BALLET IN THE PARK KICKS OFF RWB’S 76TH SEASON
RWB’s Summer Show Features Crowd Pleasing Performances
Winnipeg, MB (July 2, 2015) - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet launches its 76th season with the summer favourite Ballet In The Park from July 29 – 31. This free family-friendly event returns to Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances on the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet in the Park has been an annual Winnipeg tradition since the early 1970’s, attracting more than 20,000 people annually from Winnipeg and beyond.
The 2015 Ballet In The Park program features selected performances from the RWB Company Dancers and RWB School Professional and Recreational students. A special excerpt performance of Going Home Star – A Story Of Truth and Reconciliation will be performed. Inspired by the stories and experiences of many survivors and their families from the Indian Residential School System, Going Home Star – A Story Of Truth and Reconciliation originally premiered in October 2014. With the story treatment by author Joseph Boyden, choreography by Mark Godden and music by Christos Hatzis, this profound work is not to be missed.
“Where else would you be able to enjoy dance in such a unique outdoor setting complete with stage, lighting, and costumes. For many, Ballet In The Park is not just an annual summer tradition, it’s a perfect show for the entire family,” shares André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “It’s a great way to experience ballet for the first time.”
Audience members will also be treated to a pas de trois performance of The Fairy Doll by RWB School Professional Division students. This work is by Nikolai and Sergei Legat with music by Ricardo Drigo. Waltz of the Hours will be performed by RWB School Recreational Division students, featuring choreography by Kelly Bale and music by Leo Delibes.
“The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and its School are a cultural institution in our province and known around the world for their award-winning dancers and performances,” said Larry Wanowich, Chief Community Relations & Marketing Officer, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “As the presenting sponsor once again, we are very proud to support this summer tradition of Ballet In The Park for all audiences to experience the power and passion of dance.”
Ballet In The Park is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is also proud to acknowledge the support of Canadian Heritage, the Manitoba Arts Council, and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.
Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website at www.rwb.org. Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.
Tuesday, July 28 at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. Details to follow.
What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Ballet In The Park
Location: Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB.
Date: July 29 - 31 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission. Tickets not required.
About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 17 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.
About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
Founded in 1970 by celebrated teacher and former Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company Principal dancer David Moroni C.M., Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has an international reputation for providing the highest quality training to its dancers and dance teachers. Under the leadership of Arlene Minkhorst since 2004, the RWB School has continued to develop a comprehensive dance training system for students pursuing a professional career. RWB School alumni have gone on to exciting careers in all facets of the dance industry and currently form 70 per cent of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and comprise over half of its dance faculty.
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