Bouffonia & Other Contemporary Ballets
The repertoire of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen includes contemporary Canadian ballets – from raw athletics to silken emotion, a mixture of the best variety of dance on stage today. For Ballet 360, the company includes bold works by a new breed of Canadian choreographers like Malgorzata Nowacka, Allen Kaeja and Derek Sangster and the highly imaginative creations of leading dance makers like Robert Desrosiers and Bengt Jörgen. Our contemporary Canadian ballets are guaranteed to please everyone and keep audiences on the edge of their seats every time.
“A very stylish program of contemporary ballet”
Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
Concept & Choreography: Robert Desrosiers
Music: Eric Cadesky, Nick Dyer
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Evelyn Bastien
Masks: Jessie Cole
Props: Katie Horrill
Sculptures: Tom & Raphael Brouillette
Set Construction: Will Sutton, James Brydon
Chair Construction: Tom Brouillette
Painter: Bree Lawrence
Number of Dancers: 12-14
Running Time: 31min
Created with support from the Hal Jackman Foundation and the Ann & Lyman Henderson Fund for New Ballets
Bouffonia marked the return of acclaimed Canadian choreographer Robert Desrosiers in 2013 after a decade-long absence from dance creation. Known as one of the country’s most imaginative choreographers, his new work bears his unmistakable hallmark; the surreal spectacle is an exciting example of the special genre of dance-theatre Desrosiers established during his career. Bouffonia features fantastical sets, props and costumes and includes many acrobatic dance elements. This major new one-act ballet was created in a vintage style, inspired by 16th century Commedia dell’arte, 18th Century European opera staging, and early 20th Century silent films.
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen commissioned Bouffonia to be the centrepiece of our contemporary showcase during our 25th Anniversary. After numerous exuberant reviews and excited audience feedback, the ballet has become a permanent part of the company’s repertoire and will be presented again in the 2014/2015 season.