May Company Spotlight

May 29 2017 | Posted in Spotlight

Overjoy and Ovations for Vespers!

RWB Company Dancers and Evelyn Hart in Vespers; Photo by Stanislav Belyaevsky

It feels like just yesterday James Kudelka began working with the RWB Company dancers and Evelyn Hart on the creation of Vespers. On our end, it has been mesmerizing, to say the least, to watch all of the Ballet’s components come to fruition over the months.

As always, thank you to those who attended and supported our World Premiere! We enjoyed performing for you as much as you enjoyed being in the audience.

What were our audience members saying on social media?

•“Attended Vespers performance this afternoon! Outstanding chorus, choreography, music, and set design! Seeing Evelyn Hart perform again with such soulful interpretation was such a treat!” –Michelle Powder
•“What a wonderful performance by everyone! It was wonderful to see Evelyn Hart dance again! Bravo to the chorus & musicians!” –Diane Lee Ford
•“Loved this performance. Glorious to see Miss Hart once again. Amazing orchestra and choir. But how is it that there were empty seats Winnipeg. You need to see this amazing work of art and support our RWB. This is a ballet for everyone. Please support. I am going to go again!” –Heather Collins
•“An amazing performance! Enjoyed it immensely!” –Tina Sangster
•“Vespers with Evelyn Hart was a musical painting that moved us all.” –Lynette’n’Ernie Wiebe

•“I feel so lucky I was able to see Evelyn Hart dance again. She was divine!” -@elizabethzxx
•“I feel so privileged to have seen her dance. Growing up I heard what an amazing dancer she was and one of my yoga teachers Todd Miller knew her from the company and spoke very highly of her. I hope to go to more productions from the RWB soon.” –maurice_gingras
• “Amazing piece - thanks to Andre and James and Evelyn and the whole company - it was beautiful!” –ewaknits

•“Fantastical performance @RWBallet #Vespers with the always graceful #EvelynHart & masterful vocals @cameratanova!” -@csharfe
•“40 years of going to the @RWBallet with my mom and today was one of the best! #RWBVespers #WorldPremiere #EvelynHart #MothersDay” -@mcmurrayvmc
• “Vespers is mesmerizing, w/highest calibre dancing incl. inspirational Evelyn Hart & exquisite sounds. Bravo to all! #RWBVespers” -@michelle373737
•“Vespers @RWBallet a wonderful new work: poignant Kudelka choreography plus gorgeous singing by @cameratanova & excellent dancing horses too.” -@SusanDeEtte62

•“I could not have loved this more. Vespers is nuanced and detailed and full of emotion, and the choreography felt organic and layered.” –An Historian About Town
•“Vespers is a truly stunning ballet, full of power and intentionality. Each small detail of the choreography, set, lighting, and costume design comes together with the music to draw the audience into a fascinating and richly textured mythology. “ -The Dance Post
•“Vespers is a must-see cultural event.” –

Interested in what Winnipeg Free Press’ Holly Harris had to say? Please click here.

Participate in the 2017 Pride Parade with the RWB!

Pride 2016; Photo by Mike Deal of the Winnipeg Free Press

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Parade, and the RWB is proud to be a part of it! The Parade is the signature event in the Winnipeg Pride Festival. Individuals from the RWB have participated in the festival over the years, but this time the RWB will attend as a group, marching together behind an RWB banner.

The Parade takes place at 11 AM on Sunday, June 4th and begins at Memorial and York, travels down Portage Avenue and concludes at the Forks at the Pride Festival.

For more information on Pride Winnipeg, please click here.

The Heat is on for RWB School Summer Programs

RWB Dance Intensive; Photo: RWB Archives

School is definitely not out for summer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet!

Adult Summer Dance takes place July 3rd – August 3rd and offers ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, and tap classes that start at beginner and work their way up pending on skill level.

Dance Intensive (DI17) is a dynamic two-week training program for young dancers aged 9-18 and takes place from July 31st to August 12th. DI17 is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves artistically, improve their technique and deepen their understanding of ballet in a positive and supportive environment!

The RWB School Professional Division’s Teachers’ Summer Workshop is in the works from July 10th to 14th. This workshop is a five day professional development opportunity for dance teachers at all stages of their careers and working in any syllabus or system of training.

The RWB School Professional Division Summer Session takes place July 2nd to July 29th. RWB’s Professional Division Summer Session is considered the second stage of a two stage audition process for entry into RWB’s Professional Division Ballet Academic Program. Students complete intensive work in ballet and pointe technique and, depending on their level, pas de deux and variations. In addition to classical training, students receive a comprehensive education in character dance and modern dance. The curriculum is augmented by classes in historical dance, conditioning, music, repertoire, Spanish dance, improvisation, choreography, visual art, dance history, creative movement, nutrition, performance enhancement, as well as strength-training for male students.

