Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 12, 2010 17:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Senator (New Brunswick), today announced funding for the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada (ABTC) to enable the touring ballet company to increase the artistic quality of its productions through the use of new technology.

This funding will enable ABTC to expand its creative and technical capacity through the use of specialized lighting and video equipment. With the equipment, the company will move into a specialized niche of combining ballet and integrated technologies. This movement will not only widen its repertoire of genres, but also broaden its audience base.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada in improving its technological capability," said Minister Moore. "This project will undoubtedly help the ballet company attract larger audiences, thereby contributing to the cultural and economic vitality of the region."

"I am pleased with this investment in the future of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada," said Senator Stewart Olsen. "With such support, this professional ballet touring company will now offer an even higher quality of performances to regional and international audiences."

"This funding from Canadian Heritage will result in a significant expansion in the creative and technical capacity of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada," said Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. "This specialized equipment will assist our company in developing innovative creations with enhanced production values that will ultimately increase our audience base, revenues and accessibility."

ABTC, established in 2001, is Atlantic Canada's only professional ballet company. It creates, produces, and tours professional productions in the Atlantic provinces, the rest of Canada, and around the world. The company will launch a world premiere of its new production, Ghosts of Violence, in February 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This production examines the issue of domestic violence and is a new frontier for the company. ABTC also conducts outreach activities such as presentations, dance workshops, lectures, and master classes with community groups, the dance community, and schools.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $84,290 through the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations