[Toronto, ON] September 20, 2016: Canada’s Ballet Jörgen returns to Toronto’s Betty Oliphant Theatre this winter with Bengt Jörgen’s celebrated production of Swan Lake and the uniquely Canadian holiday classic The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition.  This year, in partnership with The Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees initiative, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will be welcoming large groups of Syrian refugees and their sponsor families to performances across Canada.

“We are thrilled to invite Syrian refugees to our major ballets this season,” says Bengt Jörgen, CEO and Artistic Director of the company. “This initiative is very much in line with our values of making ballet accessible and affordable to everyone. A third of our audience members across the country are attending the ballet for the first time, and we are very proud to include refugees in our diverse audience base. We look forward to welcoming them to Canada, and introducing them to the rich cultural landscape this country has to offer.”

The Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees initiative is jointly funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial.

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition returns to the Betty Oliphant Theatre for one day only on December 11, 2016. Swan Lake will play three performances at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on March 24-26, 2017.

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition

Again featuring choreography by Bengt Jörgen and the beloved music of Tchaikovsky, this holiday favourite continues to delight audiences of all ages. Sue LePage’s beautiful costume and set designs reflect Jörgen’s vision of a distinctly Canadian Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where Klara meets lumberjacks, Mounties and woodland creatures in her dream journey, and dancers perform against 20th Century landscape paintings by the Group of Seven and other Canadian artists. Bonnie Beecher returns with her striking lighting design that illuminates this stunning winter wonderland. Audiences continue to return to The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition year after year to experience the magic of the holidays.

Swan Lake

Choreographed by company Artistic Director and CEO Bengt Jörgen, this classical ballet showcases the extraordinary beauty of traditional ballet in its purest form. Adding his signature hint of Canadiana, Jörgen has set his production in the picturesque seascape of the Louisbourg Fortress in Nova Scotia, engaging audiences in a dialogue about national identity.

Company members will dance to Tchaikovsky’s famous score in lavish 17th century inspired costumes by acclaimed designer and Order of Canada member Robert Doyle. The ballet’s striking sets by award-winning Canadian designer Camellia Koo reflect the beauty of Canada’s national heritage parks, with dramatic lighting by Bonnie Beecher – all highlighting over 30 performers in this ballet of ballets.

Local Participant Program

As with many of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s major productions, both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition are designed to include young dancers from Toronto and the surrounding area. This local participant program provides the opportunity for young and aspiring dancers to perform alongside members of the professional company and gain invaluable performance experience.

Performance Dates

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition
December 11, 2016 at 4pm – Betty Oliphant Theatre
Visit www.ticketpro.ca or call 1-888-655-9090
$49 adult/$44 seniors/$38 students
Group of 4+ for $125

Swan Lake
March 24-26, 2017 at 7:30pm and 2pm – Betty Oliphant Theatre
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$49 adult/$44 seniors/$38 students
Group of 4+ for $125

2016-2017 Season Major Supporters

NATIONAL PRESENTING PARTNER

GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

APPRENTICE PROGRAM PARTNER

EDUCATION PARTNER

AEROPLAN MEMBER DONATION PROGRAM

 We thank Aeroplan for its ongoing support through the Aeroplan Member Donation Program

CREATION PARTNER

ATLANTIC YOUTH PROGRAMMING PARTNER

Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation

TRAVEL PARTNER

PERFORMANCE SPONSOR

 

DANCER SPONSOR AND HEALTH & WELLNESS PARTNER

PROGRAMMING PARTNERS

 

NUTCRAKER YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM SPONSOR

 

FOUNDATION PARTNERS
The Bennett Family Foundation, J. P. Bickell Foundation, Findlay Family Foundation, The Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Foundation, Charles H. Ivey Foundation, Sanford McFarlane Family Foundation, Adele & Paul Deacon Nanton Fund

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About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen enriches our lives by bringing professional ballet to communities – large and small, urban and rural – across Canada. Known for the warmth and beauty of its productions, CBJ reaches every province, delivering more than 1,000 performances, ballet classes and community engagement events involving over 150,000 participants annually.

http://www.balletjorgencanada.ca

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