Our successful run of Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet marked the retirement of beloved RWB Principal dancer Vanessa Lawson. Choreographer Jorden Morris’ successful ballet, was evolved to include a beautifully choreographed solo created especially for Lawson’s retirement.
“Performing the role of Toulouse-Lautrec’s muse felt like a fitting farewell,” said Lawson. “The art of Lautrec is eternal, and I am hopeful that my contribution to the art, what I have communicated each and every performance from the stage, will live on in people’s memories.”
Although, Lawson has officially retired from the stage, she has not said goodbye to the RWB. She will be remaining with the organization to share her experience and expertise with the next generation of dancers.
“After three years dancing in the school and 16 in the company, I now find myself fulfilling a new role within the RWB. From being out in front of the lights, I am moving to a position behind the lights. I will share my work in the coming season.”
Lawson’s primary role will be working with the company dancers in the studio as part of the artistic team. She will rehearse upcoming performances, help with scheduling and perfect ballets ready for the stage.
For the past few years, Lawson has also had the opportunity to work with the development team as Honorary Chair of the Patrons’ Circle. She will continue to work closely with Development on such important fundraising initiatives as the David Moroni Endowment Fund.
“I look forward to new challenges and to diving into a whole new side of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.”
Photos: Michelle Blais & Bruce Monk