Jorden Morris is an Alberta-born, internationally renowned ballet choreographer and director. He trained at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Jorden began his career with the RWB after graduating, and quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer, performing lead roles in both classical and contemporary works. After retiring from his career on stage, Jorden studied choreography and theater arts at New York University, as well as early French choreography from Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine of the Paris Opera.
Jorden premiered his first work in 1999, a one-act interpretation of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers.
He choreographed three works in 2000: One for the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, that would go on to be performed at the Birmingham Arts Festival. Jorden was also commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to choreograph two pieces for HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her Canadian visit that year, which were broadcast nationally by the CBC.
Jorden then expanded his career by taking the position of Ballet Master and assistant to the Director at Boston Ballet. Jorden rose to the rank of Chief Ballet Master and was the interim Director for the 2001 season.
After returning to Canada as Associate School Director for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Jorden was commissioned to create his first full-length work Peter Pan. This production became the biggest box office in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s history, until it was surpassed three years later by his next full-length ballet, Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet . Since its creation in 2009, Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet has been on tour across North America and Europe and has been seen by over 180,000 people in theatres. Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet was made into a full feature film in 2013 and distributed by Cineplex Odeon.
Jorden continued his work with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, creating new works inspired by intriguing artists, from painter Egon Scheile to poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Jorden has also choreographed for the Genie and Gemini awards which were broadcast nationally and featured dancers from The National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
In addition to Boston Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Jorden has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence.
In 2015 Jorden accepted the position of Artistic Director with Edmonton’s Citie Ballet where he continues to choreograph and inspire the next generation of Canadian artists.