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Performance Schedule Halifax 2013-2014

 

Ballet in the Studio (Lillian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts) Oct 18, 2013 7:00 pm Buy Tickets
Nocturne Oct 19, 2013 6:00 pm Buy Tickets
Romeo & Juliet (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium) Apr 16 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Romeo & Juliet (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium) Apr 17 8:00 pm Buy Tickets



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April 2014

CTV Atlantic News Interview with choreographer Kathleen Rea

 

Watch video: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=325208&binId=1.1145729&playlistPageNum=1

 


April 2014

CBC Radio (French) Interview with company dancer Adrián Ramírez Juarez 

Click here to listen: http://www.radio-canada.ca/util/postier/suggerer-go.asp?nID=1180289


April 2014

Eating disorders, dancing in spotlight

From The Chronical Herald (http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1200588-eating-disorders-dancing-in-spotlight)

Dance is for everyone — no matter what you weigh.

That was the message at a conference Monday on eating disorders in dance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

The event was organized by the IWK’s eating disorder clinic, Dance Nova Scotia, the Self-Help Connection’s eating disorders project and Ballet Jorgen Canada. The aim was to educate dance teachers and studio directors.

“We can work together to create a better culture in dance that promotes healthy body image and healthy eating,” said co-organizer Megan Matheson Hamilton, executive director of Dance Nova Scotia.

She has a history with eating disorders and saw the event as a long-awaited step toward change.

Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness among girls and carry the highest risk of death of any mental illness, according to the clinic.

Joanne Gusella was one of the presenters at the conference. She said she has treated a number of cases of eating disorders in children and young adults in dance in her more than 20-year career at the clinic.

“Dance is one of those activities that has a number of girls and boys who are perfectionists and have vulnerability for eating disorders because the sport itself focuses on esthetics as well as performance,” Gusella said.

Kathleen Rea is a psychotherapist and former National Ballet of Canada dancer who struggled with an eating disorder for 10 years.

“The very skinny weight that is required is purely esthetic,” Rea said.

“It doesn’t help people dance better — in fact, it hinders people from dancing.”

She gave a presentation on the need for dance teachers and studios to educate students and to adopt policies that promote healthy living.

“Policy change is the main thing. If a school has (a body) image policy and eating disorder policy from the get-go, then they’re going to create a culture of people feeling good about their bodies.”

Rea said teachers face liability if they do not intervene when they see a student is at risk. Having a policy would give teachers better resources to support a student who they suspect has an eating disorder.

It should include a list of warning signs parents and teachers should look for and details about what actions will be taken if a student has an eating disorder, she said.

Zeph Caissie walked away from the conference with a greater sense of how to discuss body image with his students.

He is the creative director of Diaga Irish Dance in Halifax and has brought in a nutritionist to talk with students about the importance of healthy eating.

“I promote eating for performance rather than esthetic,” Caissie said. “Most of my students are teenage girls, so they’re dealing with their own body images outside the dance class and so I’ve tried to create as much of a safe place as I can here.”

Change is happening, said Rea.

“I hope to see dancers on stage who are robust and healthy.”


April 2014

Ballet Jorgen’s Romeo and Juliet probes tragedy’s humanity

From the Chronical Herald (http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1200491-ballet-jorgen-s-romeo-and-juliet-probes-tragedy-s-humanity)
 

 

Romeo and Juliet is not just a great love story, says Bengt Jorgen.

“People think it’s a tragic love story, but it’s a great human life drama, a great metaphor for the arc of life,” says the artistic director of Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. “Things are compressed in the life of Juliet and it allows us to look at life in a much more intense way.”

The Toronto-based troupe presents the full-length ballet on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia playing the Prokofiev score.

In this version, the inevitable end takes the audience to a place that is not so dark, says Jorgen, who did the choreography.

Created 15 years ago as a co-production with the Banff Centre for the Arts, his version of Romeo and Juliet was seen as revolutionary because it compressed three acts into two and reduced the running time from three hours to two.

