A new commission by modern dance great Robert Desrosiers should boost the profile of Ballet Jörgen, which is often in the shadow of that other local ballet troupe. Desrosier's Rendezvous gets its world premiere this weekend in a mixed program of works by Crystal Pite, Benjamin Hatcher and company artistic director Bengt Jörgen.
"Rendezvous is about relationships, and Robert has created some stunning imagery," says Jörgen about the new one-act piece that Desrosiers been working on over the past year.
"I'd seen some of his works that were focused on movement, and I told him I was excited about that kind of stuff for the company," says Jörgen. "So although it'll be very theatrical, because Robert is a master of theatrics, the emphasis will be on the movement."
It's also small enough in scale to tour, which is important for a Ballet Jörgen show. The company travels to 50 communities a year, more than any other troupe in the country.
"We're the fifth-largest dance company in the country, and the second-largest in Toronto," says Jörgen. "In Toronto, over 10,000 people see our shows every year, but our focus hasn't been in the downtown core but in the outlying areas."
This summer the troupe will perform in parks in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.
Jörgen's own production of Petrushka, also on this weekend's bill, typifies the company's approach to the art form.
"Our productions aren't about costumes and sets," he says. "I want to create excitement through movement. I want to be able to tell a story convincingly and mesmerizingly without relying too much on props and other devices."
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Alumnae Theatre has put out a call for non-Equity directors for its 2007-08 season. Productions for the year include Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory Of Water, Michel Tremblay's For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again, Noel Coward's Hay Fever and a new play, Lucy Brennan's Daughter Of The House.
All four are available for reading at the Toronto Reference Library's arts desk.
If you're interested in applying, send a resumé and brief statement indicating which play you'd would like to direct and the reason why to email@example.com. Deadline is March 31; selected candidates will be contacted for an April interview.
trey anthony's 'Da Kink In My Hair keeps getting braided with more laurels. It debuted in London, England, last fall, and now an earlier Los Angeles version has been nominated for five Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards for ensemble cast, playwright, direction, music direction and sound.
If you didn't catch it on the several occasions it played in Toronto, wait until next fall. Global's airing a TV version of the show.