For Immediate Release:  January 30, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:  Peggy Walt (902) 422-5403 atlanticregion@balletjorgen.ca

(Halifax, NS) Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) is bringing its full-length production of Romeo and Juliet to Halifax as part of its 20 city cross-Canada tour on April 16 and 17 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  The evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. and there is a special schools-only matinée performance on Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.

The company recently confirmed that its Halifax shows will be accompanied with live orchestra provided by Symphony Nova Scotia (www.symphonynovascotia.ca).

Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and revenge is masterfully transformed into Bengt Jörgen’s magical world of ballet.  With music by Sergei Prokofiev, costume design by Annapolis Royal’s Gary Dahms, and set and lighting design by Glenn Davidson, the production has been described as “a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet” by The Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron.

“We are thrilled to have renewed our partnership with Symphony Nova Scotia and our dancers are excited about the opportunity to perform with the musicians under the artistic leadership of Maestro Bernhard Gueller,” explained CBJ Artistic Director, Bengt Jörgen.  “This is a unique opportunity for Nova Scotians to experience the excitement and drama of live classical ballet with all of the orchestral colour.”

Also unique to the production is the incorporation of student dancers and theatre students from the local community.  Based on recommendations by their dance/theatre teachers or at an audition, local participants will perform as village children and teenagers, ballroom guests, and guards.  Students can register online to participate, and you can find out more on the company’s website, http://www.balletjorgencanada.ca/index.cfm?pagepath=Education_BJC_Community/Romeo_Juliet_Local_Participants&id=43995.  The company will also be running their annual auditions for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Company, Junior Company, Summer Programs and George Brown dance programs on April 13 (location and time TBA).

Tickets are now on sale at the Box Office, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  You can purchase online (www.artscentre.dal.ca), in person or by calling (902) 494-3820.  There are discounts for students and seniors and groups of ten or more.

School administrators should call 494-6406 to reserve for the matinée performance; tickets are $10.

Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen will give a pre-performance chat at 6:45 p.m. both evenings; this chat is free for everyone attending the performance.

The Halifax performances are made possible by CBJ Season Sponsor

RBC Wealth Management.  Additional support for Romeo and Juliet is made possible by National Presenting Partner, BMO Financial Group, Margaret and David Foundation, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald, Westin Nova Scotia and KOOL 96.5 FM Radio.

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works. For more than 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences and outreach.

As “Canada’s Local Ballet Company”, Ballet Jörgen Canada shares the art form with more Canadian communities than any other dance company. Through performances, education and outreach programming, Ballet Jörgen Canada reaches over 50,000 people each year – one third of whom are under the age of eighteen and have never seen a live ballet performance before. For more information, visit www.balletjorgencanada.ca.  The CBJ Atlantic Canada Atlantic Advisory Board supports the company’s work in Atlantic Canada.

You can find Canada’s Ballet Jörgen on Facebook, and watch videos of their performances with behind-the-scenes footage on their YouTube channel.  See a trailer for Romeo and Juliet here:

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Don’t miss Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (PRONOUNCE YOUR-GUN) in Romeo and Juliet, a full-length ballet presentation with live orchestral accompaniment by Symphony Nova Scotia, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.  Tickets are on sale now through the Arts Centre Box Office and are available by calling the box office at 494-3820, or on-line.  Balletgoers can also attend a free pre-show chat about the ballet with Artistic Director, Bengt Jörgen, in the Sculpture Court at 6:45 p.m.

There is also a special matinée performance for schools on Thursday morning, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are just ten dollars and if you would like to take your students to Romeo and Juliet, please call the Box Office School’s Line at 494-6406.

That’s Romeo and Juliet, April 16 and 17 at the Cohn.  Please visit www.balletjorgen.ca for more information, or find the company on Facebook or YouTube.

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NOTE TO MEDIA:

Company member Hannah-Mae Cruddas (originally from Dartmouth, NS) will be coming to Nova Scotia along with other company members for media interviews on March 25-26.  To book an interview, please contact BJC Atlantic Representative Peggy Walt at (902) 422-5403 or peggy@culturalaffairs.ca.

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