And though the essence hasn’t changed, there have been major revisions to reflect the company’s current dancers, so for audiences it might seem like a completely different ballet, he continues.

“There’s more dancing for the corps de ballet,” adds Hannah Mae Cruddas, who is in her third year with the company.

The 20-year-old Dartmouth native saw Tara Butler and Jorgen dancing the leads when the ballet was staged at the Cohn in 2003. Clea Iveson danced Lady Capulet, which is Cruddas’s role this time.

“She’s Juliet’s mother and in this version she’s the head of the household. Lord Capulet has been imprisoned,” explains the petite redhead.

“She’s headstrong and poised and keeps everything bottled up inside. She doesn’t handle stress well. She tries to be a good mother, but continuing the family name is more important than being a good mother.”

It’s a departure for Cruddas, who is used to being “a pretty ballet dancer.”

“There are entire scenes where her whole face is contorted. I’ve never had to be so angry, so desperate onstage. It’s a big change and fun.”

Cruddas says the cast works with both a dance and acting coach. Having appeared in several Atlantic Fringe Festival productions and in The Sound of Music at Neptune Theatre with her siblings Josh and Emma in 2005, she’s comfortable with the acting elements.

She has already danced the role on a tour to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, but the Halifax shows will be her first with live symphonic accompaniment.

“You bounce off the energy from the symphony. They share their passion, we share our passion, for one very passionate performance.”

The music was written in the 1940s, so it is a very contemporary score, very rhythmic and powerful, says Jorgen.

“It is a ballet score in the classical sense, but not from the classical time period. Musically, it appeals to younger people. It has a sense of brashness.”

“It’s very intricate, with a lot of layers, very danceable,” agrees Cruddas.

Romeo and Juliet is set in the past, but not in a particular time period, with what Jorgen describes as the most innovative sets the company has and the best touring costumes, lavish yet practical.

“And the sets work well with the choreography,” Cruddas says. “In some scenes, the sets move with the dancers.”

She says Lady Capulet is pretty much completely covered, with only her hands and face showing, while Juliet’s costumes are shorter and more youthful.

In Halifax, Saniya Abilmajineva, who was the lead in last year’s production of Swan Lake, will dance Juliet. Hiroto Saito, who previously danced the role with Butler, will be Romeo.

“Saniya is a brilliant dancer. There’s nothing she can’t do,” enthuses Jorgen.

Cruddas loves living in Toronto and touring with the company, which gives her “a chance to see the country and meet wonderful dancers and art lovers.” She’s both nervous and excited to perform in Halifax.

“I hope I can inspire young dancers here to carry on with dance and travel with dance in a way I’m blessed to do,” she says.

Each night, the show will feature 10 different dancers from New Glasgow, Truro and the Halifax area, from 11 to early 20s, in a variety of small roles.

Cruddas was one of the local dancers recruited for a production of Anastasia at the Cohn in 2007 and says it was a huge motivator for her career in dance.


April 2014

Haligonian climbs to top of pole world

From The Chronical Herald (http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1201724-haligonian-climbs-to-top-of-pole-world


A diminutive figure sits alone in the spotlight — legs crossed, head lowered.

As an oriental twang opens to an electro house beat, she rises — keeping time with the music — and moves lithely toward one of the two poles rising behind her from the stage floor.

Suddenly, she is in the air, holding herself aloft, contorted into seemingly impossibly positions.

Without warning she crosses to the second pole and begins to spin, upside down and suspended, in rotating, physics-defying manoeuvres.

All the while, she moves to the music, as the cheers and applause crescendo with each stunt.

The title-capturing routine finishes and she dismounts to an energetic ovation.

Suffice it to say, top-ranked Canadian pole dancer Candice Prior is anything but your average 63 year old.

Her onstage performance of Creature Thingy in the 50-plus masters division of the 2013 Canadian Pole Fitness Championship established her as the country’s top-ranked over-50 pole dancer. Now, five years after the Haligonian and longtime dancer first took her on-the-floor skills to the pole, Prior is preparing to compete in the world pole sports championship this summer in London, England.

