Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal: Award presentation at premiere of new immersive work within the dome of the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal

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Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Award presentation at premiere of new immersive work within the dome of the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal. 

Toronto ON – (October 18, 2012) – On Sunday, October 21, Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Jörgen Canada will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the i-Canada Summit in Montreal.

Mr. Jörgen is one of 38 recipients announced by The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and i-CANADA for their significant contribution to Canadian Life.  “Many have been technology innovators as well as catalysts for national transformation.” stated John Reid, President of CATA.  ”Bengt Jorgen has created Canada’s most active Ballet company, bringing professional-level dance to ordinary citizens in communities across the country. As “Canada’s Local Ballet Company”, Ballet Jorgen is making ballet accessible.  This is a significant contribution to Canada, and therefore is absolutely deserving of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.” 

To honour their work, the high technology sector is planning a Special Award Ceremony Dinner at the i-CANADA SUMMIT Conference in Montreal on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2012.  As part of the celebration a new immersive media experience work has been created called “A Canada in Conversation”.  Dance, technology and music will be combined to visualize the flow of information between people, inside the impressive dome at SAT (Society for Arts and Technology) in Montreal. 

In a challenging and beautiful effect, Ballet Jörgen Canada artist Taylor Gill will combine technology and movement in a new form of dance.  Ms. Gill’s partner in the dance is a swirl of shimmering fabrics that tumble in a vortex of billowing air.  The effect was invented by New York experiential artist Daniel Wurtzel. 

Within the immersive dome of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) in Montreal, the dance will feature a second unusual effect: the lighting will be moderated according to the rate of flow of Internet traffic across Canada.  The dance “is a novel presentation of technology, creativity, and interactive networking  -  social media up-close and meaningful,” according to i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander.  I-CANADA is a partner with Ballet Jorgen in the dance project. 

While the event is not open to the general public, both the award ceremony and the dance will be live-streamed on the Internet, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday October 21st.  The URL will be posted on this site:  www.icanada.nu 

An HD recording of the dance will be made available on the Internet, and will be used to generate support for the Leave Out Violence (LOVE) program.  LOVE is an award-winning youth violence prevention program that relies on youth challenged by violence to become agents of change, capable of transforming their own lives, by investing themselves in their communities, and making the world a safer place.

Celebrating 25 years Ballet Jörgen Canada is widely recognized for its innovative approach supporting the creation of new ballets, education and community engagement annually connecting dance with more communities in Canada than any other arts organization. Ballet Jörgen Canada’s digital and new technologies programs are made possible with support of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation. 

i-CANADA is a movement dedicated to the creation of Intelligent Communities across the country, in which people are supported by digital tools that provide greater expression, enhanced living standards, sustainable ecologies, and open futures.

Contact: Colin Asucncion at marketing@balletjorgen.ca
(416-451.5000 x2886) or Barry Gander at
 bgander@cata.ca  

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