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Ballet Jörgen's Hannah Mae Cruddas and Elizabeth Gagnon in Anne of Green Gables. Linda Schettle, Courtesy Ballet Jörgen.

Last year we found out that Canada's Ballet Jörgen was creating a full-length ballet based on one of our all-time favorite children's books—Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables—and, needless to say, we were thrilled. It seems that audiences everywhere feel the same way. Since its premiere in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September of 2019, artistic director Bengt Jörgen's production has been presented in a long list of cities across Canada and the upper United States.

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Kevin Lloyd Photography, Courtesy Ballet Jörgen

Canada's Ballet Jörgen is committed to telling Canadian stories by Canadian choreographers. For its next full-length ballet, director Bengt Jörgen turned to what he calls "perhaps the most quintessential Canadian story" of all time: Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, about the flame-haired, precocious orphan Anne Shirley. Jörgen is choreographing the work, which will debut in Halifax, Nova Scotia (not far from Anne's fictional home in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island), on September 28 before embarking on a two-year tour of Canada and the U.S.

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