“It’s an art form, it really is,” she said. “It’s an art form of the body.”

She has no lack of spunk. Measuring barely five feet, the energetic woman is quick to smile, with streaks of neon pink running through her bangs.

Injuries from a long career in professional dance — one that had her performing from Broadway to the White House and nearly everywhere in between — led the spritely United States transplant to the doorstep of Studio In Essence in Halifax.

Prior, who grew up outside of New York City but now calls Halifax home, began Pilates at the downtown fitness studio in 2007 and before long was instructing classes. A few years later, she tried her hand at pole sport and quickly found herself once again in the instructor’s seat.

Fast-forward five years and Prior is busy training in anticipation of competing on the world stage.

“Candice is quirky and fun, and it’s amazing that she’s going to the world competition,” said Shelby Williams, a fellow pole instructor at Studio In Essence.

Prior was one of Williams’s first instructors when the Dalhousie University student, now 23, first began pole classes in early 2011.

“She really helped me along the way getting to be where I am,” said Williams.

“She’ll push you and push you and push you until you get it, but in a good way,” she said, laughing.

“I think she’s just a great example of showing people that it’s never too late to start doing pole.”

Pole sport is a combination of acrobatics and dance centred around two metal poles — one fixed and another that spins.

Prior’s description is more succinct: “Gymnastics on vertical poles — that is exactly what it is.”

Although a long-established sport elsewhere in the world, especially Eastern Europe, pole has yet to take off in Canada, but it is growing in popularity.

Prior said she hopes her involvement at the worlds will help that campaign.

“I’m so nervous,” she admitted excitedly, talking about her pending inaugural debut at the worlds.

More than 100 competitors from 30 countries — Argentina to Ireland, Japan to Canada — are qualified to compete at this year’s annual London competition.


Candice Prior, 63, will represent Canada in the Masters category at the world pole sports championship in London, England in July. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)

Judging pole sport competition is similar to skating or gymnastics, where points are awarded for particular tricks and deducted for mistakes.

“It’s very, very rigorous,” said Prior. “The majority of the people that are winning and doing this are all ex-gymnasts.”

Still, in Canada the sport has yet to gain widespread legitimacy.

Mention pole dancing to the average passerby and the first association will likely be to strippers.

Anything involving dance and poles has long been associated with strip joints, something Studio In Essence is trying to tackle in Nova Scotia.

“I think anyone who took the time to watch a single routine would never question us,” said Tori Fleming, the studio’s co-ordinator.

“When we go to get corporate funding we get emails back saying, ‘This doesn’t align with our morals,’ which is just code for they think we’re a stripping competition.”

Athletes do reveal ample skin, but Prior explained the logic behind the practice:

“Stick-tion,” she said. “If I had a leotard there, I would slide down (the pole).”

Competitions enforce strict dress codes, in part in an effort to protect the sport’s reputation.

“How low (the costume) can be in the front, in the back, what has to be covered — to the millimetre,” said Prior. “They’re very serious about it.”

The negative stereotype inherited by pole sport has been especially problematic for the campaign to gain official recognition as a sport from Sport Nova Scotia, a move that would open up funding and provide an extra degree of legitimacy to pole.

“(Pole sport) is not recognized in any of the other provinces, and I don’t think Nova Scotia wants to be first, which is too bad,” said Prior. “They could be trailblazers.”

According to her, Olympic recognition, which she predicted as not too far off, will make the difference. Meantime, Halifax’s pole matriarch continues to train, with her eyes on the prize.

“I’m hoping I win,” said Prior, laughing. “I’m certainly going to try my hardest.”

The world pole sports championship 2014 takes place July 19 and 20 in London.


