Apr 16 2015 | Posted in Press Releases

RWB announces outstanding 76th season lineup

Winnipeg, MB (April 16, 2015) – At Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet this morning, RWB Executive Director, Jeff Herd launched the 2015/16 season, the 76th year for the historic Winnipeg ballet company. The season launch event included an announcement of a national tour of the powerful, critically acclaimed creation, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, a European tour of beloved Moulin Rouge ® -The Ballet, and seven diverse performances for Winnipeg audiences.

“Celebrating our 75th Anniversary milestone was an incredible experience for the RWB, and we thank each and every RWB fan for their ongoing support for our beloved art form,” shares Herd. “We aim to boldly continue our mission to teach, create and perform outstanding dance with intent to entertain, inspire and move audiences and present works that resonate beyond the walls of the theatre. Following the World Premiere of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, there was such an overwhelming response from communities across Canada who are eager to see this work tour. We look forward to connecting with audiences across the country as we tour Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation in 2016.”

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, cited as quite possibly “the most important work produced by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its 75-year history” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press) embarks on a national tour with performances in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia with additional dates and cities to be added to the tour roster. With the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the many stories, both told and untold, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honourary Witness Joseph Boyden, Cree actress, former Member of Parliament, and TRC Honourary Witness Tina Keeper, Canadian multimedia artist KC Adams, accomplished costume designer Paul Daigle, and Juno Award-winning composer Christos Hatzis with Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers.

The lively and colourful Moulin Rouge ® - The Ballet debuts to new international audiences as RWB takes on a tour of selected cities in Germany and the Netherlands in October 2015. Along with a rousing French-inspired soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak.

The 2015/16 season in Winnipeg offers both classical and contemporary repertoires, inspiring and inventive choreography, and brilliant, timeless musical scores. The season opens in Winnipeg with ethereal classic Giselle, September 30-October 4. Hailed as one of the greatest classics and a supreme achievement of the Romantic era, RWB’s traditional production takes audiences on a breathtaking journey of Giselle’s heart-wrenching tale of love, contrition and forgiveness.

RWB presents the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company from November 13-15 as it makes its Winnipeg debut with three powerful works. Hailed as the world’s most important living choreographer, Paul Taylor’s meticulous choreography is inspired by influential themes in modern society. Set to Bach violin concertos and acclaimed as “a classic of American Dance” by The New Yorker upon its premiere 40 years ago, Esplanade displays the vitality of youth, the anguish of a dysfunctional family and the romantic connection between lovers. Company B juxtaposes the exuberance of Americans post-Depression, as heard in the pop songs of the Andrews Sisters, with the tragedy of men who never returned from World War II. Piazzolla Caldera ignites the stage with the fiery passions of tango set to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky.

Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon’s inspiring family favourite, Nutcracker returns to the Centennial Concert Hall, from December 19-28. Enchanting audiences with its enduring story and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the sparkling winter classic brings back the memorable Nutcracker cast including Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Filbert the Bear, Hazel the Polar Bear and the return of twelve furry polar bear cubs. The RWB also performs Nutcracker at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, December 2-6.

With Val Caniparoli as choreographer, and Richard Rogers’ music performed by a live jazz orchestra led by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley, A Cinderella Story makes a welcome return from February 17-21. This is a unique retelling of everyone’s favourite fairy tale set in the 1950’s. The season continues with the highly anticipated return of Q DANCE, April 1-3. Led by Q DANCE Artistic Director Peter Quanz, the 2016 presentation premieres two new creations by Quanz and Heather Meyers alongside the return of Murder Afoot.

Peter Pan makes its high-flying return to the Winnipeg stage, May 4-8. Perfect for families and anyone who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan is a magical flight, filled with family entertainment, fantasy and marvelous thrills. Rounding out the season, the RWB School Professional Division presents Spotlight, June 9-11. Spotlight combines exceptional repertoire and extraordinary talents of students from the RWB School Professional Division.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Funders - Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and The Winnipeg Foundation. We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of our patrons, sponsors and donors.


September 30-October 4, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall

Choreography - Peter Wright, after Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli and Marius Petipa

Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
November 13-15, 2015
Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Mixed repertoire American Modern Dance program includes:
Music - Johann Sebastian Bach
Company B
Music - Songs sung by the Andrews Sisters
Piazzolla Caldera
Music - Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky

December 19-28, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall

Choreography - Galina Yordanova + Nina Menon

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story
February 17-21, 2016
Centennial Concert Hall

Choreography - Val Caniparoli with music arrangements + orchestrations - Ron Paley
Based on themes by Richard Rogers

Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Q DANCE
April 1-3, 2016
Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts

Q DANCE Artistic Director – Peter Quanz
Choreography – Peter Quanz, Heather Meyers

Peter Pan
May 4-8, 2016
Centennial Concert Hall

Choreography - Jorden Morris

RWB School Professional Division presents Spotlight
June 9-11, 2016
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – John Hirsch Mainstage

Always an outstanding selection of repertoire, Spotlight presents the impeccable artistry and budding talent of students from RWB School’s Professional Division.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

Ottawa– January 28-30, 2016 – National Arts Centre
Kingston – February 2, 2016 – The Grand Theatre
London – February 3, 2016 - Budweiser Gardens
Burlington – February 4, 2016 – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Toronto – February 5-6, 2016 – Sony Centre
Brandon – March 21, 2016 – Western Manitoba Centennial Centre
Regina – March 22, 2016 – Conexus Arts Centre
Saskatoon – March 23, 2016 – TCU Place
Banff – March 26, 2016 – The Banff Centre
Kelowna – March 29-30, 2016 – Kelowna Community Theatre
Victoria – April 1-2, 2016 – Royal Theatre
Nanaimo – April 4-5, 2016 – The Port Theatre
Vancouver – April 7-9, 2016 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Moulin Rouge ® - The Ballet

Ludwigsburg – October 8-13, 2015 – Schlosspark Theater
Schweinfurt – October 16-19, 2015 – Theater der Stadt
Friedrichshafen - October 22, 2015 – Graf Zeppelin Haus
Bonn – November 3-4, 2015 – Theatre Bonn

Rotterdam – October 28-30, 2015 – Nieuwe Luxor Theater
Venlo – October 31, 2015 – De Maaspoort

To purchase tickets for the 2015/16 season
Season subscriptions are now available in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204.956.2792 or toll free 1.800.667.4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (rwb.org)
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.


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