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Author:  Michael Goldbarth [ Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:17 pm ]
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The shoes are OFF in a toe-to-toe no holds barred dance-off to see just who has the best Cinderella in Canada! You can add Ballet Jörgen to the NBoC and RWB in revised Cinderella creations. Michael Crabb was very impressed declaring the tiny company that could as presenting “A Classic Refreshed!” Unfortunately, it is only available for National Post subscribers. The highlights will not please lovers (Stuart Sweeney) of the score:

“Like most Cinderella ballets, Jörgen’s is choreographed to Sergei Prokofiev’s problematic 1945 score; problematic because the composer’s dissonances and often sardonic tone do not always jell with the fairy-tale sweetness of the story. Jörgen largely circumvents the problem by playing to the score’s ironic qualities where appropriate, while taking full advantage of it’s more lyrically compelling and romantic moments.”
What can I write but it is reassuring that a fellow great mind agrees with Michael Goldbarth’s impression of the score:

“Dance Maestro James Kudelka almost choreographed the impossible-camouflaging a Prokofiev musical score far too sardonic for a fairy tale ballet through innovative steps, stunning costumes, eye-opening lighting, and a down to earth set. This production of Cinderella was choreographed with wow and hearty guffaws galore! The ballet still cries out to be scored anew but this version is more than acceptable. This is a Cinderella that will tour Canada-and maybe just maybe the world!

… Now, if only Kudelka could raise the funds to rewrite the score? Perhaps, Cinderella will be scored anew with a gelling of jazz á la Michel Legrand with classical music.”
Michael Crabb goes on to reveal that this Cinderella contains an interesting twist:

“Rather than promising to be home by midnight, Cinderella must avoid being kissed in order not to be exposed as who she really is.

Naturally, with as pretty and vivacious a Cinderella as 10-year Ballet Jörgen veteran Tara Butler, it is hardly surprising that her prince, the lanky former Royal Winnipeg now Ohio Ballet member Toby George, cannot resist lip contact.”
MMMmmmmmmmmmm! That certainly was a delicious review.
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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:38 pm ]
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Paula Citron reviews Ballet Jorgen's "Cinderella" in The Globe and Mail: ... ery=ballet

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:48 am ]
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Ballet Jorgen performs Bengt Jorgen's "Anastasia" in Halifax on Friday, March 30, 2012 and on April 7, 2012 in Wolfville. Andrea Nemetz previews the performances for the ChronicleHerald.


Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:08 am ]
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For his company's 25th anniversary season in 2012-13, artistic director Bengt Jorgen will create a new "Swan Lake" set in the Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. The Chronicle Herald previews the production.

Chronicle Herald

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:36 pm ]
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"Swan Lake" debuts in Markham, Ontario, September 28-29, 2012. Michael Crabb reports for the Toronto Star.

Toronto Star

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:39 am ]
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Devin Gray previews "Swan Lake" for the Toronto Observer.

Toronto Observer

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:32 pm ]
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Paula Citron reviews "Swan Lake" in Toronto for the Globe and Mail.

Globe and Mail

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:45 am ]
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In the Globe and Mail, Paula Citron reviews Ballet Jorgen's mixed bill, "Formation," presented at Toronto's Betty Oliphant Theatre, the first weekend in October 2013.

Globe and Mail

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:22 am ]
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In the Hamilton Spectator, Gary Smith talks to Bengt Jorgen about his new production of The Sleeping Beauty, opening October 2, 2015 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Hamilton Spectator

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