PARKS CANADA HONOURS RWB’S HISTORY
Parks Canada recognizes Royal Winnipeg Ballet as national historic event
Winnipeg, MB (December 23, 2014) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is extremely proud to be commemorated as a national historic event of Canada by Parks Canada. At a special event today, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the designation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a national historic event of Canada, and unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque to mark the momentous occasion.
“We are extremely honoured to receive this designation, especially as we celebrate our 75th anniversary season,” said Royal Winnipeg Ballet Executive Director, Jeff Herd. “The RWB is proud to represent Canada wherever we perform and this commemoration truly celebrates RWB’s rich history, and our endeavor to contribute to Canadian culture.”
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is commemorated by Parks Canada as one of the earliest ballet companies in the country which helped establish ballet as a theatrical dance form in Canada; for its distinctive repertoire in Canadian context that was designed to appeal to a broad selection of Canadian society; and for its extensive national and international tours.
“The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is truly a centre of excellence and a cultural leader in Canada, and is known around the world. With 2014 marking the company’s 75th anniversary, it makes me very proud to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet designated as a national historic event, and presented with a commemorative plaque, as part of our Government’s ongoing efforts to celebrate Canada’s culture and heritage,” said The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Originally founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally as the Winnipeg Ballet Club, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet became Canada’s first professional ballet company in 1949 and is the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, RWB received its royal designation: the first royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Commonwealth. Over its 75 year history, the RWB performed in front of countless audiences nationally and internationally and is recognized as one of the world’s premier dance companies, receiving critical acclaim for its award-winning dancers and performances. In addition to RWB’s world-renowned company, the RWB operates an internationally recognized dance school with both recreational and professional divisions.
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