The kickoff to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 75th season, Ballet in the Park (July 23 - 25), had an exciting addition! RWB Artistic Director André Lewis returned to the stage for the first time in 17 years.
Lewis performed in the Winter scene of James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, alongside former principal dancers Tara Birtwhistle, Vanessa Lawson and Jaime Vargas – all who have helped shape RWB’s rich history.
Lewis has spent the majority of his career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, with the 75th anniversary season marking Lewis’s 40th year with the Company (with over 10 years as an accomplished dancer and 19 years as Artistic Director).
As Artistic Director, Lewis’ vision has been to bring new and innovative works to life on stage. He’s commissioned new creations such as Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the cornerstone of the 75th anniversary, Going Home Star – A Story of Truth and Reconciliation.
“Returning to the stage again is a great feeling and it keeps me close to the art form that I love so much," said Lewis.
In addition to The Four Seasons performance, Ballet in the Park 2014 audience members were treated to a stunning performance by the RWB School Professional Division, which featured three excerpts from Swan Lake, and a hip hop performance by the RWB School Recreational Division students.
Christmas in July
Can’t wait for Nutcracker? Neither can we! We’re celebrating Christmas early this year with RWB’s Christmas in July Campaign and giving Nutcracker enthusiasts a chance to save 25% off Adult tickets. This exciting offer has been extended until August 15th! There are only a few days left to participate in this exciting offer! Planning on bringing a group of friends or family? The campaign includes an early bird group rate at $70 per ticket including taxes at fees. Children’s tickets are $25, plus taxes and fees.
Purchase online using the promo code FilbertinJuly or call the RWB Box Office at 204.956.2792 for more information.
*Seating is limited to sections A-D for single tickets and section B for groups. Not combinable with other offers.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights recently covered the work of RWB Community Outreach Coordinator Jaime Vargas in an article on their blog. Jaime has developed a workshop called “A Day in a Dancer’s Shoes”, where he helps children experience what dancers go through in a normal day. His workshop includes training, motivational and anti-bullying components, and Q&A periods.
Single tickets for Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 75th anniversary season performances are on sale now. Buy early to ensure you get your first pick of performances.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company dancers had a fun-filled photo shoot to shoot head shots for the 75th anniversary season. They got glammed-up and gave their best model poses, but they also had an opportunity to explore their silly side! Stay tuned to rwb.org for the new photos.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to give a warm welcome to acclaimed choreographer Mark Godden, who arrived in Winnipeg on July 21. Godden is choreographing RWB’s newest work, Going Home Star – A Story of Truth and Reconciliation , and is well-known for his past works with the RWB, including Dracula, Svengali, and The Magic Flute.
Going Home Star – A Story of Truth and Reconciliation has its world premiere Oct. 1 - 5 at the Centennial Concert Hall.
The RWB is pleased to announce our first visit to Asia in a decade. With stops in over 10 cities, the RWB will bring the widely successful Moulin Rouge®-The Ballet and the timeless favourite Romeo + Juliet to Chinese stages in this mid-October tour.
Designed for adults with varied movement abilities, ExplorAbility participants are guided through a customized exploration of dance and self-expression. Through this guided study, incorporating group and individual exercises, participants will explore many different styles of movement, patterning and music in a fun and supportive environment. Devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc., are welcome.
2014/15 SESSION INFORMATION
Session 1: October 7 - December 9
Session 2: January 13 - March 17
Session 3 March 24 - May 26
$90.00 / session, every Tuesday
Please contact the RWB School Office for more information.
In order to present Swan Lake as part of RWB’s 75th Anniversary season, the RWB wardrobe department has begun working tirelessly to replace 28 tutus that were designed and built a quarter of a century ago. By donating to our Tutus in Bloom campaign, you are helping the RWB keep our tutus beautiful!
Registration information for new and returning students is now available.
JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER
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