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Alberta Ballet names upcoming work 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy'

Alberta Ballet has confirmed it will call its upcoming ballet based on music by Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, borrowing the term from the Vancouver-based musician's 1993 album.

"Because that's a little bit how I choreograph," Alberta Ballet artistic director and Fumbling choreographer Jean Grand-Maître told The Globe and Mail during a previous interview. "It's not always graceful. It's people looking for grace, fumbling towards that grace."

The ballet will feature a mix of songs from McLachlan's repertoire, including Into the Fire, Building a Mystery, Ice Cream, Hold On, Ben's Song, Dawn to the Rhythm, Bring on the Wonder, Vox, Ice, Illusions of Bliss, Good Enough, Mary and the title song.

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Alberta Ballet says the ballet will be dedicated to "all women with a story, a struggle, a history."

Grand-Maître has previously choreographed ballets to the music of Elton John and Joni Mitchell.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy will have its world premiere in Calgary May 5.

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