November Company Spotlight

Nov 27 2015 | Posted in Spotlight

Official CD Release of Original Score to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s

The unique musical score to RWB’s ballet, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation (Centrediscs) was officially launched in Toronto on November 26, 2015 at the Canadian Music Centre. The CD launch event featured a blessing by Amy Desjarlais (Knowledge Keeper), words from Justice Murray Sinclair, choreographer Mark Godden, CMC Executive Director Glenn Hodgins, RWB Director of Marketing and Communications Larah Luna, composer Christos Hatzis and a special performance by Polaris award winner Tanya Tagaq.

Composer Christos Hatzis’ ballet score transcends and shatters the idea of genre and cultural boundaries by joining the searing and internationally renowned Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq with the haunting Cree songs of Steve Wood, the Northern Cree Singers, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Choreographed by Mark Godden and based on a story by Joseph Boyden the subject of the ballet is the history of the infamous Indian Residential Schools of Canada but clearly speaks to the universal issues of cultural identity.

Going Home Star was described by CBC Television as “the most important dance mounted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its illustrious 75 year history.” With this double CD, Hatzis’s score containing elements of traditional ballet, swing era jazz, disco dance music, dub-step and scratch DJ mixes and beyond help reimagine a unique 21st Century music that aims for the kind of reconciliation and cultural awakening that is the deeper goal of this multifaceted dance project.

“Mark (Godden) and I researched a great number of Aboriginal musicians as potential collaborators for our project,” shares composer Christos Hatzis. “Tanya Tagaq and The Northern Cree Singers easily stood out not only for their great artistry but also for their ability to address and transcend the cultural particular and speak to the universal.”

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be taking Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation on a Canadian tour, which includes stops in Ottawa (January 28-30), Kingston (February 2), Burlington (February 43), Toronto (February 5-6), Brandon (March 21), Regina (March 22), Saskatoon (March 23), Banff (March 26), Kelowna (March 29-30), Victoria (April 1-2), Nanaimo (April 4-5) and Vancouver (April 7-9).

“The story behind Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation takes us through heart-wrenching paths but also leaves us hopeful,” says André Lewis RWB Artistic Director. “Christos has been able to create music that connects to the story and takes audiences to a contemplative and emotional journey.”

The Original Soundtrack to Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is available online on iTunes and Amazon and is distributed by Centrediscs and Naxos of America Inc.

Hangout with Filbert the Bear

RWB’s Filbert the bear will be out and about this holiday season, so be sure to say hi and give him a bear hug!

Say hi to RWB’s Filbert the bear:

- This weekend at the MB Hydro Building Block Party at the Santa Claus parade route, from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery on December 5th, 2015, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- The Millennium Library with RWB dancer Jesse Petrie on December 12th, 2015, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

RWB’s Enchanted Holiday Tea Party

Please join us for our Enchanted Holiday Tea Party on December 19th and 20th before Nutcracker’s matinee performances at the Centennial Concert Hall. The Enchanted Holiday Tea Party is a great way to kick off your season with a very special event that is perfect for the whole family. The event will be a wondrous delight featuring a sweet and savory tea menu, visits and photos with the RWB’s famous Nutcracker mascot, Filbert the Bear, and story time with real ballerinas. At the family friendly price of $25 per person in addition to your Nutcracker ticket, this magical treat is sweet and easy.

Only 100 tickets are available so get yours before they’re gone! Please contact our Box Office at 204-956-2792 or to reserve yours!

*Please note that you will need a Nutcracker show ticket as well to participate.

Dancer Blogs: behind the scenes on RWB’s European Tour

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a dancer on tour? Dancers Katie Bonnell, Ryan Vetter, Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Josh Reynolds share their adventure with the RWB with some special blog posts highlighting their Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet tour.

Read more about what they saw and experienced in Europe:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Professional Division Students Head Out Into The Community For Concert Hour Ballet

Concert Hour Ballet sends senior students in the Ballet Academic Program around the city and across the prairies to share the power of dance with other school-aged children in schools and community spaces. In the 2015/16 School year, we will tour to from November 16-20 with the dual goal of introducing classical ballet and contemporary dance forms to new audiences, particularly those who might not otherwise have the opportunity, and providing professional dance students an opportunity to experience the demands of performance and touring first-hand.

2015/16 Audition Tour update

The RWB School Professional Division Audition Tour is underway and has already visited Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Toronto, Saint John, St. John’s Halifax, Ottawa and of course, Winnipeg! It has a been a very exciting and fun experience so far getting to meet so many talented young dancers all over Canada. The RWB would like to congratulate the students have already been accepted and encourage more dancers to follow their dreams.

The RWB School Professional Division Audition Tour is still visiting a few more cities, including:

- Minneapolis on Sunday, January 10, 2016
- Montréal on Sunday, January 17, 2016
- London on Monday, January 18, 2016
- And a second stop in Winnipeg on Sunday, January 24, 2016

To download the registration form and learn more information, please visit CLICK HERE, email or call the RWB School Office at (204) 957-3467.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company Wows Audiences At Pantages

This Royal Winnipeg Ballet was pleased to present the Winnipeg debut of the Paul Taylor Dance Company The New York based Company amazed audiences with their mixed repertoire programme which included the inspired and thoughtful Company B, the passionate and fiery Piazzola Caldera and the well-loved piece, Esplanade.

Thank you for joining us in welcoming this world-renowned company to our city. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet strongly believes in the importance of sharing amazing and rare opportunities to see guest companies such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We hope that you have enjoyed the show as much as we have!

Remembering Alexandra Nadal

photo 1: Courtesy of RWB, photo 2: Courtesy of Slavin Nadal School of Ballet
photo 1: Courtesy of RWB, photo 2: Courtesy of Slavin Nadal School of Ballet

Alexandra (Sandy) Nadal Slavin, beloved mother, teacher, mentor and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 17, 2015 after a 2 year illness. She was born in Port au Prince, Haiti on October 26, 1943 and began her performing experience at age 14. Alexandra later married the love of her life, Eugene Slavin, and they joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where they performed for five years before moving to Austin. In 1989, Eugene and Alexandra established the Slavin-Nadal School of Ballet, passing on a legacy of love for the ballet and the beauty of dance. Alexandra continued teaching after Eugene’s death in December 2014, until joining him in a heavenly pas de deux on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Are You A Costco Member?

Not sure what to get your family for Christmas? Costco is currently carrying $100 Gift Certificate Packages for the discounted retail price of $79.99. Please visit any of the three Winnipeg Costco warehouses to purchase. Gift certificates can be used towards purchase of tickets, subscriptions, merchandise and more!

Black Friday Weekend at the Ballet

RWB’s Black Friday sale is back and this year is a steal! From Black Friday, November 27 – Cyber Monday, November 30, enjoy 50% OFF Nutcracker tickets in sections B, C, & D. Also on sale is A Cinderella Story and Peter Pan. Just remember to use promo code BLACKFRIDAY15.

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