The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is bringing the acclaimed Ghosts of Violence to the Mount Allison campus on Tuesday, Oct. 8. PHOTO SUBMITTED
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s national Celebrate Courage initiative to end violence against girls and women comes to Mount Allison University on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a free student and faculty performance of the powerful and award-winning Ghosts of Violence multimedia ballet.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Mount Allison president Robert Campbell, followed at 6:40 p.m. by a pre-show discussion with Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada artistic director Igor Dobrovolskiy, Ghosts of Violence playwright Sharon Pollock and community partners. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
Prior to the performance, from 5:30 p.m. there will be exhibits by community service providers and the Mount Allison Students’ Union where students will have an opportunity to learn more about the issue of intimate-partner violence.
“We are very pleased to have the strong support of Mount Allison University president Dr. Robert Campbell and the students’ union,” said Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada CEO. “By exposing this issue to people at a young age, we hope to play a role in breaking the cycle. Intimate-partner violence against girls and women, including dating violence, has enormous social and economic costs for society.”
Ghosts of Violence was named best ballet with a conscience for 2012 by The Globe and Mail’s senior dance critic, Paula Citron. As well, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada won the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award in 2012 for its efforts in raising awareness about domestic violence.
“This year, we welcomed new dancers from Italy, France, Florida and Montreal, so we are looking forward to them having one of their first public performances with our company at Mount Allison University, an institution with a long history of appreciation for the arts,” said Chalmers-Gauvin. “Along with our other talented dancers, they are hard at work rehearsing to ensure that the power and poignancy of Ghosts of Violence comes through from the stage.”
The Celebrate Courage project is touring to 40 communities in Canada over three years. This innovative project engages the public in reducing violence against women by pairing community engagement activities with performances of Ghosts of Violence. Community engagement activities target the general public and youth and include booths providing information on community resources, presentations, distribution of educational tools and resources, and face-to-face discussions. In addition, programming aimed at young people will include individual and group projects for participants to address intimate-partner violence and dating violence against women and girls in their lives and communities.
National community partners in the Celebrate Courage project include the Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Social Workers and the RCMP’s National Crime Prevention division.
At the end of January 2014, Ghosts of Violence begins a Canadian tour that will bring the ballet to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
About Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is a neo-classical ballet company dedicated to performing original works by choreographer Igor Dobrovolskiy, also artistic director at Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. Founded in 2001 by Dobrovolskiy and CEO Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, the company pursues a continuous creative process through collaboration with like-minded artists. The company performs throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Germany. For more information on the company, visit their website at www.atlanticballet.ca.