Know Before You Go To Vespers

May 09 2017 | Posted in Newsletter

May 10-14, 2017
Centennial Concert Hall

Elizabeth Lamont and Yosuke Mino, photo by Rejean Brandt
Evelyn Hart and Liam Caines, photo by David Cooper

CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL: Now with Shaw open wifi available to all patrons! All beverages purchased at the Concert Hall can now be consumed inside the theatre as well as the lobby. Food may be consumed in the lobby only.

RUN TIME: 1 hour 38 minutes (including 20 minute intermission)
DOORS OPEN: 60 minutes before curtain

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian ballet icon Evelyn Hart joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers, a new ballet choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.

Vespers means “evening prayer” and has stood the test of time for over four hundred years- a true testament to the music’s remarkable power. Vespers combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.

Claudio Monteverdi’s stunning score is performed by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting. This emotionally powerful ballet features iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart in a role created especially for her.

Pre-Show Chats

Wednesday, May 10: 7:05-7:20 PM
HOST: Marjorie Dowhos, CBC Radio Noon Host
GUEST: Ryan Vetter, RWB Company Dancer

Thursday, May 11: 7:05-7:20 PM
HOST: Simeon Rusnak, Classic 107 FM Host
GUEST: Mel Braun, Camerata Nova Conductor

Friday, May 12: 7:05-7:20 PM
HOST: Doug Speirs, Arts & Life Columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press
GUEST: Tara Birtwhistle, RWB Ballet Master and Former RWB Principal Dancer

Saturday, May 13: 7:05-7:20 PM
HOST: Tracy Koga, Shaw TV Community Access Producer
GUEST: Liam Caines, RWB Company Dancer

Sunday, May 14: 1:30-1:45 PM
HOST: André Lewis, RWB Executive Artistic Director
GUEST: Evelyn Hart, Ballerina; Former RWB Principal Dancer

Meet The Dancers

Join us immediately after the performance on May 10th and 12th on the piano nobile for an opportunity to meet and chat with Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers.

Backstage Tours

Join us immediately after the performance on May 11th and 13th at Portal 2 to go for an exclusive backstage tour at no extra charge. Please note that there are 75 tickets available for each backstage tour; they are available on a first come, first serve basis at the merchandise table at intermission.