Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 1, 2012) – The talented students of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division are featured in In Concert, a captivating year-end showcase that will feature Paquita, by Jorge Garcia after Marius Petipa, Snow Queen choreographed by RWB Artistic Faculty, and the World Premiere of MOA, a new work by prolific RWB choreographer Jorden Morris. In Concert will be performed at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) from May 16-19.
The culmination of an academic year of hard work, In Concert will showcase students’ excellence in technique, musicality and grace that they have aspired to in their training at the RWB School.
Regal, dazzling and virtuosic, the Spanish-flavoured Paquita transports audiences to the splendor of 19th century Russia. Originally a three-act ballet, the final act featuring the famous ballroom scene was praised above all. That scene now makes up the one-act Paquita, a showpiece for technical bravura.
MOA is a work inspired by the artist Egon Shiele, his life and his art. “Music for Egon Schiele” by the Rachel’s provides the ballet’s foundation. MOA depicts the artist and his struggles abstractly though his sister’s eyes. Each of the ballet’s five vignettes provides a snapshot of a defining moment in the artist’s turbulent career.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name, Snow Queen is a timeless story about the strength and endurance of friendship. When her best friend Kai is stunned by the kiss of the Snow Queen and kidnapped, Gerda is determined to rescue him. On her quest, she travels through strange lands and enchanted forests, enlisting the help of two new friends, Reindeer and Raven, to rescue Kai from the Ice Palace. In the end, the bonds of friendship triumph over the Snow Queen’s enchantment, when Gerda breaks the evil spell with a kiss.
Former RWB School director David Moroni, C.M. spent several months teaching at the school this year teaching, coaching and guiding the creation of Snow Queen. Moroni wrote the piece’s libretto and spent many hours researching and compiling the music for the ballet, and also spent countless hours supporting our Artistic Faculty and production team during the creative process. Although this ballet was first mounted for the RWB School in 2009, this is a new adaptation which we hope to remount again in the future.
Tickets for In Concert are priced at $22.00 for adults, $18.00 for students and seniors and $12.00 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets are available at the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue (Mon-Fri, 10 am - 5 pm) or by calling (204) 956-2792.
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School is proud to acknowledge the generous support for In Concert of The Government of Canada, The Manitoba Arts Council, and of sponsor Investors Group Financial Services.
Media Call will be held in conjunction with dress rehearsal on Wednesday, May 16 starting at 1:30 pm at CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks.
For more information, to arrange interviews or for access to high-resolution images and video footage, please contact:
Publicity Manager, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
CALENDAR / EVENT LISTING
What: RWB School, Professional Division’s In Concert
Location: CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre (2 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg)
Dates/Times: May 16-19 at 7:30 pm, Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for In Concert are $22 and $18 for students/seniors and are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling (204) 956-2792 or available at the door.
For more information, visit the RWB website at www.rwb.org