Cinderella is coming to Halifax.
Canadian-based theatre company Ballet Jorgen is bringing its version of Cinderella to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Sweden’s Hampus Gauffin stars as Prince Charming and will be the one courting on stage for Cinderella’s attention at the magic ball.
Tomorrow’s performance ends a three-month Canada-wide tour of this ballet version of the classic fairy tale. Touring began in Vancouver and has played in theatres across the country.
“For us to do Cinderella, it is a big deal because it’s a big ballet,” Gauffin said yesterday. “It’s a big story, lots of dancers and beautiful costumes.”
While a national tour, Ballet Jorgen incorporates local talent into each of its shows. Halifax will be no different. Four experienced dance students from across the Maritimes have been chosen or recommended by their teachers to be part of the Cinderella cast.
Sarah Hopkin of Halifax Dance Association, Emma Van Zeumeren of the Leica Hardy School of Dance, Lauren MacEachern of Maritime Dance Academy and Danielle Keating of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts will take on roles from the Cinderella story.
“We (also) try and do classes with the local dance schools. We have at least one show every year here, be it Cinderella or Romeo and Juliet,” Gauffin said. “What ever we do we always make sure we come to Halifax.”
Gauffin has been dancing for 12 years, since he was 10. He said there’s a lot of work involved in becoming a professional ballet dancer.
“You can’t be stingy about going in and putting in the work and sweating,” he said.
“The sweat, blood and tears, it’s very true for ballet in general but mostly important to have fun and believe in yourself.”
Tickets for Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Cinderella cost between $22 and $47.50. Tickets are available at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium box office or online at artscentre.dal.ca.