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Alberta Ballet offers UCalgary special rate for Alice in Wonderland performance

Exclusive ticket price and other benefits offered as both ballet company and university celebrate their 50th anniversaries

Alice falls down a rabbit hole and into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures with human-like traits. Artists: Laetitia Clement, Reid Bartelme. Photos courtesy Ivan Karabobaliev, Alberta Ballet

By Holly Kerr
February 7, 2017

The University of Calgary is celebrating UCalgary Evening with Alberta Ballet, one of the special activities being offered as both UCalgary and Alberta Ballet mark our milestone 50th years.

Our UCalgary community, including alumni, will enjoy a 25-per-cent reduction on tickets for performances of the classic story Alice In Wonderland, being performed in Calgary at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 17, and in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 24 and 25.

In addition to sharing a landmark anniversary this year, the university and ballet company also have a partnership whose focus is to study reduction and prevention of dancer injury.

“We are proud of our partnership with Alberta Ballet, one of Canada’s artistic treasures,” says Diane Kenyon, vice-president of University Relations. “Not only do we share 50 years of success and growth in our community this year, we are one of only five partnerships of this kind in the world. We look forward to seeing the production of Alice in Wonderland, and to many more collaborative opportunities with Alberta Ballet as we both embark on our next 50 years.” 

Alice in Wonderland – tickets for UCalgary community

Choreographer Edmund Stripe’s critically lauded version of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale will draw you in to a world of fantasy populated by peculiar creatures with human-like traits. Colourful sets and costumes abound as Alice weaves her way through Wonderland with flowers coming to life and rabbits that are perpetually late.

In Calgary, attendees at this special event will also be treated to showcases in the lobby, co-presented by Alberta Ballet and UCalgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology, Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and the Momentum Health Physiotherapy Clinic. Activities will highlight the ways in which dance intersects with science and will share with patrons how professional ballet dancers build their strength and flexibility to perform spectacular choreography. 

Ticket purchasers in Calgary will be automatically entered into a draw to take a backstage tour and peek behind the scenes of this fascinating production; winners will be contacted directly. 

The UCalgary community, including alumni, can purchase tickets for Alberta Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland online and enter promo code: UOFCALICE25. Tickets — which are anticipated to sell out quickly — are available for purchase now until March 17 for the Calgary performance and until March 25 for the Edmonton performance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Unique partnership formed to study reduction and prevention of dancer injury

The basis for the dance-science partnership between UCalgary and Alberta Ballet — the only such partnership in North America — is a commitment by both organizations to reduce injury and promote preventive health for dance. A well-regarded, multidisciplinary research team has been assembled to address the challenges:

  • lead physician, Dr. Arun Gupta who teaches in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine
  • the Momentum Health Physiotherapy Clinic, providers of clinical support
  • UCalgary dance-science PhD candidate, Sarah Kenny, is completing her doctoral research into injury prevention in pre-professional dancers with students at the School of Alberta Ballet, under the guidance of Dr. Carolyn Emery. Kenny is lending her specific dance-science expertise to the research team and is supporting the discussion of possible research projects in the Faculty of Kinesiology, with the support of Dean Penny Werthner.

The research team is exploring several potential areas of research, including:

  • chronic fatigue and overtraining 
  • differences in bone mineral density between dancers and other athletes
  • sociocultural perspectives on dance 

UCalgary’s academic leadership in the field of dance 

In addition to the university’s unique research partnership with Alberta Ballet, the combined Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Kinesiology degree is the first of its kind in Canada emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of movement, and promoting a holistic paradigm when considering human movement. Students take five years to complete two degrees, graduating with a strong foundation in both science and arts.