Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Announces 75th Anniversary Season

Apr 03 2014 | Posted in Press Releases

2014/15 season promises ballet for the past, present and future

Winnipeg, MB (April 3, 2014) - Artistic Director, André Lewis and Executive Director, Jeff Herd proudly launched Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 75thAnniversary season today, a celebratory moment in the international ballet company’s history.

“2014/15 marks RWB’s 75th anniversary. This is a milestone in our history that we are very proud to have achieved. We are extremely grateful for the collective efforts of our artists, audiences and supporters who have brought us to this momentous occasion,” said Royal Winnipeg Ballet Executive Director, Jeff Herd. “We endeavor to continue with the creative spirit that our city is so well known for. We are proud to call Winnipeg home and excited to present new creations and enduring classics for our home audiences and to represent Winnipeg around the world.”

A true homage to RWB’s past, present, and future, the choreography selected for the upcoming season includes a balanced mix of classical favourites and thought-provoking new creations. Lewis announced the repertoire for the 2014/15 season today along with the outstanding artistic talent behind the breathtaking work to premiere in October 2014.

With the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), A Story of Truth & Reconciliation opens the 75th season from October 1-5. A Story of Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the many stories, both told and untold, by Indian Residential School survivors and their families. The talented creative team that brings this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honourary Witness Joseph Boyden, Canadian multimedia artist KC Adams, accomplished costume designer Paul Daigle and Juno Award winning composer Christos Hatzis with Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Northern Cree Singers. Tina Keeper, TRC Honourary Witness along with her sister, Joy Keeper serve as guides for the RWB.

Nutcracker returns to the stage at the Centennial Concert Hall in December 2014 to perfectly capture the essence of the holiday season. The magical softness of Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon’s choreography pairs beautifully alongside energetic crescendos to brilliantly tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince with exciting updates to be announced as the season progresses.

Perhaps the best-known classical ballet of all time, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s stunning classic Swan Lake returns to Winnipeg in March 2015. With Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s quintessential production featuring breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, the fabled lake of the swans rises into view, inspiring awe for generations to come.

The seminal work of John Alleyne, The Faerie Queen, A Ballet Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoys its Winnipeg premiere in April 2015. Enchanting fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as Alleyne paints the stage in the renowned full-length ballet inspired by William Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Faerie Queen, A Ballet Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an exploration of the contrasting elements of fantasy and reality - dark and light, mortal and immortal, male and female - and what happens when these powerful elements collide with one another.

As part of the 2014/15 Subscription Series, RWB excitedly includes the RWB School Professional Division’s presentation of La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades + Ballet Vignettes with choreography by Anna Marie Holmes inspired by Marius Petipa. Having premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877, La Bayadère was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century but was almost unknown in the West until 1961, when the touring Kirov Ballet performed the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene. Legendary India provides the setting for a tale of love, murder and vengeful judgement by the gods, set to a lyrical score byLudwig Minkus.

In June 2015, RWB presents Q DANCE, led by Artistic Director Peter Quanz, which concludes the season with a mixed repertoire program featuring two World Premieres. Well known for innovative and aesthetically outstanding choreographic choices, this year’s dynamic Q DANCE program is set to be a virtuosic collection of works. The three-piece program moves into the Manitoba Theatre Centre after a highly successful sold-out series at the Gas Station Arts Centre in 2013.

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary season, RWB’s annual fundraising Gala will celebrate the Company’s diamond anniversary as the largest Gala event to date. Proceeds from this glittering affair on April 28, 2015 will support the aspiring young artists of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

RWB also hosts Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as they present an innovative take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella on February 7, 2015. This ballet by Bengt Jörgen balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships.


A Story of Truth and Reconciliation
October 1-5, 2014
Choreography - Mark Godden
Story Treatment - Joseph Boyden
Costume Design - Paul Daigle
Scenic Design - KC Adams
Music - Christos Hatzis with Tanya Tagaq and Northern Cree Singers

December 20-28, 2014
Choreography - Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon
Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents Cinderella
February 7, 2015
Choreography - Bengt Jörgen
Music - Sergei Prokofiev

Swan Lake
March 4-8, 2015
Choreography - Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Faerie Queen, A Ballet Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 29-May 3, 2015
Choreography - John Alleyne
Music - ­­­Henry Purcell, Owen Underhill, and Michael Bushnell

RWB School Professional Division presents La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades + Ballet Vignettes
May 21-23, 2015
Choreography - Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa
Music - Ludwig Minkus


June 9 -12, 2015
Choreography - Peter Quanz and Gabrielle Lamb

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Funders - Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and The Winnipeg Foundation. We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors and donors.

To purchase tickets for the 2014/15 season

Season subscriptions are now available 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. Single tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, May 20. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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.


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