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‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Takes on Sir Elton John’s Life and Times Through Dance
April 7, 2012
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Sir Elton John has inspired other artists to tell his story. There's talk of a Hollywood biopic in the works, but the Alberta Ballet has created a unique take on the material: an acclaimed dance performance called 'Love Lies Bleeding', which airs this Monday, April 9 at 9 pm on CBC.

The dance piece was created by Canadian choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre, and it explores the life and times of Sir Elton through semi-abstract ballet set to 14 of the songs that he wrote with musical collaborator Bernie Taupin. According to the website, "Love Lies Bleeding will offer audiences an unadorned portrayal of the trials, the triumphs and the painful sacrifices made to attain and maintain the status of super stardom".

The televised version of the piece also features illuminating introductions to each performance by Jian Ghomeshi, and it was shot by director Moze Mossanen, who said he "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".

Choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre was on the show a while back telling us his Best Story Ever. Check it out below:

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