The Fiddle and the Drum

In Joni Mitchell’s collaboration with Alberta Ballet, the veteran Canadian folk rocker supplies the music and scenic design for The Fiddle and the Drum. With choreography by Jean Grand-Maître, the program primarily concerns environmental themes: Think of it as a condensed, danced version of An Inconvenient Truth, without Al Gore doing his wonky PowerPoint thing. Mitchell samples her back catalog, including “Sex Kills” and “Big Yellow Taxi,” in a work that’s been expanded to 14 songs since its 2007 premiere. Antiwar sentiments also run through the two-act ballet, an excerpt of which was just performed to help open the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. Ever the idealist, yearning for a better world, Mitchell is expected to attend tonight’s performance and conduct a Q&A. T. BOND

Tue., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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