RWB WORLD PREMIERE TO INCLUDE LEGACY OF HOPE EXHIBIT
100 Years of Loss exhibit featured at Centennial Concert Hall
Winnipeg, MB – (September 24, 2014) Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is honoured to announce the inclusion of the 100 Years of Loss exhibit at the Centennial Concert Hall (Piano Nobile level) from October 1-5. The exhibit will be free to view for ticketholders to Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, RWB’s new full-length ballet and full-length original musical score. Based on a novel by Joseph Boyden, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is representation of the stories both told and untold by residential school Survivors and their families. Created by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Library and Archives Canada, the 100 Years of Loss Exhibit is a bilingual mobile exhibition designed to raise awareness about the history and legacy of residential schools. The exhibition consists of eight thematic pods (4 in each official language), and a wavy wall that presents interweaving timelines. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like express their gratitude to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and acknowledge the generous support of donors and organizations that have made Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation possible including The Asper Foundation, Tuccaro Group of Companies, Wawanesa Insurance (Production Investors) and Investors Group and RBC (Performance Sponsors) and those who generously donated to RWB’s Ticket Access Program. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet also acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and The Winnipeg Foundation. We would also like to acknowledge all of the donors to the Creations Endowment Fund whose support contributed to making this new work possible.
About the Legacy of Hope Foundation
The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Aboriginal charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools, including the effects and intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards reconciliation among generations of Aboriginal Peoples, and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.
About 100 Years of Loss
The impact of 100 Years of Loss is in the breadth and depth of the information and stories provided. It traces early relationships between European colonists and Aboriginal Peoples and examines the policies, attitudes, and events that would lead to the formation of the Residential School System. It reveals the experiences of Residential School students, their families, and communities, and highlights the extraordinary efforts of Survivors – both actual and intergenerational – to ensure that the Residential School System is not a hidden part of Canada’s history. It concludes with reflections on the importance of healing and reconciliation between nations and amongst individuals. Throughout the research, planning, design, and development phases of 100 Years of Loss, the LHF worked closely with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis curriculum developers, researchers, and curators, and drew upon a wealth of Survivor testimony. This method assured that the program was developed in a culturally respectful manner and that the materials accurately reflect the experiences of Survivors.
About Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation:
Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and towards the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth there is no reconciliation. Based on a story by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the emotions and experiences both told and untold by residential school Survivors and their families.
What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 7:30pm October 1, 2, 3, 4; matinee at 2:00pm on October 5
Tickets: Tickets for Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation start as low as $29.00 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased online at rwb.org, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204.956.2792 or toll free 1.800.667.4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.
About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (rwb.org)
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 18 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing. -30-
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