BJC09/10 Media Release No. 13

February 4, 2010.  Toronto, OntarioBengt Jörgen, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Jörgen Canada, is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the creation of a one-act ballet for children and youth.

The company will accept proposals from choreographers, composers, designers and creative artists for the creation of a one act, 45-minute long ballet for young people aged 6 to 12. This new work must challenge the imagination of children, telling a story through dynamic movement, inspiring audiences and providing an artistic learning experience. Canadian stories or works with a strong connection to Canada will be of particular interest but not an absolute requirement.  Relevance and connection to The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-6, will be sought. An innovative use of technology will also be of interest.

The creative period for this new children’s ballet will start in April 2010.  The commissioned artists will work together in a collaborative team which will include a dramaturge and dance artists who are familiar with working with children.  Included in the creative team will be a choreographer, composer, costume & set designer(s) and dramaturge. The creative period with dancers will take place during August and September 2010 and the work will première in October 2010.

Proposals should consist of a one-page proposal outlining ideas for this new work including why the work should be created. Applications should also include an up-to-date CV and they can be emailed to Clea Iveson at outreach@balletjorgen.ca with Children’s Ballet Proposal in the subject line, no later than February 15, 2010 at 5 pm.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humour and beauty, Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works.  With over two decades of innovation in creating opportunities for Canadian choreographers and engagement with communities in outreach and educational activities, Ballet Jörgen Canada remains true to the vision of its founders, Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie.  Ballet Jörgen Canada’s educational activities range from its long-time collaboration with George Brown College in Toronto to elementary school programming that brings ballet to children across the country.  In addition, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s annual touring brings ballet performances to over 50,000 people from coast to coast in Canada and northern USA, sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.  With a ‘hub’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and centres in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ballet Jörgen Canada is truly Canada’s Local Ballet Company.

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For more information, contact:
Frances Shakov | General Manager | Ballet Jörgen Canada
416-415-5000 x 2866 | generalmanager@balletjorgen.ca | www.balletjorgencanada.ca