In collaboration with Jean Grand-Maître, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet, world-renowned singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell gives passionate expression to her lifelong concern with the issues of conflict, violence and humanity’s continuing devastation of the environment.
The contemporary follies of mankind, from our aggressive and warring nature to the seemingly unstoppable destruction of our environment, are studied through the interactive use of Joni Mitchell's music and visual art and Grand-Maître's semi-abstract choreography.
At times the dancers give life to some of the characters depicted in her lyrics and in her artwork. At other times they work in counterpoint, abstractly illustrating our fragile potential for the creation of beauty which, hopefully, mankind is still capable of.
Performed by the Alberta Ballet, Joni Mitchell's poetic metaphors – in her music and her artwork – serve as a setting for this ballet. Its primary inspiration is Mitchell’s 1985 album Dog Eat Dog, but the score also includes new songs.
The Fiddle and The Drum was performed as part of The National Ballet of Canada's mixed programme including the second detail & Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan & Etudes.
Produced by Alberta Ballet in association with The National Ballet of Canada