April 2014

Ballet Jörgen`s Romeo and Juliet
Pure magic

From The Coast (http://www.thecoast.ca/TheScene/archives/2014/04/17/ballet-jrgens-romeo-and-juliet)

With Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Jörgen and Symphony Nova Scotia bring the story of Shakespeare’s immortal, star-crossed lovers marvellously to life through dance and music. 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. Saniya Abilmajineva’s portrayal of Juliet is pure delight. Her transformation from an innocent and mischievous girl to a young woman impassioned and emboldened by her first love is a marvel to watch. Hiroto Saito as Romeo beautifully portrays his own transformation from careless youth through mooning lover to burdened young man. Daniel Da Silva is a standout as the terminally playful Mercutio, as is Hannah Mae Cruddas as the forbidding and imperious Lady Capulet. Such a magical evening!


April 2014

A sample of the community activities in and around Halifax, NS in the spring of 2014

 


April 2014

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Offers Community Programming

(Halifax, NS) Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will be presenting additional programming in the Maritimes in the coming weeks in the lead up to its full-length production of Romeo and Juliet.  The company is bringing its children’s ballet The Velveteen Rabbit to elementary schools in Saint John, Truro and HRM from April 7-10, and presenting Ballet 101’s in four HRM libraries on Tuesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 19.  They’ll also hold auditions for their summer programs and George Brown Dance on Sunday, April 13 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Maritime Conservatory of Dance, and provide master classes to ballet students at Halifax Dance and the Maritime Conservatory.

On Monday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. they will take part in a dialogue entitled Eating Disorders in Dance:  Examining our role in prevention, early detection and support. This seminar is for dance teachers and studio owners and is being offered free of charge by Dance Nova Scotia, the IWK Hospital, The Eating Disorder Project (Self-Help Connection) and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.  The seminar will be broadcast from the IWK Teleconference Centre to health centres around the province upon demand.  The panel will include therapist, choreographer and former CBJ company member Kathleen Rea and pediatrician Nadia Aumerally from the IWK as well as Psychologist Dr. Joanne Gusella.  Please confirm registration at director@dancens.ca.

The seminar asks how we can help young people navigate ever-increasing body image pressure, combined with the demands of the dance discipline and its perceived norms.  The expert panel will provide dance teachers with tools to create healthier environments for prevention and provide knowledge on how to recognize and deal with a student with an eating disorder. 

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is touring Romeo and Juliet as part of its 20 city cross-Canada tour on April 16 and 17 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  The evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. and there is a special schools-only matinée performance on Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. The Halifax shows will be accompanied with live orchestra provided by Symphony Nova Scotia (www.symphonynovascotia.ca). Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and revenge is masterfully transformed into Bengt Jörgen’s magical world of ballet.  With music by Sergei Prokofiev, costume design by Annapolis Royal’s Gary Dahs, and set and lighting design by Glenn Davidson, the production has been described as  “a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet” by The Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron.  Tickets are now on sale at the Box Office, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  You can purchase on-line (www.artscentre.dal.ca), in person or by calling (902) 494-3820.  There are discounts for students and seniors and groups of ten or more.  School administrators should call 494-6406 to reserve for the matinée performance; tickets are $10.

Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen will give a pre-performance chat at 6:45 p.m. both evenings about the ballet in the Sculpture Court of the Dalhousie Arts Centre; this chat is free for everyone attending the performance. 

The Halifax performances are made possible by CBJ Season Sponsor RBC Wealth Management, Margaret and David Foundation, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald, Westin Nova Scotia and KOOL 96.5 FM Radio. The national presenting partner for Romeo and Juliet is BMO Financial Group. Atlantic Canada Programming is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Velveteen Rabbit
Monday, April 7 – Saint John 10:00 a.m.
Princess Elizabeth School show
20 Sixth Street, Saint John
(506) 858-5356, contact Jeff Nelson, Vice-Principal or Kathy Olive – kathy.olive@nbed.nb.ca

Velveteen Rabbit
Tuesday, April 8 – HRM
Hammonds Plains Consolidated (2 shows)
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
2180 Hammonds Plains Road, (902) 832-8412
Samantha White, Contact, samfwhite@gmail.com

