2021-22 Season

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is ready to raise the curtain to a theatre filled with arts lovers. We are determined to find our way back to the place we call home and celebrate our return with you. This season of hope we are entering into will once again allow us to teach, create and perform in the way we are born to do. We invite you to be one of the first to join us as we Reignite the Stage.​

Perpetual Motion

October 14-17, 2021

History comes full circle in Perpetual Motion as we present RWB favourites intended for our 80th Retrospective, Rodeo and Seventh Symphony.

Rodeo

Theatrical ballet at its finest, Agnes de Mille’s exuberant and amusing Rodeo portrays our universal desire to be loved – and our fear of rejection from those we love. The awkward, tomboyish Cowgirl vies for the attention of the Head Wrangler at The Burnt Ranch and discovers love where she least expects it.

Seventh Symphony

From grace to stoicism to lightheartedness and ending with an explosion of energy, Toer van Schayk’s powerful choreography adds nuance to Beethoven’s eponymous symphonic masterpiece. This ballet is a potent reminder that dance has the power to transcend and represents the light at the end of a dark tunnel, hopeful and convinced of a radiant new future.

Nutcracker

December 18-28, 2021

Our homegrown Nutcracker returns to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. Follow young Clara and her Prince as they are ambushed by the mischievous Mouse King, walk through a winter wonderland filled with shimmering snowflakes, and arrive in the court of the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy. Our festive classic remains a testament to imagination with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, timeless choreography, eye-catching costumes, and of course, the dessert-stealing bear!

The Sleeping Beauty

February 23-27, 2022

Reawaken your sense of wonder with this bewitching take on the popular fairy tale. When the maleficent Carabosse lays a curse on the newborn Princess Aurora that casts her into a century-long slumber, only the power of love can compel her back home. Tchaikovsky’s iconic composition is brought to life in spellbinding classical ballet after the choreography of Marius Petipa. Luxurious sets, elaborate period costumes, and an eclectic cast of storybook characters captivate both the young in years and the young at heart in The Sleeping Beauty.

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

May 11-15, 2022

Ballet meets Broadway in this inventive reinterpretation of the fairy tale favourite. Inspired by the 1957 television musical, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story fuses classical ballet with jazz and tap to themes from Richard Rodgers’ songbook, arranged for a live jazz orchestra by Winnipeg’s own renowned bandleader Ron Paley. A delightfully retro 1950’s setting and high fashion costumes create the perfect backdrop for the season’s final mainstage performance.

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