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For Immediate Release

November 23, 2009. Toronto ON. . .Ballet Jörgen Canada is pleased to announce the return of the Company’s newest full-length ballet, the Group of Seven Nutcracker, for the holiday season.  As part of its Ontario-wide tour, the Company will present one Toronto performance at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on December 18, 2009.

Ballet Jörgen Canada premiered the Group of Seven Nutcracker, a new Canadian version of the holiday classic, in the 2008-2009 season to overwhelming public praise and critical acclaim.  A quintessential Canadian work, this national treasure will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Born from collaboration with Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the production features backdrops from Canadian 20th Century landscape artists Franklin Carmichael (Church and Houses at Bisset, 1931), Tom Thomson (Snow in the Woods, 1916) and L.L FitzGerald (Trees and Wildflowers, 1922).  From a wintery schoolhouse in Bisset, Ontario in 1912, to the lush summer wetlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, audiences are taken on a grand journey with immigrant Klara and the Nutcracker Prince as they experience Canadian landscapes filled with snowflakes, Mounties, and charming woodland creatures.

In addition to the Company, the cast includes a 12-member youth cast, consisting of the Toronto Youth Cast as well as more experienced youth from the Youth Touring Cast.  In this tradition of education and outreach, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Group of Seven Nutcracker Youth Outreach Program gives young aspiring dancers from age 8 to 18 the opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage with the Company.

The Group of Seven Nutcracker production credits and performance information are as follows:

Bengt Jörgen
P.I. Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design          
Sue LePage
Lighting Design
Bonnie Beecher

Ballet Jörgen Canada presents Group of Seven Nutcracker
Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto
Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8 PM
$35 & $45/under 30 years of age & groups of 10 or more $20
Tickets available at UofTtix Box Office, open Mon-Fri 11am-5pm in Hart House, University of Toronto; by phone at 416 978-8849; and online at uofttix.ca

The Group of Seven Nutcracker was made possible with the generous support of Ann and Lyman Henderson.   This production was created in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.    Additional support for this performance of the Group of Seven Nutcracker comes from KPMG.   The Group of Seven Nutcracker Youth Outreach Program is sponsored by Scotiabank Group with additional support from George Weston Ltd.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor 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:
Christine Harris | Marketing & Development Coordinator | Ballet Jörgen Canada
416 415-5000 x2886 | marketing@balletjorgen.ca | www.balletjorgencanada.ca