'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy' dress rehearsal bares magnificence

A select few had the privilege to see an afternoon rehearsal of Alberta Ballet's production of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Director's Cut set to the music of beloved Canadian singer, songwriter and musician Sarah McLachlan on Feb. 11. The show was open to the public Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

With new songs being added from McLachlan's latest album, the dress rehearsal took place in front of a small audience of approximately 50 people. The goal was to create the most authentic live setting as possible for the dancers before they took the stage in front of a paying audience. McLachlan unfortunately could not attend the show because she was in Australia, but that did not dismay the dancers in the least.

Though some pauses were taken to fix lights to the perfect spots and create vibrancy, dancers stretched out fingers as far as feasible, and pointed toes straighter than it seemed possible for the average human — it was a performance that put tears in the audience's eyes.

From beginning to end, the show invokes non-stop mental emotion generated from the physical emotion, the moves and bends of the dancers, which are an elevating parallel to the melody.

It is clear why the performance continues to grow and has made its way to Edmonton for two nights, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.