by Paula Citron
The very ambitious Ballet Jörgen Canada is kick-starting it’s 20th
anniversary season, with two full-length ballets in two
Toronto parks. The evening performances are Bengt Jörgen’s
“Cinderella”, while special children’s matinees feature Benjamin
Hatcher’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The good news is that the
The mandate of BJC’s Ballet in the Park is to take free performances of
professional ballet to the hinterland, and about 300 people of all ages showed up for the opening night of “Cinderella” at Etienne Brulé Park in Etobicoke. Given the enthusiastic response, BJC was a big hit.
Ballet in the Park works because is it is a logical extension of BJC’s
raison d’être. The company spends almost its entire season on the road,
and its full-length ballets are geared for touring. A park is just another
place to perform. You just have to bring your own stage.
Ballet Jörgen Canada performs Ballet in the Park at North York’s Earl Bales Park Aug. 3 to 7.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.