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Posted: February 16, 2012

On Feb 29th Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Muddy Water Tours present a Haunted Moonlight Rendezvous, a guided ghost tour in support of the upcoming production of Giselle, classic ballet meets the supernatural.  Step aboard a chartered bus equipped with slide show and hear gripping tales from beyond the grave of jilted lovers, haunted theatres and restless spirits who still haunt some of Winnipeg's most beautiful historic buildings.  We ask the question 'Does love surpass death?' Net proceeds go to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Call to book 956-2792. Limited Seats. Don't delay, book right away.

Date: 7:00 – 9:00 pm February 29th, 2012
Tickets: $29/person
Meet: Rotunda of Via Train Station 123 Main Street
Parking: 3 Hours free on Feb 29th at the Wawanesa Insurance Building Parking Lot (next to VJ's Drive In), anytime after 6:30pm. Across the street from the Via Rail Station
Tour Length: 2 hours

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Posted: February 15, 2012

Photo Credit: Bruce Monk

Opening Night of First Steps Choreographic Competition was a great success! Beautiful dancing, creative choreography and an enthusiastic audience sumed up the evening! If you missed out on opening night, not to worry you can still catch First Steps Wednesday through Saturday.

Entrance by donation.
Saturday's Gala by ticket only.

Posted: February 13, 2012

A tale of betrayal, death and ghostly revenge will bewitch ballet goers from March 7th to 11th, 2012 when Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet transports audiences on an unearthly journey where classical ballet meets the supernatural. Eagerly awaited by audiences for a decade, Giselle returns to the Centennial Concert Hall with a newly refurbished set and costumes to create a haunting experience for longtime ballet fans and newcomers alike.

Choreographed by Peter Wright, this romantic-style ‘ballet blanc,’ which premiered at the Paris Opera Ballet in 1841, tells the story of a young peasant girl’s love for a nobleman and her ultimate betrayal at his hands. Giselle’s heartbreak and despair lead to her tragic demise, but she and the Wilis, the spirits of other jilted lovers, seek their revenge from beyond the grave as irresistible spirits of a deathly dance.

Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson is thrilled to be revising her role as Giselle after a decade. Giselle was Lawson’s break-out role 10 years ago and since then she has taken the ballet world by storm. She returns to this defining role after recovering from a lengthy injury and this time round Lawson brings a greater wealth of artistic and life experiences to the role.

In the following interview Lawson talks about what it takes to dance this demanding role and how she will bring something different to it this time around. “Now to do it 10 years later, with all the experiences I have had in dance, and life as well, will bring an entirely different side to it,” said Lawson.

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