Alberta Ballet inks deal with Elton John

Two years after teaming up with Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell to create an anti-war show based on her music, the Alberta Ballet is collaborating with another music legend.

EDMONTON — Two years after teaming up with Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell to create an anti-war show based on her music, the Alberta Ballet is collaborating with another music legend.

The dance company on Tuesday announced a partnership with pop icon Elton John to stage a “contemporary semi-abstract ballet” that features his hits and portrays his “challenges and triumphs.”

Simply called Elton, the show is being created by the ballet’s artistic director, Jean Grand-Maitre, who also staged Mitchell’s production, The Fiddle and the Drum.

“I was enthralled and inspired with The Fiddle and the Drum and I am looking forward to seeing what Jean and the Alberta Ballet will create with my music,” John said in a release.

Elton is slated to debut in May 2010 in Calgary and Edmonton.

Other highlights of the ballet’s 2009-10 season announced Tuesday include a tour of Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum across British Columbia and the western United States.

The B.C. tour kicks off Jan. 19, 2010, in Vernon.

The U.S. dates aren’t confirmed yet.

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