Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents three world premieres at FORMATION: an evening of contemporary ballet, October 4 & 5 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre - Ballet Jörgen

For immediate release: September 1, 2013
Media Contact: Colin Asuncion, 416.415.5000 x 2886

As the grand finale of its 25th Anniversary Season, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents three newly commissioned works at Formation: an evening of contemporary ballet – October 4 & 5 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen says that the show “celebrates Ballet Jörgen’s role as one of Canada’s pre-eminent builders of new ballets.”

FORMATION: an evening of contemporary ballet
October 4 & 5 – 8pm
Betty Oliphant Theatre – Toronto, ON
Tickets from $30
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The pièce de résistance of Formation is a brand new work by Robert Desrosiers called Bouffonia. With an original score by Eric Cadesky and Nick Dyer, and original costume designs by Evelyn Bastien, Bouffonia (from the French word bouffon) is a comedic ballet based on the antics of old world clowns. This is one of Robert’s largest creations for the Toronto dance scene in years. Robert describes Bouffonia as a fusion: “I wanted to bring in traditional clown elements and fuse them into contemporary dance so that the piece has an intertwining of the two playing off each other. The piece is done in a vintage style, as if the audience is watching a show about a hundred years ago. It has an old feeling to it but it is, of course, infused with today.” – Robert Desrosiers.

Formation will also feature new works by two of Toronto’s most energetic and provocative dance artists Malgorzata Nowacka and Allen Kaeja. Intensely physical, both artists bring their unique style of dance in a classical context, creating ballets of vibrant energy and tremendous emotional intensity.

Rounding out the program are Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen’s neo-classical work Life & Laughter and  Derek Sangster’s celebrated production of Good Mourning. Good Mourning is a tremendously emotional contemporary ballet – showcasing the redemptive and healing powers of the grieving process, Good Mourning is a tour de force for the Ballet Jörgen’s dancers.

These five works (which bring the total number of ballets built by Ballet Jörgen to 198) represent some of the most engaging contemporary dance makers in the Toronto dance scene. Join us in this celebration of BJC’s commitment over 25 years to the development of Canadian choreography.

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is recognized for the innovation, warmth, hu­mour, and beauty in its works. For over 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian cho­reography through performance, educational experiences, and community engagement. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is proud to be one of the country’s pre-eminent builders of new ballets.

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