Moncton ballet company looks to move the needle on immigration onstage and off

When he takes the stage wearing a traveller’s suit and black pointe shoes and clutching a worn suitcase, Thomas Badrock’s job is to convey the stark displacement often felt by newcomers to Canada.

He does not find this hard. Mr. Badrock, 21, immigrated to Moncton from Liverpool, England, last year for a job at the Atlantic Ballet. It is Canada’s most easterly professional ballet and one that has to rely almost exclusively on immigrants to fill its ranks.

“It was like starting a life all over again,” said Mr. Badrock, who, before landing here, had seen his new home only on the map. “It was so far away." Continue reading HERE

Photo: Yuriko Diyanova, right, from Japan, laughs while jokingly supporting fellow dancer Biel Torra Matamala, from Spain, before the company's first rehearsal of the season at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, N.B. on Jan. 29, 2019.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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