On Thursday, October 14th, in the evening of RWB's fifth full day overseas on the 70th Anniversary Tour, the Company was welcomed to the stage in Tel Aviv by an audience of approximately 1,300 people. The evening's program included Peter Quanz’s In Tandem, Shawn Hounsell’s Led performed by Principal Dancer Tara Birtwhistle and Soloist Dmitri Dovgoselets, and Mauricio Wainrot’s powerful ballet Carmina Burana.
RWB Dancers, RWB Senior Ballet Master Johnny Chang, Minister David Chomiak, Minister Christine Melnick & Premier Greg Selinger backstage during intermission on opening night in Tel Aviv
RWB dancers and staff got an early morning start on their third full day in Israel. Just after 8:00 am, the group boarded a tour bus bound for Jerusalem for a day of sightseeing.
On their way into the city of Jerusalem, the group passed a bridge that reminded them of Winnipeg's Provencher Bridge.
On RWB's second day in Israel, Company dancers and staff had an opportunity to visit some of the historic sights of Tel Aviv. This included a stop at Independance Hall where the independence of the State of Israel was first declared. Following lunch, the group traveled just north of Tel Aviv to Caesarea.
RWB dancers and Senior Ballet Master Johnny Chang pose for a photo with Premier Greg Selinger on a quick lunch break.