Fast ForwardInnovative Dance Inspired by Dancers

Fast Forward

Fast Forward

Innovative Dance Inspired by Dancers

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At this time, the RWB regretfully postpones the digital performance of Fast Forward: Innovative Dance Inspired by Dancers until it is possible to return to the stage.

Since the artists returned to the studios there has been an intense desire to dance and create. Even though our return to the stage remained volatile, our intention was to share a black box theatre experience with you, debuting new choreography from the artists, without the distraction of lights, sets and props; however, as the world evolves around the challenges of COVID-19, so do we.

For the first time in our 80-year history Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will take you behind the scenes and share the art of dance in its rawest form, inside the rehearsal studio. No lights, no costumes — just the artists in their natural studio space, where the art begins.

This footage was captured mere days before the latest restrictions sent our dancers home, unable to rehearse or perform. It possesses a natural beauty, offering an intimate look at how it begins, rather than the polished final product for the stage. The unadulterated creativity and artistic expression contained herein is the product that keeps us all inspired, and we are proud to share it with you.

In addition, we are offering an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes undertaken by dancers, complete with rehearsal footage reflecting the current state of our artists’ pieces and live Q&A opportunities with the choreographers, hosted by Artistic Director and CEO Andre Lewis and Associate Artistic Director Tara Birtwhistle.

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If you are currently a 2020/21 subscriber, registered alumni or have made a donation since July 1, 2019 you will receive this special gift in the form of a link sent directly to your email on November 26.

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Embark on a journey without ever leaving your seat, at <b>Fast Forward: Innovative Dance Inspired by Dancers</b>, the latest offering from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This performance features all-new choreography from company dancers and performed by their fellow artists. Reminiscent of the popular performance series of the same name from the 80s and 90s, the new Fast Forward will be a dynamic and innovative black box theatre performance, emphasizing the artistry, and allowing the movement to captivate you.

Throughout the creation of each piece, the RWB and Company dancers were careful to observe public health guidelines and best practices. All pieces are choreographed with respect to physical distancing and only dancers, in a household bubble, will be allowed physical contact. This added aspect ensures that the planned pas de deux will be a powerful reminder of the importance of human touch and how crucial it is to dance.

At this time, we are limiting our audience in order to keep our artists, patrons and staff as safe as possible. Although we would love to share this performance with everyone, our subscribers will receive the opportunity to purchase tickets.

This workshopped series is our debut to the digital stage and will be exclusively available to 2020/21 subscribers and donors. Although we’d love to invite everyone to the performance, we are working to finesse our digital presence before raising the curtain to the community and around the globe. Follow us on social media for behind the scenes footage with our talented choreographers which highlights their return to studios and an intimate look at their creative process.

Featured choreographers include Alanna McAdie, Sarah Joan Smith, Stephan Azulay, Liam Caines, Peter Lancksweerdt, Larouche, Yosuke Mino, Yue Shi and Ryan Vetter. Want to learn more about them? Check out their bios