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October 13, 2009
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Ballet in the Studio – October 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Intensive Workshop – November 1 at 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Solos & Duets  – November 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to Halifax with a week of local programming this fall, including two performances of new work by local choreographers, and a special Ballet Intensive Workshop led by Company dancers.

Ballet in the Studio (B.I.T.S.) will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts (6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax).  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for student and seniors, with a special group rate of $10 for groups of six or more students from dance schools.

The performance features a work by Halifax choreographer Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson (Happiness is an Inch Closer), Swedish Songs by Ballet Jörgen Canada founder Bengt Jörgen, and also excerpts from his Cinderella which will be performed in full at Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Theater on April 14, 2010.

You can purchase tickets by emailing info@balletjorgen.ca, or call (902) 422-5403 to make a reservation.

The Ballet Intensive Workshop will take place on Sunday, November 1 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Halifax Dance (1505 Barrington Street, Halifax).  Advance registration is required.  The cost is $60 +HST and includes lunch.  Registration forms can be downloaded from www.balletjorgencanada.ca.  Please submit forms to outreach@balletjorgen.ca or call (416) 415-5000, ext. 4928.

Local choreographers Susan Cook, Veronique Mackenzie, Georgia Rondos, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson and Sara Harrigan will be featured at a special performance of Solos and Duets, a performance of short new work, on Sunday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m., directly after the Ballet Intensive Workshop at Halifax Dance. Free for Ballet Intensive Workshop participants, the performance is a Pay What You Can at the door.

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 and it is truly a local ballet company for Atlantic Canada.  Bringing the ballet experience to audiences in the region for over 15 years, Ballet Jörgen Canada has become much more than a company that tours here from afar: it is becoming a part of the fabric of arts & culture in our region through not only their large-stage performances, but also through their school programs and community outreach.   Since the formal establishment of the Atlantic ‘hub’ headquartered in Halifax and supported by a local cadre of committed and passionate dance enthusiasts, Ballet Jörgen Canada continues to reach thousands of Atlantic Canadians each year through elementary school performances, workshops, residencies, master classes and major cultural events such as the world premieres of two full-length ballets: Anastasia and The Group of Seven Nutcracker.

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Ballet Jörgen (PRONOUNCED YOR-GEN) Canada returns to Halifax with its B.I.T.S. program – Ballet in the Studio – at the Lilian Piercy Concert Hall of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Featured works include Happiness is an Inch Closer by Halifax choreographer Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Swedish Songs by Ballet Jörgen Canada founder Bengt Jörgen, as well as excerpts from his work Cinderella.  To reserve tickets, please call (902) 422-5403, or email info@balletjorgen.ca.  The company will also lead a Ballet Intensive Workshop at Halifax Dance on Sunday, November 1 from 9:15 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $60 +HST and includes lunch, and you can register online at www.balletjorgencanada.ca for that and send your form to outreach@balletjorgen.ca or call (416) 415-5000, ext. 4928.   A performance of short new work by local choreographers follows at 2:30 p.m. Free for Workshop participants, the performance is a Pay What You Can at the door.  That’s Ballet Jörgen Canada, in Halifax October 29 at the Maritime Conservatory, and leading a ballet intensive workshop on November 1 at Halifax Dance.

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For more information, photos, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Peggy Walt, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion
pwalt@eastlink.ca, (902) 422-5403