Jan 24 2019 | Posted in Spotlight

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Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet, one of the most popular Royal Winnipeg Ballet productions of all time, returns to the Centennial Concert Hall from February 13-17 after being in a moratorium for 5 years. Set to Serge Prokofiev’s glorious score performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Toer van Schayk’s magnificent recreation of sixteenth century Italy, the production is a dramatic tour-de-force of Shakespeare’s infamous play that highlights the versatility and technical excellence that has made the RWB world-renowned.

Though Romeo & Juliet was Dutch choreographer Rudi van Dantzig’s first full-length ballet, it has been heralded as a ballet that truly displays the emotion of the play. Adapted and premiered by the RWB in 1981, the RWB’s Romeo & Juliet includes apprentices and students from the RWB School, in addition to the regular Company, totaling nearly 75 dancers.

“Van Dantzig was an artist of the rarest calibre; a writer, dancer, and choreographer, whose aesthetic instincts were matched only by his strong opinions and political voice,” says RWB Artistic Director and CEO André Lewis. “Though no longer with us, he left behind a great legacy of works including this stunning production of Romeo & Juliet. Created for the Dutch National Ballet (where he was Artistic Director), his vision of the Bard’s story is at once poetic, exciting, and deeply romantic.”

Romeo & Juliet Events:

RWB Book Club: All are welcome to join as the RWB discusses Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and how the timeless play compares to the ballet. The Book Club will meet after the Friday, February 15 performance. More information here.

Pre-show Chats: Join us thirty minutes prior to each performance at the Centennial Concert Hall for a chat between RWB artistic staff and local media. Admission is free with a Romeo & Juliet ticket.

Meet the Dancers: RWB dancers will be available for photos and to sign autographs on February 13 and 15 immediately following the performance.

Backstage Tour: Join us for an intimate look at the exciting world of dance behind the scenes on February 14 and 16 following the performance. Tickets to the tour are free, but limited, and available at intermission.

Tickets for Romeo & Juliet start as low as $30, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased online at www.rwb.org, 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. Please note that the RWB does not sell tickets through any third-party websites.

RWB Searches for Manitoba Dance Students for Renowned Ballet School

On Friday, January 25 the RWB School Professional Division will hold auditions at their studios on 380 Graham Avenue in search of local talent. This audition marks the last of sixteen stops across Canada and the U.S. Auditions are the first step for students hoping to join one of the RWB School’s three full-time professional programs: Ballet Academic (grade 5 and up), Aspirant (post-secondary), and Teacher Training (post-secondary).

Also scheduled are two master classes, which are available to auditioning and non-auditioning dance students along with a Q & A session for aspiring professional dancers and their parents. Students who are unable to attend an audition may submit a video application online, which will be accepted until May 1.

Olivia Koppanyi, Winnipeg resident and Level 3 RWB School Ballet Academic Program student, recently danced one of Nutcracker’s most coveted lead roles: Clara. “It was such an amazing experience to perform the role of Clara in this year’s Nutcracker,” says Koppanyi. “This role has helped my ballet technique in many different ways, from learning to tell a story with my facial expressions and challenging myself in handling the pressures of performing in front of a large crowd. By far this was one of the biggest highlights about being part of the RWB School Professional Division program.”

Audition Tour 2018/19 Winnipeg Schedule

9:00-10:00 | Audition 10-12 yrs

10:15-10:45 | Q & A

11:00-11:45 | Audition 13+ yrs

12:00-13:30 | Master Class 10-13 yrs

12:30-14:00 | Master Class 14+ yrs

For additional information, please visit rwb.org/audition, email: school@rwb.org, or call: 1-204-957-3467.

Interested in learning what it takes to raise a ballerina? Click here to watch the RWB’s “Raising a Ballerina” Parent Panel.

Save the Date- RWB’s Ballet Ball Returns April 13!

Celebrate like a star! The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to invite you to our 2019 Ballet Ball – Hollywood’s Golden Age on April 13 at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

The night will be brimming with riveting performances by the RWB’s brightest stars, along with a IJL luxury draw, red carpet fashion, Oscar-worthy dining alongside signature cocktails, and more!

Join in supporting the RWB and help us ensure that we continue our mission of enriching the human experience by teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance.

To reserve your tickets, please contact Mary Elliott at 204.957.3457 or email: melliott@rwb.org

Tickets are now on sale for First Steps, RWB School’s Annual Choreography Competition!

First Steps, a choreography first for many dance students, returns to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Founders’ Studio from February 6-9.

Since 1990, First Steps has given RWB School Professional Division students an opportunity to create original choreography, overseeing all creative elements including music, lighting, costuming, and dancer selection. The competition is open to the public to view and is a tremendous opportunity for students to present their original pieces and receive feedback on their work from a group of talented professionals in the dance community.

Tickets for First Steps are available by visiting rwb.org, 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. Adult tickets are $17, student/senior/child tickets are $12, and tickets to the final performance and awards reception are $30 for everyone.

Please click here to watch a video on students’ inspiration behind their First Steps choreography.

Greenroom: Move over Modern, it’s time to Celebrate the Classics!

RWB Company dancers reflect on what they like best about classical ballets as Romeo & Juliet, arguably one of the greatest classical ballets, approaches.

Sophia Lee
Principal Dancer
Classical ballets are always challenging to work on, which is also the reason why we love them. It feels incredible to carry on the tradition that has existed and been passed down for many years.

Alanna McAdie
I like the constant study of the artform. Each classical ballet has its own style-it takes a lot of studying to understand that style and interpret it.

Sarah Davey
Second Soloist
My favourite part about classical ballet is the music. We are so lucky to have an amazing orchestra to dance to.

Elizabeth Lamont
Second Soloist
My favourite aspect about a classical ballet is the history of the choreography and the music, dating back over a hundred years old. Many generations of dancers have had their technique and artistry tested by these roles and it’s inspiring to do it as well.

Katie Bonnell
Corps de Ballet
It’s always satisfying to do corps work in a full-length classical ballet as you must be very in sync with many other women.

Jaimi Deleau
Corps de Ballet
Dancing classical ballets is always fun because I love using classic technique, as well as exploring the unique artistry of each ballet.

Liam Saito
Corps de Ballet
The technical challenge, as well as the music, symmetry, and structure that combine to create a truly classical ballet.

Peter Lancksweerdt
Corps de Ballet
I like classical ballets because of the technical challenges, and yet they almost always come with a story. Adding a story to (sometimes very difficult) steps is one of the factors that, in my opinion, makes dancing so exiting.