Velveteen Rabbit
Wednesday, April 9 – Truro – 8:45 a.m.
Truro Elementary School – 125 Curtis Drive
(902) 896-5755, Michael Price, Principal
pricemj@ccrsb.ca       

Harmony Heights Elementary – 1:00 p.m.
25 Cedar Drive, Salmon River, (902) 896-5798
Wanda Vautour, Principal – vatourwm@ccrsb.ca
Booked by Lenore Zann, MLA, Truro

Velveteen Rabbit
Thursday, April 10 – HRM – 8:45 a.m.
Ecole Rockingham School – (902) 457-8986
31 Tremont Drive, Lynn Douglas Principal

William King Elementary – 12:45 p.m.
91 St. Paul’s Avenue, Herring Cove, 479-4200
Stephen Driscoll, Principal, sdriscoll@hrsb.ca

Velveteen Rabbit
Friday, April 11–  Bible Hill (Truro area) – 9:30 a.m.
Bible Hill Elementary, 103 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS (902) 896-5507
Kathy Fougere, Principal, fougerekj@ccrsb.ca

Romeo & Juliet
Saturday, April 12 - Summerside, PEI

Auditions
Sunday, April 13 – 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Maritime Conservatory for Company, summer programs, George Brown Dance

Passover 
April 14-15

Seminar
Monday, April 14 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Eating Disorders in Dance:  Examining our Role in
Treatment and Prevention, IWK Hospital

A seminar for dance teachers and studio owners presented by the IWK, the Eating Disorder Project (Self-Help Connection), Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and Dance NS                            

Ballet 101
Tuesday, April 15 – HRM
Keshen Goodman (10:30 a.m.)
Tantallon (10:30 a.m.)

Ballet 101
Saturday, April 19 – HRM
Alderney Gate (2:30 p.m.)
Sackville Library (2:00 p.m.)

Romeo & Juliet
Tuesday, April 15 (load in at Cohn)

Romeo & Juliet
Wednesday, April 16 8:00 p.m.
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Romeo & Juliet schools matinee
Thursday, April 17 10:30 a.m. (60 min.)

Romeo & Juliet
Thursday, April 17 8:00 p.m.

Good Friday 
Friday, April 18

Easter Sunday 
Sunday, April 20

Easter Monday
Monday, April 21

Romeo & Juliet
Wednesday, April 23 – St. John’s, NL


April 2014

Woozles Childrens Bookstore runs Romeo loves Juliet contest

Woozles in Halifax, NS is Canada's oldest children's book store. During the weeks running up to Canada's Ballet Jorgen's performance of Romeo & Juliet on April 16 and 17, 2014 Woozles is holding an in-store contest: "Romeo Loves Juliet: What do you love?". Many ballet fans are participating in the contest to enter the draw for tickets to the show.


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Photos from our Nocturne performance at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia




Photos from our Ballet 101 event at the Spring Garden Library Branch




Photos from our recent Master Classes at Halifax Dance


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READ ABOUT US IN

Metro News Halifax - Ballet Jörgen Canada brings Swan Lake to the Halifax stage

Truro Daily - Truro dancers performing in Swan Lake this weekend

CBC - Interview with Education Manager & Character Artist Clea Iveson

The Chronicle Herald - Fortress under Swan Lake siege: Ballet stops in Wolfville, Halifax

  April 2013

Ballet Jörgen Canada Returns with a Week of Local Programming including Swan Lake, School Shows and more!

Ballet Jörgen Canada (BJC) is back with a week of local programming in Halifax next week, including the Eastern Canadian premiere of its gorgeous new 25th anniversary production of Swan Lake, performances in local schools and masterclasses and Ballet 101’s in local libraries. Swan Lake has been touring across Canada, reaching seven provinces and thirty-three cities coast to coast. The Globe and Mail’s Dance Critic Paula Citron has called the new production, “an enticing gem”.

