October Company Spotlight

Oct 18 2016 | Posted in Spotlight

Under Dracula’s Spell


Principal dancers Sophia Lee and Liang Xing; Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography

Halloween decorations are out, candy is being purchased, and pumpkins are going under the carving knife.

Our 2016-17 season begins with a bang- and a bite- as we take Dracula to stage! Set to a glorious score by Gustav Mahler with opulent sets and costumes, this dark fantasy is faithful to Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, brimming with passion and fearful suspense. The creative team that brought this classic story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden and accomplished costume and set designer: Paul Daigle.

Costumes won’t just be reserved for the stage this time, as we are offering an interactive costume contest for Dracula attendees. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites vampires and ghouls of all ages to attend this production in their spookiest attire for a chance to win a walk-on role in RWB’s holiday favourite: Nutcracker. By visiting RWB’s subscription table at the Centennial Concert Hall’s front lobby, patrons in costume will receive a ballot for a chance to win this exciting grand prize. This prize includes: 1 walk-on role experience for the winning patron and two tickets to the show, one for themselves and one for a guest.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to gratefully acknowledge Dracula’s Production Supporter the Richardson Foundation, and Performance Sponsors: Investors Group, Qualico, and Arnold Bros. Transport Inc. The RWB would also like to thank Dracula’s Student Matinee Supporters, Richardson Foundation and In Memory of Peter D. Curry.

What are the critics saying about RWB’s Dracula?

“Spine-chilling monster hit” Winnipeg Free Press, 2010

“… the bloodthirsty ballet has maintained its death grip on audiences’ imaginations since its world premiere by the company in 1998.” Uptown Magazine, 2010

“Brilliant, bold and bloody, this is one RWB “dark fantasy” you simply do not want to miss.” Winnipeg Sun, 2010

Experience Dracula for yourself by purchasing tickets online, in person at 380 Graham Avenue, or by phoning 204-956-2792.

Find more information on the ballet and it’s performances here.

Mystery at the Nutcracker


Countless audiences have fallen in love with the characters of Nutcracker. Audiences watch with wide eyes when characters bustle about in The Stahlbaum Home, as docile object come to life, and as Clara transcends time.

Adding to the wonder and whimsy of Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker is the addition of someone new! Who will it be? Stay tuned for the character release in an upcoming Company Spotlight- you just may find your new favourite character!

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s International Audition Tour Takes Flight


Day 1 of the International Audition Tour in Saskatoon, SK; Photo by Lindsay McKnight

Our 2016-2017 International Audition Tour began on October 12th with our first stop being Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For the month of October we will be touring through Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Kelowna in search of ballerinas for one of our three Professional Division Programs: Ballet Academic, Aspirant Program, and Teacher Training Program. Remember, video auditions are accepted for those who cannot attend in-person. To find out more about our International Audition Tour, please click here.

Rewind to Manitoba Dance Day


Manitoba Dance Day Choreographers and Participants; Photo by Natasha Havrilenko

Sundays at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet are typically busy for our Recreation Division; however, we saw an especially packed building on Sunday, October 2nd. Aside from conducing auditions for Nutcracker, we opened our doors to Dance Downtown’s Manitoba Dance Day. In conjunction with Dance Manitoba and Rainbow Stage, we partook in this free, fun-filled afternoon as part of Culture Days 2016.

Judging by the turnout and smiling faces, we can say that the event was a success—even Filbert learned a new step or two! Thank you to our choreographers: Romeo Suban, Alissa Lee, Eugene Baffoe, and to all who made Manitoba Dance Day happen!

Please click here to watch our event coverage on Global News.

Mark Your Calendars, RWB’s AGM is Approaching

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites you to our Annual General Meeting!


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: 380 Graham Avenue
Founders’ Studio (Studio 116)


Wednesday, November 2nd
11 AM – 12 PM

A special performance by Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company Dancers and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division Students will precede the business meeting