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[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.

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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


Government Partners

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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.

Apprentice Program

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Education Partner

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Atlantic Youth Programming


Creation Partner

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Travel & Education Partner


Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation Performance Sponsor


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Programming Partners

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Nutcracker Youth Education Program



Canada’s Ballet Jörgen – Sleeping Beauty Performance Schedule

Oct 2

Burlington, ONBurlington Performing Arts Centre
Oct 4-5Cambridge, ONDunfield Theatre Cambridge
Oct 7Sarnia, ONImperial Theatre
Oct 22Ottawa, ONCentrepointe Theatre
Oct 30St. Georges, QCSalle Alphonse-Desjadins du Cégep B-A
Nov 1Thetford Mines, QCSalle Dussault de Thetford Mines
Nov 7Montmagny, QCSalle Edwin-Belanger
Nov 17St. John's, NLSt. John's Arts & Culture Centre
Jan 23Guelph, ONRiver Run Centre
Jan 31Saskatoon, SKTCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
Feb 4Cranbrook, BCKey City Theatre
Feb 6Nelson, BCCapitol Theatre
Feb 9Vernon, BCVernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Feb 11Chilliwack, BCChilliwack Cultural Centre
Feb 13Duncan, BCCowichan Performing Arts Centre
Feb 18Terrace, BCREM Lee Theatre
Feb 20Kitimat, BCMount Elizabeth Theatre
Feb 21Prince Rupert, BCLester Centre
Feb 25Maple Ridge BCArts Centre & Theatre Maple Ridge
Mar 2Camrose, ABLougheed Performing Arts Centre
Mar 4Medicine Hat, ABEsplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Mar 6Spruce Grove, ABHorizon Stage
Mar 9Weyburn, SKCugnet Centre
Mar 18Oakville, ONOakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Mar 24, 26 & 27Toronto, ONBetty Oliphant Theatre
Mar 31London, ONGrand Theatre London
Apr 8-9Halifax, NSDalhousie Arts Centre
Apr 13Saint John, NBImperial Theatre
Apr 15Fredericton, NBFredericton Playouse
Apr 17Summerside, PEHarbourfront Theatre
Apr 23St. Augustine, FL (USA)Lewis Auditorium - Flagler College

Complete overview of the 2015-2016 tour schedule available on the company website at