Canada’s Ballet Jörgen concludes country-wide tour of Romeo & Juliet with standing ovations in Atlantic Canada

“Joy, sorrow and passion are expressed in movement, subtle as the disdainful pointing of a finger and grand as a joyful pirouette. This show is a sensual delight, from the sumptuous costumes to Prokofiev’s powerfully evocative score. […] Such a magical evening!”, wrote The Coast in Halifax.[Toronto, ON – May 29, 2014] Canada’s Ballet Jörgen ended its successful 2013-2014 season on a high note with an exceptional audience reception in St. John’s, NL and standing ovations for performances in Halifax, NS accompanied by the prestigious Symphony Nova Scotia. Acclaimed Choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen`s classical ballet, Romeo & Juliet, entertained and inspired audiences of all ages.

The Chronicle Herald`s review was equally enthusiastic, emphasising the artistic synergies between the two companies during the Halifax shows: “The live music drove the performance, allowing the dancers to feed off the mutual artistic passion. The highly varied score added fluidity to the show and an artistic element that complemented the simple stage set.”

“[…] the performance was beautiful and danced impeccably well. Every year you get better and better, Ballet Jörgen, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next,” wrote Katie Conklin online at Halifax Sociable.

For over 25 years Canada’s Ballet Jörgen has been making ballet accessible to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. True to its mission, the company traveled to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as Québec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador this season, performing the classical ballet, Romeo & Juliet, in over 20 communities. The organization set a new record by reaching over 60,000 people, presenting ballet to many that had never seen it before and engaging Canadians with education and outreach programming. These include the Local Participants Program through which local youth performed small roles in Romeo & Juliet; master classes and workshops at local dance schools; dance performances and introductions to ballet in local schools, libraries and art galleries;  company auditions for dancers and choreographers;  and auditions for the post-secondary program, George Brown Dance.

Other highlights of the season included Formation, an Evening of Contemporary Ballet which marked the return of renowned Canadian choreographer Robert Desrosiers to creative life with the premiere of his new ballet, Bouffonia. Of the mixed bill including works by Malgorzata Nowacka, Allen Kaeja and Derek Sangster, and Bengt Jörgen, The Globe and Mail stated, “the five works [made] for a very stylish program of contemporary ballet.” The company also performed The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition throughout Ontario. Bengt Jörgen has connected the delightful classical ballet to Canadian heritage to bring special magic to the winter holidays.

Always seeking new ways of connecting with Canadian communities and exploring innovative opportunities in dance, the company performed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in conjunction with Nocturne – art at night and showcased its integrated technology project at Toronto’s digital festival, Digifest 2014. Finally, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen celebrated the world premier of its short film, The Marvelous Girl, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.  The film has since been shown at several other major film festivals in North America.

Canada`s Ballet Jörgen extends special thanks to its Season Sponsor RBC Wealth Management and National Presenting Partner BMO Financial Group. The season was made possible with the support of government partners: the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. With the generous support of the RBC Foundation, the company grew its apprenticeship program by two dancers in 2013-14, employing a total number of four apprentices.

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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Romeo and Juliet
(photo by Lawrence Ho)
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(photo by Kamal Daid)
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Community Programming
(photo by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen)

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