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New ballet to tour coast to coast in 2015-2016 season
[Toronto, ON – July 27, 2015] Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) is pleased to announce the creation and presentation of a major new production of Sleeping Beauty, which will have its World Premiere at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Ontario on October 2nd, 2015.
CBJ’s production of Sleeping Beauty takes inspiration from Charles Perrault’s “La Belle au bois dormant” and the Brothers Grimm’s “Little Briar Rose”. Set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaïkovsky magnificent score, this elegant production seamlessly balances many of the beloved passages from Marius Petipa’s nineteenth century St. Petersburg production with beautiful original choreography, bringing new life to this storied work for contemporary audiences.
The production was conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen, who is recognized for his ability to bring classical ballet to life for new generations of today’s audiences. Dora Mavor Moore Award winners Camellia Koo (Set and Costumes Design) and Rebecca Picherack (Lighting Design) join the production team to create a magical world filled with flowers, thorns, birds and enchantment.
Sleeping Beauty will travel through nine provinces and is designed to include young dancers from local communities, they will have the opportunity to perform roles alongside the professional company dancers.
The creation and presentation of Sleeping Beauty is made possible by a generous gift from Margaret and David Fountain. Recognized for their outstanding philanthropic commitment to the arts, Margaret and David Fountain have previously assisted CBJ in establishing a second home in Halifax, NS and provided the company with pivotal support on its 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake.
Artistic Director and CEO Bengt Jörgen expressed the entire company’s gratitude. “With the generosity from friends and patrons like the Fountains, we are able to envision Sleeping Beauty for a contemporary audience, and bring this classical ballet to many different communities across the country. The Fountains’ extraordinary gift helps CBJ achieve new artistic heights, and we are very grateful to our supporters for sharing our vision.”
Additional private support for Sleeping Beauty is provided by the J. P. Bickell Foundation, the Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation, the Charles H. Ivey Foundation, the Hal Jackman Foundation, The Estate of C. Anderson Silber, Jane Smith, The Estate of Maggie G. Morris Smolensky, and Nora R. Stearns.
BMO Financial Group is the National Presenting Partner of Sleeping Beauty. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is grateful for the support from Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for national touring, as well as the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Ontario Arts Council for performances within Ontario.
About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen builds communities across Canada through the shared experience of professional ballet. Reaching every province with over 600 events annually, we ensure communities large and small, urban and rural have access to a ballet experience that is recognized for its innovation, warmth and beauty. Inspiring and connecting with Canadians for over 25 years, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen makes ballet and Canadian choreography a meaningful part of Canadians’ lives through performance, education, and community engagement. http://www.balletjorgencanada.ca
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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is gratefully acknowledging its major season partners:
Sleeping Beauty is being created and presented with the support of Margaret and David Fountain
National Presenting Partner
Ontario Sleeping Beauty performances have been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
Atlantic Youth Programming
Travel & Education Partner
Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation Performance Sponsor
We thank Aeroplan for its ongoing support through the Beyond Miles program
Fondation J. P. Bickell, Fondation Charles H. Ivey, Fondation Hal Jackman
Nutcracker Youth Education Program
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen – Sleeping Beauty Performance Schedule
|Oct 2||Burlington, ON||Burlington Performing Arts Centre|
|Oct 4-5||Cambridge, ON||Dunfield Theatre Cambridge|
|Oct 7||Sarnia, ON||Imperial Theatre|
|Oct 22||Ottawa, ON||Centrepointe Theatre|
|Oct 30||St. Georges, QC||Salle Alphonse-Desjadins du Cégep B-A|
|Nov 1||Thetford Mines, QC||Salle Dussault de Thetford Mines|
|Nov 7||Montmagny, QC||Salle Edwin-Belanger|
|Nov 17||St. John's, NL||St. John's Arts & Culture Centre|
|Jan 23||Guelph, ON||River Run Centre|
|Jan 31||Saskatoon, SK||TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre|
|Feb 4||Cranbrook, BC||Key City Theatre|
|Feb 6||Nelson, BC||Capitol Theatre|
|Feb 9||Vernon, BC||Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre|
|Feb 11||Chilliwack, BC||Chilliwack Cultural Centre|
|Feb 13||Duncan, BC||Cowichan Performing Arts Centre|
|Feb 18||Terrace, BC||REM Lee Theatre|
|Feb 20||Kitimat, BC||Mount Elizabeth Theatre|
|Feb 21||Prince Rupert, BC||Lester Centre|
|Feb 25||Maple Ridge BC||Arts Centre & Theatre Maple Ridge|
|Mar 2||Camrose, AB||Lougheed Performing Arts Centre|
|Mar 4||Medicine Hat, AB||Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre|
|Mar 6||Spruce Grove, AB||Horizon Stage|
|Mar 9||Weyburn, SK||Cugnet Centre|
|Mar 18||Oakville, ON||Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts|
|Mar 24, 26 & 27||Toronto, ON||Betty Oliphant Theatre|
|Mar 31||London, ON||Grand Theatre London|
|Apr 8-9||Halifax, NS||Dalhousie Arts Centre|
|Apr 13||Saint John, NB||Imperial Theatre|
|Apr 15||Fredericton, NB||Fredericton Playouse|
|Apr 17||Summerside, PE||Harbourfront Theatre|
|Apr 23||St. Augustine, FL (USA)||Lewis Auditorium - Flagler College|
Complete overview of the 2015-2016 tour schedule available on the company website at www.balletjorgencanada.ca/calendar