Artistic Director and CEO Bengt Jörgen has re-envisioned the classical and dramatic Swan Lake, adding a hint of Canadian heritage as is often a sign of his work. While this major new production showcases the extraordinary beauty of traditional ballet in its purest form, Jörgen re-imagines it in the picturesque seascape of Cape Breton’s Fortress of Louisbourg. The elaborate sets are designed by Camellia Koo, reflecting the beauty of the national
heritage park and providing a dramatic backdrop to Robert Doyle’s 17th century costume designs. Doyle is thrilled to be involved in this unique rendition of Swan Lake, having worked on the original restoration project of Louisbourg. Performances will also take place in Fredericton, Wolfville and Saint John.

The Halifax shows will feature a pre-performance chat by Education Manager and Character Artist, Clea Iveson at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the Sculpture Court of the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Audiences are invited to stay after the show for a celebratory piece of 25th anniversary cake and meet the cast. You can order tickets online at the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s website or call (902) 494-3820; tickets are selling briskly for all performances. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Cohn for Feed Nova Scotia.

Local performers are included in each performance of Swan Lake as it travels across Canada. Halifax is no exception, with auditions for local dancers being held at the Maritimes Conservatory of the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 14. Auditions must be booked in advance (sign up online on BJC’s website) and dancers can also audition for George Brown Dance and summer programs with BJC at this time.

Local children’s bookstore Woozles is celebrating Swan Lake with a special window display and draw for tickets. To enter, participants can bring a ballet drawing to the store at 1533 Birmingham Street or present a dance. Visit www.woozles.com for more information.
The company will also present its children’s ballet A World to Shake to schools in Fredericton, and Halifax Regional Municipality, as well as presenting masterclasses to local ballet schools in Truro, Halifax, Dartmouth and Yarmouth. “Thousands of children across Canada participate in BJC’c programs. We are committed to bringing dance into the classrooms and closer to young people throughout the country,” says Bengt Jörgen. There are also six free presentations in local libraries, affording a chance to learn more about this art form and meet the dancers.

BJC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Michael Young Family Foundation and BMO Financial Group in making Swan Lake possible. The company also acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Aeroplan, and CIBC for their kind and continued support in making ballet part of Canadian life. Halifax programming is made possible by Margaret and David Fountain, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald and KOOL 96.5 FM Radio.
 

October 2012

Ballet Jörgen Canada Back Home in Halifax as part of its 25th Anniversary Season

As part of its 25th Anniversary Season, Ballet Jörgen Canada opens its first of two major home season 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 performances 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 www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s popular Ballet in the Studio (BITS) program returns, 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: http://artscentre.dal.ca, 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: www.balletjorgen.ca/education 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: www.balletjorgencanada.ca/education 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. Local participants will be selected for small roles in the production through dance schools or by audition.

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

 

October 2012

Ballet Jörgen Canada Dance Installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Tuesday, October 23 to Friday October 26

Two performances daily at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Two dancers with ties to Nova Scotia create and perform dance at the AGNS. Ballet Jörgen Canada has commissioned choreographer and Halifax resident, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson to create two pieces inspired by Canadian visual artists on Ballet Jörgen Canada dancer Hannah Mae Cruddas, a Nova Scotia native.

The first piece is inspired by the works of Emily Carr. Performed to the music, Spiegel Im Spiegel, the piece attempts to capture the movement within the brushstrokes of Emily Carr's trees. Similar to the paintings, Ms. Jackson's choreography siezes upon the tension inherent in broad, sweeping and expansive movements performed in a small, confined space.

The second piece is based on and will be danced alongside the multi-media installation by Attila Richard Lukacs recently gifted to the Gallery by BMO Financial Group. Here, Ms. Jackson will focus on the quirky nature of the sculpture asking Hannah Mae to perform contemporary steps that are intricate, quick and overlapping. Darker themes may be in play but the dancer's movements are light, similar to those of a jester.

The audience is invited to engage with Hannah after the performance.

 

September 2012

2012-13 Season in Halifax!

