Advance Release

June 10, 2009. Toronto Ontario… This August, Ballet Jörgen Canada will launch its 2009-2010 season with the third annual Ballet in the Park, a fun, free, family-friendly event that brings classical ballet to the outdoors.  Amidst the weeping willows and the serene beauty of the Humber River, Ballet in the Park presents five performances at Etienne Brulé Park, from August 20 to 22, 2009.

Evening performances will feature the innovative contemporary ballet, Coppélia.  This whimsical presentation begins when Dr. Coppélius creates a beautiful life-sized dancing doll.  The comedic love story unfolds with local villager Nathanael becoming so infatuated with the doll that he casts aside his sweetheart Klara, who enacts her revenge by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life.

The young people’s production The Emperor’s New Clothes is a delightfully humorous retelling of the well-loved Hans Christian Andersen classic tale and has played to over 62,000 young people in schools, parks and intimate auditorium settings. This short ballet takes place during the daytime and it is an excellent introduction to ballet for little ones.

“Watching Ballet in the Park is one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to attend a ballet.  Comfortable, relaxed and a lot of fun, this is one of the highlights of the summer season, “ said Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen of the event format.

Audiences are encouraged to bring a chair (seating is open lawn and is first come, first served) and experience ballet in a summer event that is not to be missed!

Ballet in the Park
Etienne Brulé Park
The Kingsway & Old Mill Rd. (Old Mill Subway Station)
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, August 20 – 7:00 PM
Friday, August 21 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 22 – 7:00 PM

The Emperor’s New Clothes (A Ballet for Young People)
Friday, August 21 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, August 22 – 4:00 PM

Ballet in the Park is made possible by generous support from the Bank of Montreal and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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 the USA, sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.  With a ‘hub’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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 | |