April 2014 Company Spotlight

Apr 01 2014 | Posted in Spotlight


Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 74th season concludes with a mixed programme featuring three stunning Winnipeg premieres from leading contemporary ballet choreographers. This series of works, presented at the Centennial Concert Hall from May 7-11, represents RWB’s history with a glimpse into the past, present, and future as RWB prepares to launch its milestone 75th Anniversary season.

The Four Seasons, by internationally acclaimed choreographer James Kudelka, is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. Kudelka has created works for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Montréal Danse, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada. Hailed by critics as a “modern masterpiece” and danced to Vivaldi’s four violin concertos, The Four Seasons integrates brilliant ensemble work with virtuosic solos and breathtaking pas-de-deux. This work explores the passage of time with the innocence of spring, the passion of summer, the calmness of autumn, and life’s culmination in winter. A stunning, mature work, this is a story of youth, discovery, and living life to the fullest.

In the final season, winter, audiences are sure to be delighted and captivated with the return to the stage of talented former RWB dancers, selected by Kudelka to honour the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s upcoming 75th season. This performance marks a rare opportunity to see four RWB greats take the stage once more: Evelyn Hart, former Principal Dancer (1976-2005); Caroline Gruber, former Soloist (1988-2000) and current RWB Instructor; John Kaminski, former Principal Dancer (1978-1997); and Alexander Gumayanov, former Soloist (2001-2013) and current RWB Professional Division Instructor.

Mixed Programme also includes a signature choreographic work by Winnipeg’s own, Jorden Morris. Morris’ latest creation, Défilé, celebrates the interconnectivity of the RWB Company and the RWB School. Audiences will see dancers from all facets of the organization on stage for a memorable performance.

Inspired by Petipa and Balanchine, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude completes the trio. Choreographed by William Forsythe and performed on pointe, the fast-paced, high energy work certainly lives up to its name, providing a breathtaking display of classical technique, precise footwork and courtly partnering. Alongside an energetic score by Franz Schubert and the streamlined costuming of Stephen Galloway, the Company brings this neoclassical work to life with impressive precision.

Mixed Programme is a fitting collection of works to close the 2013/14 season as RWB launches its 75th anniversary season.

“The three works you will see embody the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s spirit through the years,” said André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “We are thrilled that James Kudelka has chosen to honour our organization by selecting four great talents that have graced the stage of the RWB throughout its history. Having both Company dancers and the School on the same stage also marks our commitment to our future.”


Principal Dancer, Amanda Green

Celebrating 75 years of bringing awe and joy to audiences and dance enthusiasts alike, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet continues to spark excitement and artistic innovation as one of the world’s premiere dance companies.

As Canada’s oldest ballet company – and the second oldest in North America – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs award-winning ballets worldwide, with more than 150 performances each season. A true homage to RWB’s past, present, and future, the choreography selected for the upcoming season includes a balanced mix of classical favourites and thought-provoking new creations.


Celebrate the amazing talent of rising young artists from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Ballet Academic Program as they take to the stage and present their year-end showcase. Audiences will be moved by their genuine love of dance and vibrant, infectious energy!

RWB School Professional Division Presents: La Fille Mal Gardée

Set long ago in a village in Southern France, La Fille Mal Gardée reveals the intricacies of love as an arranged marriage is disrupted in this light and comedic love story.

Lisette and Colin are in love and want to be married, however, Lisette’s mother, the Widow Simone, wants her to marry the shy and aloof Alain. The Widow Simone has arranged for a marriage contract between Lisette and Alain with Alain’s father, a wealthy vineyard owner. The Widow Simone does her best to keep Lisette and Colin apart, but is unsuccessful in her attempts to do so.

The rest remains to be seen…

Performance Details:

MAY 14: 7:30 pm
MAY 15: 7:30 pm
MAY 16: 7:30 pm
MAY 17: 2:00 pm
MAY 17: 7:30 pm

Shaw Performing Arts Centre / MTYP / 2 Forks Market Rd.

Adults: $25* | Student/Senior/Child: $20*
*Plus applicable fees + taxes.


Witness the talent and finesse of the next generation of dance stars firsthand in an intimate setting. RWB School Aspirants are post-graduate, advanced ballet students making the transition to careers as professional artists

Performance Details:

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:30pm
University of Winnipeg / Asper Centre for Theatre + Film / 400 Colony St.
Adult: $10* | Student/Senior/Child: $5*

Performance + Reception:

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:30pm
General: $25*


Strengthen your body, focus your mind and treat yourself to some fun this summer as you experience the joys of dance. 
Led by the teaching staff from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Adult Summer Dance is a 5 week program for all ages and skill levels. Register for multiple classes to keep in shape, express your individual style and make the most of your summer. Registration now open.

For more information about this program contact the School Office.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is excited to announce the addition of a second Winnipeg tour date on Tuesday, April 29, 2014! Every student with a dream to dance or teach professionally is encouraged to attend.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Ave
Winnipeg, MB

Students who participate in the 2013/14 International Audition Tour are auditioning to gain acceptance into Professional Division Summer Session (July 2014), which serves as the second stage of the two-part audition process.

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact the School Office.

The RWB School’s Dance Intensive is a dynamic summer dance camp designed to give students ages 9-18 years the opportunity to express themselves artistically, meet other dancers as passionate about the art form as they are and to have fun, all while improving their technique and stamina. Dance Intensive 2014 will run from August 3-16, 2014.


Don’t miss your chance to room with dancers from around the world, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Residence dining hall and take in all of the planned and unplanned activities that Residence has to offer, all the while affording your parents the break they so rightly deserve.

Register now as this popular program always fills up quickly.