Jul 10 2017 | Posted in Press Releases

WINNIPEG – July 10, 2017. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) kicks off their 78th season with a long-standing Winnipeg summer favourite: Ballet In The Park. Running from July 26 – 28, this free family event returns to Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances on the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park has been an annual Winnipeg tradition since the early 1970’s, attracting more than 20,000 people from Winnipeg and beyond.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company dancers will perform Lila York’s Celts, a crowd-pleaser from their 2016/17 season. The RWB School Professional Division students will dance a pas de trois of The Fairy Doll, while the Recreational Division students will be treating the audience to a Grease medley.

“There is no cost to attend Ballet In The Park, which makes it a wonderful and accessible outing for families,” states Arlene Minkhorst, RWB School Director. “I personally enjoy seeing the youngest audience members who simply cannot help themselves but join in and dance in the beautiful park space. For many people, the opportunity to watch the dancers warm up before the show is as interesting as watching them actually perform.”

Aside from the performances, Ballet In The Park offers a pointe shoe toss, colouring, face painting, and a contest to win a pair of tickets to Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin.

“Ballet In The Park is a must-see summer tradition, showcasing the amazing talent of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet,” says Peter Hak, CEO, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of an event that not only supports the arts, but brings the ballet to the community each year, making it accessible to all.”

Ballet In The Park has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Arts Council. The RWB also gratefully acknowledges the 2017 Ballet in the Park Presenting Sponsor: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website at Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.

Tuesday, July 25 at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. Details to follow.

What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Ballet In The Park
Location: Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB.
Date: July 26 - 28 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission. Tickets not required.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier 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. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 22 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
For over 75 years, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has been inspiring young artists and supporting them in the pursuit of their goals. Under the direction of Arlene Minkhorst, the RWB School is well-known across Canada and around the world for providing excellence in dance education. The School’s state-of the-art facility, located in historic downtown Winnipeg, is home to the more than 1,500 students annually.



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