Ballet in the Park kicks off RWB’s 75th season

Jul 02 2014 | Posted in Press Releases

RWB celebrates milestone anniversary with free performances for all to attend

Winnipeg, MB (July 2, 2014) - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet launches its 75th Anniversary season from July 23-25 with Ballet in the Park. The free family-friendly event returns to Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances on the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet in the Park has been an annual Winnipeg tradition since the early 1970’s, attracting more than 20,000 people annually from Winnipeg and beyond.

The 2014 Ballet in the Park program features a diverse mix of RWB Company and RWB School performances. Having recently enjoyed an outstanding reaction from Winnipeg audiences in its RWB premiere in March 2014, James Kudelka’s “modern masterpiece”, The Four Seasons returns to the stage. Danced to Antonio Vivaldi’s four violin concertos, The Four Seasons beautifully demonstrates Kudelka’s extraordinary ability to pair music and movement.

“I always look forward to Ballet in the Park as it is a great way to introduce Winnipeg families to the art of ballet,” said André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “It’s wonderful for everyone in Winnipeg to have the opportunity to attend the opening of our 75th Anniversary season.”

Ballet in the Park also gives audiences a glimpse into the exquisite masterpiece Swan Lake as talented students from the RWB School Professional Division present excerpts of the well-known classic including the Pas de Trois, Mazurka and the iconic Danse des Petits Cygnes. For those who enjoy the Swan Lakeexcerpts presented in July, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa’s full length masterpiece will return to the Centennial Concert Hall for the RWB Company’s 75th Anniversary Season in March 2015.

Audience members will also be treated to a hip hop performance by RWB School Recreational Division students featuring choreography by local talent, Eugene Baffoe. Audience members who want to learn a little more about ballet can look forward to a lecture demonstration featuring a lucky audience member, led by RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst.

“Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is proud to support the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as the Presenting Sponsor of Ballet in the Park,” said Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Chief Community Relations & Marketing Officer Larry Wandowich. “This annual tradition brings our community together to celebrate summer and enjoy the world class talent that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings to the Lyric Stage each year.”

Ballet in the Park is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is also proud to acknowledge the support of Canadian Heritage, the Manitoba Arts Council, and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website at Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.

MEDIA CALL: Tuesday, July 22 at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. Details to follow.


Event: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Ballet in the Park

Location: Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB.

Date: July 23 - 25 at 7:30 pm

For further media information, please contact
Jane Puchniak I RWB Public Relations Coordinator
T. 204.957.3456 I C. 204.223.4010

Tickets: Free admission. Tickets not required.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 18 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.