Winnipeg, Manitoba (November 9, 2010) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet was reminded yesterday just how important they are to the people of Brandon, Manitoba.
CBC Radio announced yesterday morning that RWB would not be stopping in Brandon as a part of the Company’s 2011 Western Tour to Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. RWB set out this season with the intention to perform in Brandon and it was only recently that the company learned that its regular performance venue, the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, would not be available for any of the desired dates. Both organizations did their utmost to make the engagement work, but the scheduling issues could not be sorted out.
“Everyone at RWB is extremely disappointed at the prospect of missing the opportunity to share choreographer Shawn Hounsell’s new creation Wonderland with the people of Brandon – a city in which we have been performing for well over 20 years – due to scheduling conflicts,” said Jeff Herd, RWB’s Executive Director. “Our inability to schedule our show into Brandon’s biggest performing arts centre is a testament to Brandon’s importance as a hub for arts and culture in the province.”
When CBC Radio aired the story, RWB dancers and staff were touched to hear how deeply they would be missed.
“To understand how much the Brandon audience appreciates our work, how much they value who we are as dancers and what we bring to the city when we tour, was really moving,” said Vanessa Lawson, Principal Dancer with the RWB. “It is so important that all Manitobans, particularly young aspiring dancers, have a chance to see live dance performances.”
Unable to bring dance to Brandon, RWB will bring Brandon to dance. In partnership with long-standing corporate supporter Beaver Bus Lines with Fehr-Way Educational Tours, the company is launching the “Bring Brandon” initiative. Any Brandon citizen, from long-standing dance enthusiasts to curious first-timers, who purchases a ticket to the Sunday, March 13, 2011 matinee performance of RWB’s Wonderland in Winnipeg will be granted a round trip from Brandon to the Centennial Concert Hall absolutely free, courtesy of Beaver Bus Lines, Fehr-Way Educational Tours and RWB. As an added bonus, RWB will offer its regularly-priced tickets (selected seating sections) at a 10% discount to Brandon single ticket buyers for this performance. Tickets are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue in Winnipeg or by calling 1-800-667-4792 (quote “Bring Brandon”). The “Bring Brandon” offer is subject to availability.
Dance schools and other groups of ten or more can always secure great seats at great prices! Call the RWB Groups Manager at (204) 957-3494 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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