Love Lies Bleeding

May 6, 2016

After seeing a sneak preview of Alberta Ballet’s Love Lies Bleeding during the Calgary Stampede GrandStand Show, I immediately went home and marked its opening date my calendar.

Love Lies Bleeding Calgary Stampede Alberta Ballet

And last night, that date had arrived! 

Inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin; the show is everything you’d expect from the ‘over the top’ musical royalty.

Leather studded thongs, feathers, rhinestones and glitter raining down from the heavens!

Love Lies Bleeding Alberta Ballet Stuart Gradon calgaryherald
During the evening the company showed off their traditional & contemporary dance skills as they performed to popular songs like Benny and the Jets, Rocket Man and Saturday Night’s Alright.

But with its wild scened performances, Love Lies Bleeding was certainly as far from a classical ballet as you could get. 

And after a muscular boy on boy duet, which included the men swinging from a large silver sword, I was confident that I could compare this ballet to that of a exceptionally high profile Las Vegas show.

Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB.: MAY 5, 2010 -- The dress rehearsal of the Alberta Ballet's production of Love Lies Bleeding at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald) (For Entertainment story by Bob Clark) 00027207A

With a dash of ‘Kinky Boots’ and a hint of ‘Cirque’, this show was a mixed recipe of unbelievable amazingness!

You won’t believe it until you see it!

Here are 5 solid reasons you need to see this show!

  • The talented Company
  • The Costumes
  • The Music
  • The Drag Queen … AND
  • A Floating ‘Elton’ indulging in a line of blow!

Trust me, this is a Ballet unlike any other you’ll ever see!!

Bravo Alberta Ballet!

Mr. Fab allet

Remaining Show Dates:
Calgary May 6-7
Edmonton 13-14

(above photos graciously borrowed from Stuart Gradon/

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