BITS IS BACK!
We are heading to Halifax in October with a repeat performance of Ballet in the Studio (BITS), this time at a new location – the Meinertzhagen Theatre of the Halifax Grammar School. We hope the improved sight lines here will enhance your experience of watching our dancers up close and personal in our eclectic program of new works for the company. That performance takes places on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office – go to http://artscentre.dal.ca.

SOLOS AND DUETS
We will also be holding our fourth annual creative program for Atlantic Canadian choreographers in Halifax, which will culminate in our Solos and Duets program at Halifax Dance Association on Sunday, October 28. Dancers and artistic staff will be available for teaching ballet, pointe and repertoire in Atlantic Canada dance schools from October 21-27 and again in April 15-27, 2013. We’ll offer ballet, pointe, repertoire, hip-hop and jazz classes for different age groups on Sunday, October 30 at Halifax Dance. Pre-registration is required and can be done on our website starting next month.

25TH ANNIVERSARY NEW PRODUCTION – GET TICKETS NOW TO SWAN LAKE!
The 2012/13 season is an important milestone as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary and set the stage for the next quarter century. In keeping with our vision and as a centerpiece for our Silver Anniversary Year, Ballet Jörgen Canada is producing the world’s most renowned classical ballet – Swan Lake - in a major new Canadian production with a cast of more than 30 dancers. The company’s Anniversary Season is the perfect moment to create a stunning new version of this beloved work, in a Swan Lake that will entertain, inspire and delight audiences young and old in thirty-five communities from coast to coast. And tickets make a great holiday gift!

Following on the amazing success of our re-imagining of the Nutcracker in the spirit of our Canadian heritage through the Group of Seven, Swan Lake is set in and around Cape Breton Island’s Fortress of Louisbourg in the mid 1700s. The costumes are being created by Robert Doyle, one of Canada’s most distinguished designers, who has strong ties to Nova Scotia through his extensive work at Neptune Theatre, Dalhousie University’s Theatre Department, as well as the Nova Scotia Tattoo.

We will be giving three performances of Swan Lake at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on April 18th and 19th along with a number of community events surrounding this major ballet. Tickets are on sale now at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office (http://artscentre.dal.ca, 902-494-3820) – don’t miss this major ballet event in Halifax! And come meet the company after the show and have a piece of 25th anniversary cake with us.

DANCE WITH US/AUDITIONS/SUMMER SCHOOL
Auditions for George Brown Dance programs (P101, P102 & P103), Ballet Jörgen Canada’s premier post secondary dance training, and for BJC’s advanced summer programs (Junior Company & Summer Intensive IV) are taking place on Sunday, October 30, 2012 and Sunday, April 14, 2013. Registration is required. To audition for Ballet Jörgen Canada, register for the April 14, 2013 audition. Local Participants will be auditioned for roles in the Swan Lake performances; watch for the audition dates, on line registration is coming soon. For any questions about Education programs please contact Clea Iveson, Education Manager at education@balletjorgen.ca or 416-415-5000 x 4928.

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING
While we’re on the road, we’ll be bringing our beautiful children’s ballet A World to Shake back to schools in Atlantic Canada. If you know of a school that would like to have this show presented, please let us know. Last year we performed in schools in New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland, as well as Greenwood, Berwick, Stewiacke, Truro, Halifax, Dartmouth, Wolfville and Louisdale in Nova Scotia. We will also present a school matinee show of our brand new production of Swan Lake at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on April 19 – thanks for passing this information along to any friends and family who are educators.

In addition to education and performances, Ballet Jörgen Canada places special focus on community programming. Our vision is to make ballet relevant, comfortable, part of growing up, part of the fabric of regular life, as community friendly as hockey or curling. This spring in Halifax we worked through the library system and presented six events, reaching out to many who could otherwise not see what live ballet is all about. We are developing partnerships to target priority neighbourhoods, black youth and commissioning new works for presentations in venues such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Local choreographer Ruth Ellen Kroll Jackson will create a new work on Nova Scotian ballerina, Hannah Mae Cruddas for presentation this October at AGNS. Check the library schedule (www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca) to find out all the details about our free library visits throughout HRM.

