Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
In memory of the late Elder Mary Richard (Ah Kha Ko cheesh) who inspired the RWB.
October 1 – 5, 2014, Centennial Concert Hall
Fort George Cemetery 1946, Library & Archives Canada
“Ballet cuts right to the heart of what’s most beautiful, physically in humanity and what’s most beautiful in story. We are taking a very European form and introducing it to a First Nations experience. We’ll find a way to meld this meeting of these two very different places in a fascinating way on the stage.” — Joseph Boyden, Author
Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and toward the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation.
December 20 – 28, 2014, Centennial Concert Hall
When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world... with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. There, the Sugar Plum Fairy bids everyone to dance in their honour. Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker is a sheer delight, and features endearing Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill and this year’s production will be even more heart-warming with the addition of twelve white furry friends! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, we will take you to a wondrous adventure this holiday season.
Galina Yordanova & Nina Menon
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Michael J. Whitfield
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents Cinderella
February 7, 2015, Centennial Concert Hall
"This is a honey of a production — one that brings magic back to the ballet stage." — The Hamilton Spectator
This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story.
Glenn Davidson’s set design creates a fantastical environment based on the idea of the natural world reclaiming man-made structures. Inspiration for the set pieces is drawn from ice storms and old forests. Costume designs by Robert Doyle playfully echo each character’s personality.
Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.
Set & Lighting Design
March 4 – 8, 2015, Centennial Concert Hall
Soloist Sophia Lee. Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography
“The opulent sets, lavish costumes and glorious score are fairy-tale wonders in themselves” — Winnipeg Free Press
Perhaps the best-known classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake also enjoys the prestige of being the first of Tchaikovsky’s three full-length ballets, with Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty completing the trio. The ballet premiered over a century ago in Russia and remains timeless because of the range of human emotions expressed through dance and Tchaikovsky’s luminous score. The poetic work resonates with melancholy and hope and draws the audience into the story of Odette, a princess-turned-swan and the heroic Prince Siegfried, until the love-soaked conclusion. With Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s quintessential production featuring breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, the fabled lake of the swans rises into view, inspiring awe for generations to come.
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and Scenic Design
With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
The Faerie Queen
A Ballet Based on a Midsummer Night's Dream
April 29 – May 3, 2015, Centennial Concert Hall
Second Soloist Elizabeth Lamont. Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography
“The classically based but decidedly contemporary choreography flows smoothly, creating clever transitions from scene to scene.” — Critical Dance
Experience this enchanting story filled with love, magic, and deception. Fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as choreographer John Alleyne paints the stage in this full-length ballet based on Henry Purcell’s opera of the same name, and on Shakespeare’s magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow Puck, as the fairy with a penchant for causing chaos, ensnaring both humans and fairies alike in romance and confusion with her magical flower blossom. The Fairie Queen is an exploration of the contrasting elements of fantasy and reality - dark and light, mortal and immortal, male and female - and what happens when these powerful elements collide with one another.
Henry Purcell, Owen Underhill and Michael Bushnell
Jean Philippe Trépanier
La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades + Ballet Vignettes
May 21 – 23, 2015, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division In Concert Performance
RWB School Professional Division students Xavier Reigneau and Katie Simpson. Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography
Marius Petipa’s exotic La Bayadère was given its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877. It was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century but was almost unknown in the West until 1961, when the touring Kirov Ballet performed the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene. Legendary India provides the setting for a tale of love, murder and vengeful judgement by the gods, set to a lyrical score by Ludwig Minkus. La Bayadère’s most frequently performed sequence is the dream-like Kingdom of the Shades, when a mesmerizing procession of ballerinas dance in unison across a moonlit stage.
Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa
June 10 – 12, 2015, Manitoba Theatre Centre
Q Dance Dancers Photo: Vince Pahkala
"One of the freshest young voices working in contemporary ballet…" — Ottawa Citizen
Step into Peter Quanz’ choreographic laboratory with the next installment of Q DANCE. Well known for innovative and aesthetically outstanding choreographic choices, this year’s dynamic Q DANCE program is set to be a virtuosic collection of contemporary ballet. The mixed repertoire program features two World Premieres – a new creation from emerging creative talent, Gabrielle Lamb and a new creation by international choreographer, Peter Quanz. This year also marks the return of Peter Quanz’ Untitled on stage. The three-piece program moves into the Manitoba Theatre Centre after a highly successful sold-out series at the Gas Station Arts Centre in 2013.
Artistic Director and Choreography
75th Anniversary Gala
April 18, 2015
The 2015 Gala marks a special milestone for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This spectacular evening will pay tribute to the Company’s extraordinary history, and celebrate our future with choreographic innovation and creativity. Enjoy stunning dance performances by the RWB Company and School, a delectable cocktail reception, sumptuous dinner, sensational silent auction and live auctions and a not-to-be-missed grand prize draw. Plus, join the Company dancers for an after-party that will create a truly memorable evening. The RWB’s annual Gala is a cultural highlight of the season.
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