Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet will mark the farewell performance of beloved RWB Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson. Choreographer Jorden Morris’ ballet, which has enjoyed successful tours across North America, has been enhanced with enthralling new scenes for its return to Winnipeg. The evolution of the work also includes a beautifully choreographed solo created especially for Lawson’s retirement.
“After 16 rewarding years with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, including eight as principal dancer, performing the role of Toulouse-Lautrec’s muse feels like a fitting farewell,” said Lawson. “The art of Lautrec is eternal, and I am hopeful that my contribution to the art, what I have communicated each and every performance from the stage, will live on in people’s memories.”
Lawson has had a rich career with the RWB that has included a wide range of Principal roles including Odette/Odile, Princess Aurora, Juliet and Giselle, the role that launched her into stardom a decade ago.
“As this season draws to a close, we are saying a fond farewell to a very special member of our company,” said André Lewis, Artistic Director of the RWB. “Vanessa Lawson has graced audiences with her exceptional talent and wonderful artistry for the past 16 years. She will be missed as a performer, but we look forward to her ongoing involvement in the organization next season as she shares her wisdom and skill with a new wave of talent.”
Don’t miss Lawson’s farewell performance in Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet from May 1-5 at the Centennial Concert Hall.