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CANADA’S NEW GOVERNMENT HELPS ATLANTIC BALLET THEATRE COMPETE ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE

 

October 05, 2006 - Moncton, New Brunswick

As the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada undertakes final
preparations for the world premiere of its original ballet
Phantom of the Opera, Canada’s New Government today
announced an investment of $440, 882 to help the Company
mount its fifth full-length original ballet while ensuring
production standards necessary to compete on the
international stage.

The project is the cornerstone to the Atlantic Ballet
Theatre’s export strategy as it moves into the
international touring market.

“Canada’s New Government recognizes the importance of
culture not only as a vital part of this country’s social
fabric, but also in terms of its economic potential,” said
the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Regional Minister for New Brunswick. “Our government
has invested in cultural enterprises to help them grow,
thrive and contribute,” added Minister Thompson on behalf
of the Honourable Peter MacKay Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(ACOA).

“This kind of substantial support from ACOA has made a
significant contribution to ensuring that the Atlantic
Ballet Theatre of Canada continues to develop as a world
class ballet company with high artistic and production
standards,” explained Company Founder Susan Chalmers-
Gauvin. “Our performance schedule this year is 45
productions in seven provinces, the Southern United States
and Europe. With this kind of exposure we anticipate even
greater demand and opportunities in the future,” she
continued.

Established in 2001, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
is the only professional ballet company in Atlantic
Canada. Its mandate is to enrich the cultural fabric of
the region and, from that home base, to present
international-calibre ballet performances to dance
audiences throughout the world.

For more information contact:

Patricia Field
Communications
ACOA NB
506-452-4287

Gerald A. Lefebvre
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Thompson
613-996-4649

Sheila Duggan, Communications Director
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
Tel: 506-383-5951
Cell: 613-797-8199