For more information on RWB School summer programming, please click here.

Mark your calendars- Ballet In The Park dates are set!

Ballet in the Park 2016 By David Warburton

It’s time to come together for one of Winnipeg’s favourite summer traditions! Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites everyone to Ballet In The Park at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre stage. Performances begin at 7:30 pm nightly and run from July 26 - 28, 2017. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park is a great way to experience ballet. A tradition since the early 1970s, this FREE family–friendly event attracts more than 20,000 people annually, from Winnipeg and beyond.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch Lila York’s Celts at this year’s Mixed Programme, you have a second opportunity to do so at Ballet In The Park 2017.

Be sure to visit our website for updates!

Sharing Dance Day is Around the Corner!

Sharing Dance Day 2015; Photo by Amy Simoes

Sharing Dance Day 2017 is Thursday, June 8th and is just a hop, skip, and a choreographed jump around the corner! Figuratively and literally, this year’s Sharing Dance Day takes place at the University of Winnipeg’s Health and RecPlex at 350 Spence Street, just minutes from the RWB building.

What does the day entail? The event begins at 10:30 AM and features performances by the School of Contemporary Dancers, Gearshifting, Boss Dance Team, Rainbow Stage, Shanley Spence Folklorama Dance Class, and the RWB.

Arguably the most anticipated performance of the day is the performance of the Sharing Dance Day routine, a piece choreographed by four Canadian choreographers that answers the question of “what it means to be Canadian”. Participants of all skill levels have been learning this routine since January and are eager to unite in performance.

That’s not all—Sharing Dance Day will be brimming with notable Winnipeggers such as the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Cheer and Dance Team and loved Winnipeg mascots, such as Folklorama Llama and Niibin from Canada Summer Games!

More about Sharing Dance:
Sharing Dance has been chosen as a Canada’s 150th Project as an initiative used to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in FREE, healthy, fun and creative dance activities. We are excited about the opportunity to introduce dance to a community that might not otherwise have had the chance to participate and work together to make dance accessible to all Canadians! It is 100% free to participate and also includes FREE, fun activities for the whole family. As a Sharing Dance National Partner, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is leading the charge in Winnipeg – improving access to, and delivering, FREE, quality dance programs to those that need it most.

For further information, please click here.

A Sweet Treat on June 3rd!

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Treat yourself to one of the many unique treasures the RWB Women’s Committee retails at Things Antiques and Gifts’ annual Sidewalk Sale on Saturday June 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM.

To accommodate for Things Antiques and Gifts special anniversary year, they are hosting their annual sidewalk sale in June instead of the fall. Things Antiques and Gifts has other events planned in the fall to engage their community and show appreciation for its longstanding support!

Things Antiques and Gifts is located at 913 Corydon Avenue and offers antique, vintage and contemporary collectibles, including but not limited to china, silver, crystal, jewelry, furniture, linens and many carefully selected unique pieces to appeal to their varied clientele.

For more information, please visit their website here.

Fairmont Trees of Hope-the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Picture (L-R): Drew Fisher (Fairmont Winnipeg General Manager), Professional Division students, Vishal Sagar (Fairmont Director of Sales & Marketing)

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet was selected as the lucky organization to receive contributions from Fairmont Winnipeg’s annual Trees of Hope Campaign, which ran from November to December in 2016. Trees of Hope is an annual Holiday season campaign put on by the Fairmont hotel chain. Guests of the Fairmont contributed at the service desk and then hung a pair of pointe shoes on a Christmas tree in the Fairmont’s lobby.

Proceeds were divided between RWB’s Pointe Shoe Fund & the RWB School Recreational Division Opportunity Fund. In total, $4,530 was raised through this campaign, which we received this past spring.

An endless “thank you” to those who contributed and to Fairmont Winnipeg!

Greenroom: Pinkham School’s participation in Sharing Dance Day

Sharing Dance has been chosen as a Canada’s 150th Project as an initiative used to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in FREE, healthy, fun and creative dance activities. We are excited about the opportunity to introduce dance to a community that might not otherwise have had the chance to participate and work together to make dance accessible to all Canadians!

One of the local school names that has partnered with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for Sharing Dance Day is Pinkham School. We had a chance to sit down with some of the staff and students to talk about their experiences with Sharing Dance- check out the videos below!