Atlantic Ballet launches national tour in Moncton

The Atlantic Ballet Theatre launched a national tour about domestic violence that's geared toward high school students with a performance Wednesday in Moncton.

Story about domestic violence aimed at high school students

The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada launched a national tour about domestic violence with a performance Wednesday in Moncton.

Ghosts of Violence tells the story of four women who have been killed by their domestic partners.  It's aimed at high school students.

David Beckerson, spokesman for the company, wants as many young people as possible to see the ballet.

Beckerson was shocked to find out that women between the ages of 15 and 24 are the majority of victims in cases of domestic and dating violence.

"You have to expose these young women to ballet that deals with a subject that might be very close to their experiences," said Beckerson.

"They may be a victim of domestic violence or abuse in some way. They may know somebody who is."

Over the next three years, the play will be performed in 40 communities across Canada.

Beckerson hopes it will reach young women — and men — without being preachy.

"Hopefully then when they go back to the classroom they start talking about it. The ballet in a subtle way also sort of gives, I would call it, warning signs that somebody might recognize," said Beckerson.

The project also includes a manual to help teachers begin conversations.

Opening night for the public is Friday at the Capitol Theatre.