Canada’s Ballet Jörgen performs Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ill-fated love

Guelph, ON January 6, 2014 – One of Shakespeare’s best known tragedies is brought to life through dance in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s production of Romeo & Juliet. The ballet is slated for performance on the Main Stage at River Run Centre on Friday, January 17 at 8pm. It is presented as part of the RBC Showcase Series.

Ballet Jörgen’s interpretation of Romeo & Juliet is faithful to the characters and storyline of Shakespeare’s play, and is set to Prokofiev’s classic score. The title characters, hailing from the feuding Capulets and Montagues, are star-crossed but ill-fated lovers. Bengt Jörgen’s choreography captures the heartrending plight of Romeo and Juliet. Through movement the dancers convey the rollercoaster of emotions: the euphoria of new love, the anguish caused by family feuds, and the inconsolable despair felt by both Romeo and Juliet at the prospect of carrying on without the other.

“Our story of love begins with the smell of a rose and the prick of a thorn,” explains choreographer and creative director Bengt Jörgen. “The journey as two lovers unite and a mother defies – in the end it’s a story that’s more pure than dark.”

Reviewers have offered great praise for Jörgen’s interpretation of this classic work. Paula Citron of The Globe and Mail declared that “Bengt Jörgen crafts a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet,” while Michael Crabb of The National Post wrote that Romeo & Juliet is “a production that looks like a ballet but feels like a play.”

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is recognized for the innovation, warmth, humour and beauty in its works. For over 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences and outreach. The company gives over 120 performances per year, sharing the art of dance with some 50,000 people across Canada and the United States.

Tickets start at $37 for adults, $35 for students and seniors and $25 for youth. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at

Ella Pauls
| Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589