Dangerous Liaisons

An erotic thriller




Oct 25-28 incl. Sat matinee

Nov 3-4


Based on Choderlos de Laclos’ 18th century novel, Dangerous Liaisons will take its audiences into one of the most emotionally destructive dramas ever told. 

Originally created for the National Norwegian Ballet in September of 2000, and receiving its Canadian premiere in the fall of 2004, Grand-Maître has re-choreographed his ballet for the larger stage of the Jubilee Auditorium to take full advantage of the panoramic space. 


“These amazing individuals I work with daily in the studio have inspired and allowed me to push my creativity further in telling this intricate story of lust, seduction and revenge,” states Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. To tell the complexities of this erotic thriller Grand-Maître has created two distinct worlds on stage. One world presents dancers in full Louis XIV costumes portraying the manipulative manners, and the court intrigue of the period. The other world has dancers in sensual costumes interpreting the uncontrollable sexual desires and emotions of the corseted characters. When the two worlds collide onstage, dangerous weapons of psychological warfare take over. 


Spoken lines have been woven into the dramatic soundtrack, as theatre and ballet fuse together in a dizzying sensuous spell. The soundtrack, created by Claude Lemelin, includes music by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars and Giya Kancheli. The acclaimed design team for Dangerous Liaisons includes Martine Bertrand, Costume Design; Guillaume Lord, Set Design; and Pierre Lavoie, Lighting Design.


Alberta Ballet is thrilled to announce that One Yellow Rabbit's Denise Clarke O.C. will perform the role of La Marquise de Merteuil, one of French literature's most evil and infamous female roles.



Jean-Grand Maître


David Hykes 

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Giya Kancheli

John Weinzweig

René Eespere

Lepo Sumera

Arvo Pärt

Peteris Vasks

Erkki-Sven Tüür Peter Skulthorpe 

Gavin Bryars


Spoken lines have been woven into the dramatic soundtrack, as theatre and ballet fuse together in a dizzying sensuous spell. 


Dangerous Liaisons has raised the art of ballet — and Alberta Ballet — to a new level of storytelling.
— Calgary Herald