November 9, 2011
Reviewed by Paula Citron
Love Lies Bleeding
Presented by David Mirvish and Corey Ross
Choreography by Jean Grand-Maître
Music by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Starring Yukichi Hattori
Nov. 8 to 12, 2011
In his opening speech at Love Lies Bleeding, choreographer Jean Grand-Maître told the audience to pretend they were at a rock concert.
Grand-Maître wants his Alberta Ballet to tour the world, and this piece set to the songs of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin is, he hopes, his path to glory. The ballet is a celebration of the life and times of John Every song is a mini-production of its own.
Since the ballet’s debut in May, 2010, Grand-Maître has seriously reworked Love Lies Bleeding by cutting the length of the production numbers. The cuts make for a more cohesive, even poignant, second half.
The choreography is a blingy, audience-friendly mix of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and Broadway. It is one long music video. For purists, Love Lies Bleeding is also ballet lite.
In short, Love Lies Bleeding is commercial entertainment. If it attracts a wide audience, good for Grand-Maître and Alberta Ballet.
Love Lies Bleeding continues at the Sony Centre until Nov. 12.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New Classical 96.3 FM.