You can learn more about how to purchase tickets for all these performances by visiting our website, www.balletjorgencanada.ca. Please let your family and friends know about our upcoming performances, and encourage them to find us on Facebook or visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/balletjorgencanada.


 

August 2012

Choreographer Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson works with dancer Hannah Mae Cruddas

Choreographer Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson works with dancer Hannah Mae Cruddas on a new solo in Halifax. The work, in part inspired by Emily Carr, will premiere at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this fall, October 22 – 26.


  April 2012

Dartmouth dancer leaps to Ballet Jorgen apprenticeship

MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AGO, Dartmouth’s Hannah Mae Cruddas was onstage with Ballet Jorgen Canada as a guest dancer, playing the young Anastasia.

Today, the 18-year-old is an apprentice with the company, and, after performing in Anastasia in Halifax and Wolfville, as well as in New Brunswick and P.E.I., she’s heading to Truro for Classical & Contemporary Ballet on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

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  August 2011

Hannah Mae Cruddas on Breakfast Television!

Halifax dancer with a passion for pirouettes and plies! Hannah Mae Cruddas joined Heidi in the Breakfast Television studio to talk about her experience at the Ballet Jörgen workshop where dancers from all over the world audition for.


July 2011

2011-2012 Atlantic Canada Annual Report now available for download!


June 2011

2011-2012 Season Announced!

This season’s four feature ballets are the brand new A World to Shake, the audience favourite The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition, Classical and Contemporary Ballet – featuring new, edgy works - and the wonderful and tragic Anastasia. The season is has over 50 scheduled full length performances from Nelson, BC to Summerside, PEI, and for the first time ever, 2 performances in the Northwest Territories. The season and everything within it is Re-imagined, Rediscovered.


 

May 2011

Leica Hardy

Ballet Jörgen Canada congratulates Halifax based dance artist Leica Hardy on her Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary's University for her outstanding contribution to the field of dance in her community.


April 2011

Palooka Project

We're participating in the exciting Palooka Project on Sunday, May 1 at 8:00PM - the exciting "dance in a ring" event where we get to perform inside an old boxing gym! The Chronicle-Herald did a short story, and you can find more information at the Kinetic Studio website.

Read Full Chronicle-Herald Story     |     Visit Kinetic Studio online


April 2011

NS Dance School Ticket-Off

 

Members of Leica Hardy School of Dance, Halifax Dance, Coastal Dance, Maritime Conservatory, Maritime Dance Academy, Cadance Academy and Truro Dance Academy (and their families) can compete to win free tickets for their whole school! Register here - the school with the most entries at the end of the weekend wins! (and everyone else can buy $20 tickets at the group rate)


April 2011

Coppélia for a Day!

Our favourite contest returns to complement the Coppélia performance on April 19th. Meet our professional dancers, speak with Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen, even see the backstage magic of the ballet! There's nothing like seeing the ballet from this close, register now for your chance to win!

Click here to register, or press the "win" button on the side!


March 2011

Early Bird Special!

Buy early bird tickets to Coppelia: A Comedy with Love (on stage April 19, 2011 at the Cohn)! Get 20% off your tickets when you buy at least one adult and one student/senior/children ticket. Offer available during March 4-7, 2011 by phone or in person only. Tickets: $20-$39.

CALL (902) 494-3820


November 2010

Chronicle-Herald reviews Ballet in the Studio

"Frog and Toad takes stage on home turf"

"It's not surprising that Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson's new work is based on a children's story. The Dartmouth-based choreographer-dancer-teacher is the mother of two daughters - Ellery, seven, and Viola, five - and a son, Xavier, three..."

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October 2010

Atlantic Canada brochure now available online for download

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October 2010

Ballet Jörgen Canada celebrates success in Atlantic Canada

Successful performances at the Halifax Dance Association and the Maritime Conservatory mark the beginning of a great 2010-2011 Atlantic Canada Season. Thank you to friends and patrons who made our fall visit so special.

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