's continued growth on the national and
international scene," says Grand-Maître, "We will be proud ambassadors of our
province once again before the eyes of the world. Our unique repertoire will
be showcased alongside such luminaries as Sarah McLachlan during a gala
performance highlighting the most exciting and artistically adventurous
creations this country has to offer."

    About Alberta Ballet:

    Alberta Ballet, a not-for-profit organization, is Canada's third-largest
ballet company. Since its formation in 1966, with its cutting-edge repertoire
and talent, Alberta Ballet is at the forefront of national and international
stages. Considered one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his
generation, Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître has built a rich repertoire
that includes the ballets of such masters as George Balanchine and Rudi van
Dantzig, as well as, original works; including the critically acclaimed Joni
Mitchell's The Fiddle & The Drum, a collaboration with legendary music artist
Joni Mitchell.

For further information: Media Contacts: Samantha Garner, Marketing and
Communications Coordinator, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 529, E:
samanthag@albertaballet.com; Gail Helmer, Director of Marketing and
Communications, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 545, E: gailh@albertaballet.com

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