Canada’s National Ballet School partners with photographer Joël Bénard for Contact Photography Festival

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Canada’s National Ballet School partners with photographer Joël Bénard for Contact Photography Festival

April 21, 2011…Canada’s National Ballet School is pleased to announce that it will partake in Scotiabank’s annual Contact Photography Festival in a collaborative effort with photographer Joël Bénard.   NBS will host Bénard’s exhibit, entitled Grounded, from May 4 through May 28.

Joël Bénard’s exhibit features photographs of the feet and faces of students of Canada’s National Ballet School.  Bénard describes his work as ‘creating juxtaposed portraits that illustrate the hard work and determination of the performers.’ Grounded opens May 4, and continues throughout the month.  Open Monday – Friday from 5 – 9pm, Saturdays from 10 – 5 and Sundays from 10 -1, the exhibit is free for the public to attend.  Grounded is housed in NBS’ Mona Campbell Square, in the Celia Franca Centre, located at 400 Jarvis Street.

Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival is the largest photography event on a global scale. Over 1,000 artists, consisting of local, national and international individuals, meet to share their work and celebrate the art of photography. Gathering an audience of over 1.5 million, Contact’s theme this year, Figure and Ground, is inspired by the writings of Marshall McLuhan.

Joël Bénard is a Toronto-based photographer who has photographed NBS students for many years.  More information about his work can be found at his website.

About Canada’s National Ballet School

Canada’s National Ballet School is a world leader in the training of professional dancers and teachers. Dedicated to moving the world through teaching and celebrating dance, NBS is committed to providing dance through community engagement in addition to recreational and professional programs. NBS graduates can be found as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and administrators in over 65 dance companies world wide, and in even more schools around the globe. NBS celebrated its 50th anniversary year from September, 2009 – June, 2010.

Canada’s National Ballet School is grateful for the generosity of the following major supporters: The Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, Active 2010, the City of Toronto, the British Columbia Arts Council, Human Resources and Development Canada.

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