October 22, 2012

As part of its 25th Anniversary Season, Ballet Jörgen Canada opens its first of two major home season visits in Halifax, NS from October 23 to 28, 2012.

On Tuesday October 23rd to Friday October 26th Ballet Jörgen Canada brings two Nova Scotia artists together for a performance at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  This special event is commissioned as part of Ballet Jörgen Canada’s 25th Anniversary Season and is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Choreographer and Halifax resident, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson is working with Hannah Mae Cruddas, a Nova Scotia native and dancer with Ballet Jörgen Canada, on two pieces inspired by Canadian visual artists. The two works are being created specifically for the exhibit spaces at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and will premiere this week.

The first piece is inspired by the works of Emily Carr. The second piece is based upon and will be danced alongside a sculptural installation by Attila Richard Lukacs. Lukacs’ sculpture is a recent gift to the Gallery from BMO Financial Group. Performances happen twice daily at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, October 23-26, 2012.  The audience is invited to speak with Hannah Mae after the performance of each piece.

From Tuesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 27, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada will offer free programming at Halifax Public Libraries.  Using excerpts from their children’s ballet, A World To Shake, dancers from Ballet Jörgen Canada offer an inside look at how ballet evokes emotions and tells stories without using words. Drop in with the whole family. You can find the full library schedule at

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s popular Ballet in the Studio (BITS) program returns to Halifax, this year at a new location –  the Meinertzhagen Theatre of the Halifax Grammar School.  Showtime is at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets ($15-21) are now on sale at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office:, 902.494.3820 or toll-free 1.800.874.1669.  A special group rate is available for dance schools.  Ballet in the Studio offers the opportunity to see the newest and most exciting work Ballet Jörgen Canada is performing. Ballet in the Studio will include Silences Between by Truro choreographers Melissa Page-Webster and Margot Bégin Gillis, excerpts from Bengt Jörgen’s new production of Swan Lake, and Derek Sangster’s hit, Good Mourning. The audience will have the chance to meet the dancers at a reception following the performance.

On Sunday, October 28, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada will teach master classes in ballet, pointe and repertoire at Halifax Dance (1505 Barrington Street, Halifax).  Advance registration is required: or call 416.415.5000, ext. 4928.

Additionally, on Sunday, October 28, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada will hold auditions for the company and training programs (full-time and summer training programs) at Halifax Dance from 9:00am to 3:30pm. To register, visit the Audition Hub on the company website: or call 416.415.5000, ext. 4928.

The week will culminate with Solos and Duets, a presentation of five new works on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 3:45 at Halifax Dance. This performance showcase will feature pieces by choreographers Margot Bégin-Gillis, Georgia Rondos, Veronique MacKenzie, Penelope Evans and Melissa Page-Webster.  Solos and Duets will be presented directly after BJC’s master classes and auditions.  Admission is free for workshop participants, and pay-what-you-can for all others.  Solos and Duets gives choreographers the opportunity to work with professional dancers at no personal cost and present their work in a public showcase.

In April 2013 Ballet Jörgen Canada will return home to Nova Scotia after its national 25th Anniversary Season tour, showcasing its new production of Swan Lake set at the Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, NS.  BJC will perform Swan Lake and offer community programming during this visit.  Local participants will be selected for small roles in the production through dance schools or by audition.

Please visit our website:, and subscribe to our Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel to stay up to date on our 25th Anniversary season.

About Ballet Jörgen Canada

Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works. Working in Nova Scotia for over 16 years Ballet Jörgen Canada fulfills its mandate to bring ballet to a wide range of rural, urban and inner-city communities.  The company connects with a broad age range through its school programs, work with local choreographers and dance schools, and its full-scale performances. With a home in Halifax, Ballet Jörgen Canada is supported by an Atlantic Advisory Board, and has co-presented full productions with Symphony Nova Scotia.

The company has become known as “Canada’s Local Ballet Company” sharing the art form with more Canadian communities than any other dance company. Ballet Jörgen Canada reaches over 40,000 people each year – one third of whom are under the age of 18.  For more information, visit

Halifax programming is made possible by Margaret and David Fountain, the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, the Atlantic Advisory Board, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, as well as RBC Foundation, BMO Financial Group, TD Canada Trust, Aeroplan, CIBC and other donors.

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For more information, photos, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Peggy Walt, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion, (902) 422-5403
Online videos available on the company’s website through YouTube