Artistic Director & CEO
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Bengt Jörgen is the current Artistic Director Producer of Ballet Jörgen Canada and George Brown Dance. He is a winner of the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and has created over 30 ballets for numerous ballet and opera companies including the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the American Ballet Studio Company, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton and the Hong Kong Ballet.
His critically acclaimed version of Romeo & Juliet led to the development of Coppélia, an international co-production between the Hong Kong Ballet and Ballet Jörgen Canada that will rotate between the two companies for a ten year period.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Bengt Jörgen is a graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He moved to Canada to further his studies at the National Ballet School of Canada, and from 1982-1985 he was a member of the National Ballet of Canada where he began to choreograph for the company’s choreographic workshops.
In 1987 he co-founded Ballet Jörgen Canada, with real-life partner Susan Bodie.
In 1989, he was appointed resident choreographer of George Brown College and in 1992 his artistic vision led to the formation of a partnership with the college. He is currently Artistic Director of George Brown Dance, a post-secondary institution at George Brown College.
His full-length version of The Nutcracker premiered in 1995 and his Romeo & Juliet enjoyed its Hong Kong premiere with the Hong Kong Ballet in October 1999.
His commitment to creating original work coupled with his demonstrated choreographic and artistic vision continues to lead his company, school and work to local, national and international acclaim.