1 Avenue of the Arts
Choreography by Jorden Morris
Friday, May 16 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 17 @ 2:00pm
Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00pm
Ordering: 401-421-ARTS (2787) or www.TheVetsRI.com
Group Sales (discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more) contact 401.680.4733
Characters don’t just fly in this adaptation of the classic story of a boy that never grows up; they dance in the air. Royal Winnipeg (Canada) Ballet’s popular choreographer Jorden Morris (Moulin Rouge) created this spectacular production in 2006, to such great success that it has since been set around North America, but never before in New England. Canada’s The Globe and Mail said of the ballet’s initial 2006 premiere: “Peter Pan is one of the prettiest ballets in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet repertoire…from the starry skies behind the nursery window to the misty forests of Neverland and the colorful bridge deck of Hook’s Jolly Roger.”
One of the most spectacular aspects of this production of Peter Pan is its use of innovative theatrical techniques by Foy Inventerprises (also known as Flying by Foy), a production company that owes its existence to Peter Pan having created the flying sequences in this ballet. Now known the world over Flying by Foy has created the flying techniques and systems used in hundreds of movies, concerts, commercials, television shows, and theatrical productions. Foy has “flown” numerous stars, including “Peter Pans” Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby, as well as celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Jack Benny, Robin Williams, Lucille Ball, Beyonce, David Letterman, Taylor Swift and Gene Kelly. Foy will send a flying director to oversee the flight set-up at the Vets and to conduct an “Introduction to Flying” class for FBP dancers. Though the systems Foy uses are highly complex and utilize state-of-the-art technology, the company never loses sight of the intent of founder Peter Foy: to create magic in the theater.
After retiring from the stage as a principal dancer, Jorden began to study and explore choreography. He attended New York University studying dance and theatre arts. Jorden also worked with Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine from the Paris Opera, studying early French choreography.
In 1999 Jorden premiered “The Three Musketeers”. This first work was a one act ballet depicting the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. In 2000, Jorden choreographed “Elle est Quatre” for the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. This contemporary work to the music of Aaron Copland was taken to the Birmingham arts festival after its premiere at ASFA. Jorden was commissioned by Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic director Andre Lewis to choreograph two works for the visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth in 2000. The pas de deux “Faure”, and “Pas Espagnol”, a classical group piece for the RWB Professional Division were performed for her majesty and broadcast nationally on CBC television. In 2002 Jorden took on the concept, direction and choreography of “Head Start/Feet First”. The project was collaboration between the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and four intercity high schools. Jorden choreographed the popular work “Free zone” for this project as well as the finale, which incorporated 160 dancers on stage.
In 2003, Jorden took the popular children’s television show “The Toy Castle” and transformed it into an interactive live dance performance. Directed and choreographed by Jorden, the production incorporated a live host with interactive dance for pre-school children. Since then, Jorden has re-staged the work for Atlanta Ballet. Jorden starred in the television series and was nominated for a Genie award in 2003. In 2005, Jorden created the Celtic themed ballet “Deverell”, one of his most popular and well known works. A favourite of critics and audiences, “Deverell” continues to be re-staged and taken on tour.
Jorden choreographed the Salute to Vienna Concert series in 2005 and 2006. After the success of Jorden’s work in the Winnipeg 2005 series, his choreography was taken to Hamilton and Kitchener performances as well as Winnipeg in 2006. In December of 2006, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presented the world premiere of Jorden’s full length classical ballet “Peter Pan”. The critically acclaimed work played to sold out houses over the Christmas season and on tour in Canada, making it the biggest box office success in the company’s history.
Jorden’s second full length creation, “Moulin Rouge” had its world premiere in October 2009. Additional performances were added in Winnipeg and on tour due to box office demand for this one of a kind production. “Moulin Rouge” ticket sales surpassed “Peter Pan” and it is now the company’s biggest box office success to date. In the fall of 2010 Jorden re-staged “Moulin Rouge” for Atlanta Ballet. In 2011 Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presented “Peter Pan”, and performed “Moulin Rouge” in 2013 to sold out houses and additional performances added.
In the spring of 2011 Jorden was commissioned to choreograph a new work for the Canadian Genie Awards. Broadcast nationally, “Dance me to the end of Love” was created to Leonard Cohen lyrics and orchestrated by the award winning musical group Karkwa. In the spring of 2012, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet premiered two new works by Jorden. “The Doorway” is set to the music, poetry and voice of Leonard Cohen. “MOA”, a work inspired by the artist Egon Schiele was performed at the “In Concert” showcase. After playing to over 150,000 people on tour in North America, “Moulin Rouge” will make its return to Canadian audiences in 2013, and be transformed into a full feature dance film. Most recently, Jorden choreographed “I won’t let you go” with principal dancers from the National Ballet of Canada, and singer songwriter Jacob Hoggard for the live broadcast of the Giller Prize awards on CBC National Television.