Winnipeg, Manitoba (March 15, 2011) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet announced one of the most monumental collaborations in its distinguished 72-year history this morning. Later this year, choreographic giant Twyla Tharp will partner with RWB and Atlanta Ballet to create a new full-length ballet. A co-production between the two companies, the new work will have its North American Premiere in Atlanta in February 2012 followed by RWB’s Canadian premiere in Fall 2012.
One of the most influential figures of 20th century dance, Tharp has choreographed more than 135 ballets, five Hollywood movies, four Broadway shows and written three books. Tharp’s “fierce, driving and relentless” choreography irrevocably changed the face of modern ballet. Now the dance dynamo has set her sights on RWB and Atlanta Ballet.
“Both the RWB and Atlanta Ballet are defined by risk-taking, and Ms. Tharp has selected our two internationally-renowned companies to collaborate on this exciting new project because of this shared value,” said RWB Artistic Director André Lewis. “This co-production represents a rare opportunity for artists from Canada, the United States and around the world to work together under the leadership of one of the world’s most influential choreographers. We are honoured to be working with Ms. Tharp.”
Tharp joined Lewis and Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall today in Atlanta, Georgia for the announcement of the project, explaining to the live studio audience that the new ballet will have a cast of professional dancers and children and that the piece will be performed to the music of Franz Schubert.
Tharp hopes to have the opportunity to visit RWB in Winnipeg this spring in conjunction with the Company’s performance of her ballet In the Upper Room as a part of RWB’s much-anticipated Bright Lights, Big City mixed repertoire program at the Centennial Concert Hall (May 4-8, 2011). Tharp will begin work on the new ballet in Atlanta this summer.
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About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are trademarks of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. These qualities keep the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in demand as it presents more than 150 performances every season. Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, RWB holds the distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company. In 1953, the Company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In the ensuing decades, RWB grew to take its place among the world's internationally renowned companies. In 1970, a professional school was created under the direction of David Moroni, C.M. Today two-thirds of the Company's dancers are graduates of the RWB School.
About Atlanta Ballet
Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. After 81 years, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. The Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.