January Company Spotlight

Jan 21 2016 | Posted in Spotlight

Last Chance to Audition in Winnipeg!

RWB Audition Tour Photo courtesy of the RWB
RWB Audition Tour Photo courtesy of the RWB

Do you have the dream of dance? The Royal Winnipeg Ballet encourages students to audition for the RWB Audition Tour’s last stop in Winnipeg on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The RWB School Professional Division offers classical ballet training based on the Russian system and supported with a full program of study in complementary dance forms. This results in versatile dancers and dance teachers with the ability to find meaningful employment in their profession.

Ready to take the Plunge? Here’s what to expect

  • Please arrive 1 hour prior to the audition start time
  • Bring a recent photo of you facing front in 2nd position tendu, with arms in 2nd position. RWB Audition Tour staff is also available to take one for you on the day of ($5 fee)
  • Check in with our Audition Tour staff, from there they will provide you with a number, please pin the number on the front of your leotard
  • Head to the warm up area to stretch and from there you will be called for the audition
  • Audition takes about 1 hour
  • Stay with us for the Q+A session and/or a Master Class

Students who participate in the 2015/16 Audition Tour are auditioning to gain acceptance into the Professional Division Summer Session (July 2016) in Winnipeg, which serves as the audition phase to gain acceptance into Regular Session (September 2016). Learn more by clicking HERE.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation’s National Tour begins this month!

Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, RWB Soloist Sophia Lee, 2014, photo by Réjean Brandt Photography
Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, RWB Soloist Sophia Lee, 2014, photo by Réjean Brandt Photography

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is buzzing with activity as the much anticipated National Tour Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is about to begin its journey across Canada. Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the told and untold stories of residential school survivors. With the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada this powerful piece truly speaks to the growth and healing of Canada as a Nation.

“By presenting what is likely the world’s first full-length First Nations-inspired ballet, Going Home Star also ensures the RWB’s own place in dance history, with its message of hope, cast against a backdrop of ever-rising numbers of murdered and missing aboriginal women, never more desperately needed.” - Holly Harris

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation will be traveling to Ottawa, Kingston, Burlington, Toronto, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Banff, Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver from January 28 – April 9, 2016. For more information and to purchase ticket please click HERE.

A Cinderella Story gets Couture!

RWB Wardrobe department sketches by Sandra Woodall
RWB Wardrobe department sketches by Sandra Woodall

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale, truly sets the tone with vintage couture-inspired costumes designed by Sandra Woodall. Nancy, a solitary young woman whose mother has passed away and whose father is frequently gone on business, becomes the bell of the ball with the help of her fairy godmother, capturing the heart the handsome Bob. Experience a new way to experience this romantic story with electric choreography, a live jazz orchestra, and stunning costumes, all closely timed with Valentine’s Day.

Book a date with your loved ones for this romantic production from February 17 – 21 at the Centennial Concert Hall. For tickets and information, click HERE.

The Stories of Cinderella

The tale of Cinderella, though a classic throughout time, has many variations from place to place. Val Caniparoli’s re-telling of A Cinderella Story at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is just one of several hundred versions around the world. Over 500 have been traced to Europe alone, with additional versions found in Africa, Mexico and even the Caribbean, however the tale’s origins appear to date back to a Chinese story from the ninth century, between 618 and 907 A.D.

This version is retold by Ai-Ling Louie in Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella story from China. Yeh-Shen is a young girl who befriends and shares a handful of rice with a magical fish in a nearby pond. Even after her evil stepmother kills and eats the fish, he comes back to help her get ready for the local festival. The king finds the tiny, golden slipper that she lost and searches for its owner. When Yeh-Shen tries to steal back the slipper, he catches her and her identity is eventually revealed.

With almost every culture having its own version of Cinderella, this classic tale of a young girl finding a better life, often through love and magic, could be the most widely told children’s story around the world. The popularity of Cinderella continues to influence storytelling today with the many variations of the story offering a glimpse in to the values of different cultures around the world. Although the story’s title and main character’s name changes in different languages from place to place, the word “Cinderella” has come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites you to enjoy Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story at the Centennial Concert Hall from February 17-21, 2016. For tickets and information, click HERE.

The RWB’s 16/17 Season is around the corner

Are you ready for another season of exceptional ballet? The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be releasing its 16/17 Season on February 10th with a lineup that is sure to impress!

Get the most of the 16/17 Season by joining the RWB family and becoming a Subscriber! RWB Subscribers get a great rates by purchasing subscription packages and enjoy world-class ballet from the best seats in the house. The RWB also offers Group and school discounts. The more you subscribe, the more you save! Learn more about how you can make your experience at the ballet even better by clicking HERE.