RWB Announces Cancellation of Alice (in Wonderland)

Jun 30 2020 | Posted in Press Releases


RWB’s 2020/21 Season Will Now Begin in December WINNIPEG, MB - June 30, 2020 – Today Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) announced the cancellation of Septime Webre’s Alice (in wonderland). This announcement comes due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding COVID-19 and the continued restrictions of large public gatherings.

Previously scheduled to run from October 21 – 25, 2020 the RWB’s performances of Alice (in wonderland) would have been the first time the show appeared in Canada. Septime Webre’s joyful reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s novel would have featured extraordinarily challenging choreography and beautiful, vibrant sets and costumes.

Alice (in wonderland)was one of the most highly anticipated events of the upcoming season, but the travel restrictions and limitations on large public gatherings have made it impossible to pursue as a realistic goal,” says André Lewis, Artistic Director and CEO of the RWB. “The health and safety of our patrons continues to be our highest priority, but this was a difficult decision nonetheless.”

Though Alice (in wonderland) will not take the stage in Winnipeg this year, the RWB remains hopeful that mainstage shows will resume before 2021. Health officials have indicated that indoor gatherings of up to 250 may be permitted by the Fall, which suggests that guidelines may relax in time for December’s Nutcracker to be the first mainstage performance of the RWB’s 81st season. The RWB also remains confident that Swan Lake and The Magic Flute will take the stage as currently scheduled in 2021.

The RWB is currently in the process of reaching out to subscribers and ticket holders with reserved seats for Alice (in wonderland)and provide them with options for an exchange or refund of their tickets. The RWB appreciates the continued support of our patrons during this tumultuous time.

As the RWB resumes delivering world-class dance by offering smaller performances, such as last weekend’s participation in CAA Manitoba Drive-In series at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, the RWB ensures adherence to government guidelines and regulations.

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