The RWB School has wrapped up the Western and Eastern legs of the International Audition Tour! We hit the road again in January of 2013 in Minneapolis and Winnipeg! The tour was quite successful, with lots of wonderful talent, familiar faces, and most importantly, lots of love for the RWB School and Dance.
Please check out some of the highlights from tour, Enjoy!
While having dinner in Charlottetown last night, we met up with Platon Choptiany, a former student of the RWB School Recreational Division. When he was six years old, Platon took ballet and creative movement classes with artistic faculty member Johanne Gingras at the old RWB studios on Portage Ave. He now lives in Australia but happened to visiting PEI - what a lovely surprise!
Isn't that the truth!
We were thrilled to be back in St. John's, NL at the Connie Parsons School of Dance! Connie is pictured here (centre) with the RWB School Teacher Training Program Director, Johanne Gingras and RWB School Director, Arlene Minkhorst. It was a great turnout and we hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we did.
Wonderful to see so many of you in Ottawa! Thanks for a great day and thank you to everyone at Vanessa Plettell Dance Studio! We snapped some of the dancers here between classes, so many wonderful dancers. Read more »
For the first time in many years, RWB travelled east and is currently performing in 4 cities across Atlantic Canada!
RWB is perfomring from November 7-12 and making stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The show has already gotten rave reviews for its performances in Halifax, with the Chronical Herald saying the RWB Company "dazzled with the precision and elegance."
RWB is presenting a mixed repertoire program showcasing works by some of today’s most celebrated choreographers, leaving no doubt that the Company deserves its distinguished global reputation. The impressive four-piece lineup includes Peter Quanz’s In Tandem, Brian Macdonald’s Pas D’Action, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jorden Morris’ The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen.
We’re also really excited to be bringing live music to the stage along with our dancers, with each show featuring live performances from Canadian songstress (and Newfoundland and Labrador resident!) Allison Crowe (allisoncrowe.com) during The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen. Crowe will be performing Cohen’s 1984 legendary ballad Hallelujah and Cohen’s 1969 song, Bird on a Wire.
Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin has taken Winnipeg by storm! After an opening night performance on Wednesday that drew a standing ovation from the audience, The Princess & The Goblin received rave reviews from the Winnipeg Free Press, who said the ballet “…took one’s breath away” and called it “…a triumph of faith.”
The positive response continues
to pour in, with CBC arts critic Robert Enright stating Twyla Tharp’s newest work “…brings romance back to the stage”,
while The Globe & Mail stated the RWB “…has a genuine hit on its hands” with The Princess
& The Goblin.
Twyla herself was honoured for her prolific career as a visionary choreographer today, having been presented with a Key to the City by Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz in a special ceremony this morning at City Hall. Twyla was joined by RWB School director Arlene Minkhorst and Professional and Recreational Division students cast in The Princess & The Goblin.
In a very heartwarming gesture, Twyla decided to give her Key to the City to the RWB School so it can remain here at the RWB building and act as a “trophy” for dance.