Ballet Jörgen Canada Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Unique Canadian Re-visioning of SWAN LAKE

August 23, 2012


Saturday, November 3rd at Hamilton Place

Award-winning Dance Company launches 2012-13 Season by Dancing through 7 Provinces, 33 cities coast-to-coast

Hamilton ON – (August 23, 2012) – On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada brings Swan Lake to Hamilton Place as part of the award-winning dance company’s 25th Anniversary coast-to-coast tour through seven provinces and New York state.

To celebrate Ballet Jörgen Canada’s 25th Anniversary Season, artistic director and CEO Bengt Jörgen has re-visioned the classical and dramatic Swan Lake, adding a hint of Canadian heritage as is often a sign of his work.  While this major new production of Swan Lake showcases the extraordinary beauty of traditional ballet in its purest form, Jörgen re-imagines it in the picturesque seascape of the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Swan Lake’s elaborate sets are designed by Camellia Koo, reflecting the beauty of Canada’s national heritage park and giving a dramatic backdrop to Robert Doyle’s 17th century costume designs.

“This will be the first time since 2005 that Ballet Jörgen Canada has performed in Hamilton, and I am delighted to be able to bring this work to Hamilton Place and to be able to do it with the kind of incredible dancers that we have.  Swan Lake has an evocative and inspiring quality that makes it a pleasure and beauty to work on, and I’m excited about transferring that feeling to the people watching it,” said Bengt Jörgen

Ballet Jörgen Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of the Michael Young Family Foundation in making the Swan Lake production possible.  Swan Lake is presented by BMO Financial Group with additional support from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Ontario Arts Council.

Ballet Jörgen Canada has brought ballet to over 40,000 people in every region of Canada in addition to northern United States, through the generous support of individual donors and partner organizations including Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, BMO Financial Group, RBC, Aeroplan, TD-Canada Trust, Scotiabank and CIBC.

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For more information, photos, and video footage or to arrange for an interview, please contact Allyson Wenzowski, Publicity Works at awenzowski1@cogeco.ca, 905-379-7353.