Come out and see Ballet Jorgen’s new mixed program, Dance For All Project! The program will showcase excerpts from major classical ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker along with contemporary creations by Ontario choreographers. Excerpts from the company’s smash hit Anne of Green Gales – The Ballet will also be on the program. Founded in 1987, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen is a national organization headquartered in Toronto that is focused on making the arts accessible for all Canadians, with a special focus on underserved communities and demographics. Known for the warmth and beauty of its productions, Ballet Jorgen offers a range of in person and virtual performances, dance classes and community engagement events involving over 65, 000 participants annually across every Canadian province and into the United States.
Alberta’s JUNO award nominated “Over the Moon” are totally immersed in real cowboy country. Their music is a wild ride from 40’s western swing and Appalachian old time, to cowboy blues, all featuring their meant-to-be vocals and a wide array of acoustic instruments. Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are both award winning multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. After discovering their near perfect lend of voices, often moving people to tears upon hearing them sing together, they stepped over the threshold and Over the Moon was born. Simple and sweet, their music and lyrics have a common thread that speaks of the Canadian West.
With a decade and a half of bringing their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs, Christine Tassan er les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. The latest show of these four exquisitely talented musicians brings together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Felix Leclerc and American swing composers. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the string and draws inspiration from one artist’s poetry and the other’s swing to weave a rich new musical universe. They’ve expanded their concept to the wonderful swing music of some contemporary “friends” of Django and Felix. They revisited hit songs created by George Gershwin, Louis Prima or Charlie Chaplin and blend them nicely with Django’s beautiful melodies.
Prisoner of Tehran, based on the book of the same name, is a unique collaboration between Iranian born writer/speaker Marina Nemat and MOTUS O. This unique performance piece is a synthesis of theatre, video and storytelling that swims in a landscape of movement brushing the themes of oppression, persecution, survival and most of all HOPE. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Marina was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home every since. Marina’s book Prisoner of Tehran has been published in 28 other countries and is an international best seller. After each show a Question and Answer period will take place. Prisoner of Tehran has toured much of Canada including performances to over 10, 000 high school students.