Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | Edmonton, Alberta
To be or not to be? On Saturday, 24th February, this question will be answered as the Alberta Ballet Welcomes the Beijing Dance Theatre in Hamlet at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium! Next spring, the top ballet performance of the decade is coming to Canada to take you on a trip down the Renaissance period with complex literary characters that the world has come to adore. Showcasing China’s most talented stage artists, the Beijing Dance Theater takes on the challenge to adapt a Shakespearean masterpiece live! Featuring world-class choreographer Yuanyuan Wang, one of China’s leading dancers, along with an original score by Dirk Haubrich - the production produces a riveting contemporary ballet, completing the richness of this profound reimagination. It would be a waste not to be at this top-notch Edmonton theater venue to see the conflicted prince’s tragic story come to life! Reserve those seats as tickets go on sale now!
Playing for two consecutive nights in Canada exclusively, the Alberta Ballet Welcomes the Beijing Dance Theatre in Hamlet! See this reimagined version of the Shakespeare play from Friday, February 23rd to Saturday, February 24th, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Directed by artistic director and choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, the Beijing Dance Theater was founded fifteen years ago. As a pioneer in forging cultural alliances that showcase China's top stage performers, the group has solidified its dominance on China's dance stage with breathtaking and unparalleled dance works working with famous directors, composers, and visual artists.
Commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the group first performed Golden Lotus to critical acclaim, followed by Wild Grass, which played in Suzhou, Shanghai, Germany, and back to BAM’s Next Wave Festival and The Kennedy Center during the same year.
This time, the world-class dancers have expertly intertwined the complex story of love, retribution, and madness in the famous Hamlet. The ballet form's fluidity masterfully captures every emotion, from the famous soliloquies to the devastating confrontations in the play.
Wang’s powerful interpretation of the play keeps you riveted for the duration of the production, especially with the spiritual journey of the tortured prince. “It’s a struggle to reconcile opposing impulses, all under the set that hovers like a low-hanging cloud or rocky outcropping, light flickering across its surface, as though it were animated by supernatural lightning,” the Dallas Magazine shares in a recent article.
During a Q&A session after the performance, Wang was interviewed and asked where she would locate the “to be or not to be” speech in the dance piece. She answered that there is no particular singular moment and that it is the main question or theme pondered during the entire ballet.
When it comes to seeing the top theatrical performances in Canada, you can't go wrong by going to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium! It’s true that the stage at Edmonton recreates the eerie beauty of Elsinore Castle using dramatic lighting and haunting music that gives viewers a true sense of the Renaissance era.
Clear your calendars for the eve of February 24th next year, as Alberta Ballet hosts the highly-praised Beijing Dance production of "Hamlet”! Secure those tickets without delay!