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It's Likely ''Love Lies Bleeding'' Ballet Will Tour Outside Canada

Thursday 19 May 2011 @ 17:01 - GMT

Love Lies Bleeding, the Alberta Ballet production featuring Elton and Bernie Taupin's compositions, has tour dates set in Vancouver and Toronto in 2011 and returns to Calgary and Edmonton in 2012. It debuted in Calgary in May 2010.

Marketing manager Juliet Burgess told the CBC that the company also has ambitions to tour in Europe and Asia in part to recoup some of the $1.5-million cost of creating the new ballet.

"We're pitching it to the world," she said. "We would love to perform in the U.S. and the UK, and have approached ballet companies about producing it."

Burgess says much is resting on the Toronto performance of the ballet, which is being brought to the city's largest theatre the Sony Centre by Mirvish Productions. It will play in Toronto November 8 to 13.

"We hope that it will get great reviews there and that could lead to more dates overseas," she said.

Elton first approached the ballet company's artistic director Jean Grand-Maître after seeing his choreography set to the music of Joni Mitchell  in  The Fiddle and the Drum.

He approved a tour for Love Lies Bleeding last year, after seeing it on DVD.