Alberta Ballet Artistic Director, Jean Grand-Maitre, brings this spectacular dance triumph to Alberta stages in Calgary (May 2-5) and Edmonton (May 10-12). Inspired and featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, this wild and poetic contemporary work explores the trials, victories and scarifies of achieving super stardom with an unforgettable story of rock ‘n’ roll, drama, passion, defeat—and above all—LOVE!
Jer’s Vision, Calgary Pride, and altView team members will be at all shows selling commemorative Love Lies Bleeding buttons and collecting donations to fund the first youth-run Alberta conferences to tackle bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia. The team hopes to raise $8000 so that they can engage over 800 youth in conferences and regional workshop programming. The conferences will take place in Edmonton and Calgary in the 2012-2013 school year, and will especially focus on engaging rural youth communities.
“I met Elton in Red Deer 5 days ago and he was so pleased that we would also be raising funds for Jer’s Vision” said Jean Grand-Maitre from the Alberta Ballet. “Elton John did not want the ballet Love Lies Bleeding to be about his triumphs and his enormous success; he preferred that this ballet educate people on the destructive nature of sexual repression and how it lead him to addiction and to numerous suicide attempts. This ballet is a celebration of the extraordinary courage of all young people who assume their differences and who believe in diversity”