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LOVE LIES BLEEDING, Alberta Ballet's acclaimed journey through dance into the life and music of Sir Elton John, comes to CBC Television on Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

Created by Canada's renowned choreographer Jean Grand-Maître for Alberta Ballet, this wild and spectacular television adaptation is presented through the eyes of an adoring fan. LOVE LIES BLEEDING explores the victories, trials and sacrifices of a unique musical phenomenon whose intensity, melancholia and sheer force of will influenced the world of music and inspired compassion and joy in millions of people.

"Directed by one of Canada's finest dance directors Moze Mossanen, featuring Alberta Ballet, and shot at the magnificent Banff Centre, Love Lies Bleeding is an incredible collaboration that demonstrates how arts programming can be reinvented for a television audience by working side-by-side with Canada's arts community," said Julie Bristow, CBC's executive director of studio and unscripted programming. "We are thrilled to bring this provocative and inspiring piece of art to our CBC audience."

Illuminating introductions into the performances are offered by Jian Ghomeshi, writer, musician and host of CBC Radio One's Q.  The film provides a rare and unadorned insight into the challenging trials and triumphs of one of the world's most outspoken, engaging and influential musical icons--all seen through the beauty and majesty of ballet.

"I had long admired the work of Jean Grand-Maître, and the challenge of bringing together popular music and contemporary ballet was something that I had long cherished," said director Moze Mossanen. "I did not want to shoot the ballet in a documentary style where the dance is captured from the stage. Instead, I wanted to place the work within a more filmic world that would heighten the drama while yet respecting the theatrical foundation of the piece."

LOVE LIES BLEEDING was produced by White Iron Inc., directed by Moze Mossanen and choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître for Alberta Ballet.


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