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Alberta Ballet: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

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Sarah McLachlan's pas de deux with the Alberta ballet


“I was trying to hold back my tears … it was just so emotional,” McLachlan said after the short rehearsal. “That performance was so beautiful and Jean the whole time was saying, ‘You know this is just the beginning and it’s only half-way done.’ And I’m like, ‘Shut up. This is so gorgeous.’ ”


The ballet, Grand-Maître’s latest set to pop music, explores a woman’s life – not McLachlan’s, specifically, but the life of an Everywoman developed by the choreographer in consultation with the 43-year-old singer.


The two met in rehearsal for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics last year; Grand-Maître choreographed McLachlan’s number. A couple of weeks later, at the intermission of the Vancouver premiere of Grand-Maître’s Joni Mitchell ballet, The Fiddle and The Drum, he cornered McLachlan and asked if she would consider letting him choreograph a ballet to her songs.


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