Sep 26 2018 | Posted in Press Releases

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) reported on the organization’s 2017-18 season at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wednesday, September 26 at the RWB building.

The RWB’s 78th season was their ‘Season of Storytelling’; they delighted audiences with main stage performances of classic stories: Twyla Tharp’s Princess & the Goblin, the seasonal favourite, Nutcracker and the opulent The Sleeping Beauty, along with a mixed program featuring Mauricio Wainrot’s stirring Carmina Burana. The RWB also marked Canada’s 150th with ‘Our Story’, a celebration of Canadian choreographers. The RWB, renowned for touring, returned to the National Arts Centre to perform in front of packed houses with productions of Nutcracker and Dracula.​

The RWB School had a stellar year, beginning with a summer program that attracted young dancers from across Canada and around the globe and closing with polished performances that showcased the talent and hard work of students and faculty. The School, which is the largest of its kind in Canada, teaches over 1,500 students weekly and continues to grow and expand its reach. Just shy of 830 participants joined Sharing Dance Day 2018 at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex. This represents an increase of 130 over the previous year and triple the number of participating adults with special needs.​

RWB Board Chair Don Leitch says “In the 2017-18 season, the RWB continued the journey of the past several years. Just two years ago our Annual Meeting marked a watershed moment for the organization as we were emerging from a period of significant financial challenges. I am very pleased to report that the RWB has now posted its second consecutive year of positive financial results with a surplus of $200,000. This very significant turn-around is a testament to the commitment of a dedicated and focused management team and an organization that is committed to building a solid foundation based on sound business practices, while never losing sight of their commitment to great art.”​

Leitch praised Lewis, along with his senior leadership team, for this accomplishment. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank André Lewis and his outstanding team for their commitment and hard work over the past year. We are very proud to be one of Canada’s premiere arts organizations and are positioned to continue to create art that is a source of pride in Canada and around the world. We thank our government partners, funders, sponsors, corporate partners, donors, subscribers and patrons, whose generosity and support allow us to exist and continue to grow year after year. They continue to inspire the RWB in our commitment to teach, create and perform outstanding dance.”​