November Company Spotlight

Nov 23 2016 | Posted in Spotlight

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sale

It’s that time of the year again! The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to offer our Black Friday Sale from November 25th to November 27th. If you snooze on that, you will be pleased to know that we are hosting a Cyber Monday Sale on November 28th, which feature the same discounts.

Our sale is offered to the following RWB 2016-17 season productions:

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s famed holiday classic, Nutcracker, features a can’t-miss deal of 50% off tickets in sections B and C for shows running December 26th to December 30th.

Love Lies Bleeding
Bringing Elton John to life is the critically-acclaimed ballet: Love Lies Bleeding, presented by the Alberta Ballet. Experience this fusion of contemporary ballet, jazz, and hip-hop by taking advantage of our sale, which features 30% off tickets in sections B and C!

Catch what internationally renowned choreographer, James Kudelka, has created for our world premiere of Vespers! Our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale features 30% off tickets in sections B and C.

Mixed Program
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 2017 Mixed Programme sale features 30% off tickets in sections A and B. Audience members of our 2017 Mixed Programme can expect nothing short of an A+ production with Lila York’s Celts and Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture.

Take advantage of this opportunity by clicking here, at our box office at 380 Graham Avenue, or by calling 204.956.2792.

2016-2017 International Audition Tour Update

Ballerinas attending IAT in Nanaimo, BC; Photo by Lindsay McNight

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s International Audition Tour has hosted 13 out of the 17 auditions for this year’s International Audition Tour! The International Audition Tour had its first stop in Winnipeg on Friday, November 18th and will return on January 22nd in search of dancers intent on a professional career in dance or the desire to teach dance.

Auditions will be held for the Ballet Academic Program, Aspirant Program, and Teacher Training Program. We encourage all those interested who are 10 years of age or older to participate regardless of your dance background or skill level! Students are auditioning to gain acceptance into the Professional Division Summer Session (July 2017) in Winnipeg, which serves as the second audition phase to gain acceptance into Regular Session (September 2017 to June 2018).

For more information, please visit our website

Dracula—that’s a Wrap!

RWB Company Dancers; Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography

The goosebumps caused by Dracula are gone, but not forgotten. While Dracula is currently on its second tour into the United States, the production wrapped up in Winnipeg on October 30th.

The audience included Dracula die-hards who purchased tickets to multiple nights, a (now married) couple who had their first date at RWB’s Dracula in 2010, and many first-time ballet attendees.

Dracula received 4.5/5 stars from the Winnipeg Free Press in a review by Holly Harris. “…powerfully dramatic work, which has retained its death grip on viewers’ imaginations…it’s likely many in the mixed-generation audience went home Wednesday night fearful of things that go bump in the night — even ballet dancers”, said Harris. Read the full review here.

The lucky winner of our Dracula Costume Contest has been chosen! Kirsten Kruse will debut on stage in her Nutcracker walk-on role on Sunday, December 30th. Thank you to all who participated in our Dracula Costume Contest—there was no shortage of contest spirit at the Centennial Concert Hall! Stay tuned to our December Company Spotlight for the release of our 2016 Nutcracker Walk-on Roles.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Fairmont Winnipeg collaborate for Trees of Hope

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to participate in Fairmont Winnipeg’s holiday campaign: Trees of Hope. Trees of Hope is an annual campaign hosted by Fairmont Hotels across Canada that benefits various local causes. This year, proceeds from Trees of Hope will go to the RWB’s Pointe Shoe Fund.

The RWB School Pointe Shoe Fund supports dancers with pointe shoes for performance opportunities and provides assistance to students who need help to cover the cost of purchasing pointe shoes for class. Dancers need new pointe shoes every 3-5 weeks and at $80-$125 per pair, the cost of pointe shoes can be daunting.

The Trees of Hope campaign kicked off at the Fairmont on November 17th with Chrissy Troy, Co-host of The Ace Burpee Show, hanging the first tree ornament: a pointe shoe. For more information, please click here.

The Grand Tour of Fairmont Winnipeg’s Nutcracker Suite

An additional treat for the festive season is Fairmont Winnipeg’s Nutcracker Suite. Equipped with Nutcracker props, a grand piano, Santa’s desk (where he writes his highly anticipated letters), and no shortage of glitz, this suite is a true gem to experience.

Guests who post or tweet a photo of their Santa Suite visit using the hashtag #WPGSantaSuite will automatically be entered to win a one-night stay at Fairmont Winnipeg on the Fairmont Gold floor.

For more information on the Santa Suite, please click here.

Discover One-of-a-kind Treasures at Things Antiques and Gifts Holiday Sale

Avoid the December shopping mall chaos and support the Royal Winnipeg Ballet this holiday season! Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s wonderful Women’s Committee is back again with their annual tradition, the Things Antiques & Gifts Holiday Shopping Event. This event will take place on Sunday, December 4th from 12 – 4 PM at 913 Corydon Avenue. All proceeds go to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Things Antiques & Gifts is brimming with vintage, upcycled treasures such as artwork, china and dinnerware, crystal, figurines, midcentury modern home accessories, furniture, and jewelry!

Please note that Things Antiques & Gifts will be extending their Thursday hours in December to 7 PM. Regular shopping hours are Monday – Saturday form 10 AM – 4 PM.

To learn more about Things Antiques & Gifts, please click here.

GREENROOM: And The Role Goes To…

Nutcracker 2015; Photo by Réjean Brandt

Nutcracker-induced excitement has been present within the Royal Winnipeg Ballet building long before November!

On Sunday, October 2nd, over 130 RWB School Recreation Division students auditioned for 7 Nutcracker roles. These roles include angles, polar bears, and party children.

Congratulations to those that accepted a role this year—we look forward to having you on stage with us! A huge “thank you” to all who came out—it is this kind of excitement that makes Nutcracker an annual joy to produce!