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  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Romeo + Juliet
Student Matinees

Two Literary Classics Set in Motion
An Unforgettable Experience of Art + Education

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Student Matinee Program is an incredible opportunity to introduce young minds to the vibrant, living art form that is ballet.

TWO ADAPTATIONS, TWO LITERARY CLASSICS.

The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on the Novel by Margaret Atwood
World Premiere
Thursday OCT 17/2013 I 12:30pm – 2:30pm
(please note that running times are approximate)
MATURE CONTENT. RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS GRADE 8+

Download The Handmaid's Tale Student Study Guide.

Choreography Lila York
Music James MacMillan
Costume Design Liz Vandal
Scenic Design Clifton Taylor
Associate Scenic Design Anshuman Bhatia
Lighting Design Clifton Taylor & Anshuman Bhatia

Artistic Director André Lewis has commissioned a bold adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of the same name. Acclaimed New York-based choreographer Lila York will create a powerful and poignant interpretation of the gripping tale. Deftly attuned to highlighting the narrative’s dark romanticism, forbidden desires, and domineering regime, York’s dance drama will transport audiences, with thrilling effect, to a society where human rights have been stripped away. Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015.
Romeo + Juliet
Company Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday FEB 12/2014 I 11:30am – 2pm
RECOMMENDED FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS

Choreography Rudi van Dantzig
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Scenery & Costume Design Toer van Schayk
Lighting Design Nicholas Cernovitch
With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance is a timeless and exquisite masterpiece. Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of choreographer Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography. Despite its tragic end, audiences will be swept away as they witness the unfolding of an unforgettable love story.


In addition to experiencing the unparalleled artistry of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, students will gain a rich, behind-the-scenes understanding of how a ballet is put on stage. The curtains will be left up during the intermission of each performance so students can see the backstage workings of technically complex scene changes. A member of the RWB production team will describe scene changes, providing fascinating insight into the sets, costumes, and creative process.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Thursday OCT 17/2013
Based on the Novel by
Margaret Atwood

 

ROMEO + JULIET

Wednesday FEB 12/2014

 

TICKETS
$10 per student
$16 for both ballets.

For more information, contact RWB’s Customer Service Office at:
204 956 2792.


Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Alexander Gamayunov Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography 
Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Dmitri Dovgoselets in Romeo + Juliet Photo: David Cooper 

 

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