For over 30 years Canada’s Ballet Jörgen had made a commitment to communities across Canada. Their mission is to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, education and community engagement. Every year the Company tours from coast to coast travelling over 50,000 km to reach underserved communities. CBJ reaches every province, delivering more than 1,500 performances, ballet classes and community engagement events involving over 60,000 participants annually.
Bengt Jörgen, Co-founder, CEO and artistic director was awarded the Order of Canada for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the arts.
ROMEO & JULIET
A deeply evocative ballet that will touch audiences with its emotion, wit and sheer beauty
This ballet masterfully tells Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and revenge. While remaining true to the original story, Bengt Jörgen has focused on principal scenes and characters in order to create a clear and emotionally driven journey. Jörgen’s choreography follows the development of its lead characters, Romeo and Juliet and mirrors the progression of their fated relationship. Ballet Jörgen Canada’s interpretation of this timeless classic has won international recognition and critical acclaim. It has been showcased in major cities and communities across Canada, the United States,China, and Hong Kong. The beautifully minimalist, flexible sets designed by Glenn Davidson, are easily integrated into the choreography and moved fluidly from scene to scene. Renaissance Italy comes to life in a riot of colour with costumes by Gary Dahms.
A production that looks like a ballet but feels like a play."
The National Post
Bengt Jörgen crafts a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet."
The Globe and Mail
Bengt Jörgen, C.M.
Set & Lighting Design
Number of Dancers: 14
Local Participants: 6-10
Run Time: 2 hours with break