“Cinderella casts a magic spell”   The Chronicle Herald

March 18, 2010.  Halifax, NS… Bengt Jorgen, Artistic Director & CEO, is pleased to announce that Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to Halifax with its stellar production of Cinderella on Wednesday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre (www.artscentre.dal.ca).  Tickets range from $22 to $47.50 with discounts for seniors and students, and a special group rate of 20% off any price for groups of six at any price level, including dance school students. Call the Cohn toll free at 1-800-874-1669 to order, or 494-3820 in Halifax (Box Office hours: Monday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m.).

Cinderella is an original ballet choreographed and created by Bengt Jörgen who makes a return stage appearance as the nasty step-mother. Having recently returned from Western Canada where this sparkling production received rave reviews and played to sold out houses, Ballet Jörgen Canada now heads to Atlantic Canada as part of its 2010 National Tour, including stops in St. John’s (March 22), Corner Brook (March 25), Stephenville (March 27), Grand Falls (March 29), Gander (March 31), Summerside (April 3), Saint John (April 6), Glace Bay (April 8) and Wolfville (April 11).

While on tour, Ballet Jörgen Canada will continue with its popular Education and Outreach program which includes morning performances for at-risk schools, master classes, workshops and opportunities for advanced young dancers to rehearse and perform with the professional company.

Ballet Jörgen Canada is also in town this week to conduct auditions for advanced level dancers on Friday, March 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Halifax Dance Association (1505 Barrington Street).   Please email Preston McBain at assist@balletjorgen.ca to pre-register.  Dancers must bring a hard copy of their resumes and a headshot and dance photo to the audition.  The audition will consist of an hour and half ballet class and a half hour repertoire class for those left at the end of the ballet class.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor and beauty, Ballet Jörgen Canada formed in 1987, and is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works.   Ballet Jörgen Canada gives over 120 performances a year, taking ballet to a wide range of rural based, urban and inner-city communities. The company has an Atlantic Advisory Board, and has co-presented full productions with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Cinderella was made possible by the generous support of:
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The 2010 National tour of Cinderella is made possible with the support of:
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With additional support from:
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The Halifax performance of Cinderella is made possible with the support of:
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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 our local ballet company in 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: they are 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 Nutcracker which is inspired by Canada’s Group of Seven landscape artists.

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For more information, contact:

Peggy Walt/Atlantic Coordinator/Ballet Jörgen Canada
(902) 422-5403 / Cell: (902) 476-1096 pwalt@eastlink.ca
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Ballet Jörgen (PRONOUNCE YUR-GEN) Canada returns to Halifax with its production of Cinderella on Wednesday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  Cinderella features choreography by Bengt Jörgen set to Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless music.  Audiences are treated to an innovate take on the classic fairy tale with magical seeds and a flight of enchanting fairies, as well as the snooty sisters, a rather bossy and nasty mother (played with glee by Bengt Jörgen), fawning courtiers and attendants, and, of course, our sweet Cinderella with her dashing Prince.  Sets and lights are by Glenn Davidson and costumes by Robert Doyle.  For tickets, go to www.artscentre.dal.ca, or call the Cohn at 494-3820 in Halifax, or toll free at 1-800-874-1669 Monday to Saturday from 12 to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $22 to $47.50, with discounts for seniors and students, and a special 20% discount for groups of six or more from dance schools.

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