Members of the Alberta Ballet bring their production of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy to the stage of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 3.

Members of the Alberta Ballet bring their production of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy to the stage of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 3.

Ballet troupe fumbling towards ecstasy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy brings poetry in motion to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Alberta Ballet, among Canada’s largest ballet companies, combines choreography with the music of Sarah McLachlan, one of Canada’s most loved singer/songwriters.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy brings poetry in motion to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Alberta Ballet is renowned worldwide for its exquisite portrayal of classical ballets and contemporary pieces,” said Brian van Wensem, audience development co- ordinator for the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

“This incredible company last performed for Vernon in 2010 when they brought Joni Mitchell’s Fiddle and the Drum. They are now set to return boasting a full company of 32 dancers for their latest pop-fusion ballet featuring the songbook of McLachlan.”

After the tremendous success of collaborating with Mitchell and Elton John, and choreographing the 2010 Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies, Jean Grand-Maître, artistic director of 11 years, is earning more glowing reviews with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

“Alberta Ballet takes us on the deeply spiritual odyssey of every woman as she traces life and love from first encounter to full maturity, all set to the backdrop of McLachlan’s best-loved hits including Angel, Ice, Hold On, Good Enough and Ice Cream,” said van Wensem.

“This well-seasoned and technically trained classical ballet company takes us on a triumphant journey through the use of the soulful ballads of our own struggles, triumphs and relationships.  Experience the magic of Alberta Ballet while the music of McLachlan leads us down our own personal path of discovery, soul-searching and spirit finding.”

Tickets are on sale now at $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students. A master class with Alberta Ballet will be offered for dance students Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) for more information. Discounts available for members of the Performing Arts Centre Society.