Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is gearing up to illuminate your world with an engaging series of story ballets for our 83rd season. Our artists are bringing fresh new takes on familiar favourites to the stage. As individuals, we look for comfort in our favourite pastimes, our preferred palettes, and the sounds that bring us joy – and we believe our 2022/23 season will offer you that.
Regardless whether it is a dark romantic story with enlightening truths and forbidden desires, a lush and dreamy quintessential classic or a free-spirited tale that brings out the child in all of us, our season of Illumination will reflect the scope of the human experience.
The Handmaid’s Tale: Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood
October 12-16, 2022
Dark romanticism, enlightening truths, and forbidden desires permeate this ambitious interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The sobering speculative tale is thrillingly reimagined through extraordinary athleticism and theatricality. Enslaved to the Commander of Gilead where human rights have been stripped away, the concubine Offred must navigate this dystopian society alongside her fearless friend Moira and illicit lover Nick.
Content Warning - The Handmaid’s Tale contains mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences. This production is not recommended for children under 12
December 21-28, 2022
Beloved winter favourite Nutcracker sparkles with charm and nostalgia. A heartfelt gift from Clara’s godfather kicks off an unbelievably adventure when the Nutcracker springs to life! From a battle with the fiendish Mouse King to the opulent kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the costumes, choreography, and characters in this distinctly Canadian production are bound to capture your eyes and your heart.
March 8-12, 2023
Lush and dreamy, Swan Lake has endured as the quintessential classical ballet thanks to its iconic choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece score. Wicked sorcery from the Baron von Rothbart has trapped the Princess Odette in the form of a swan. A glimmer of hope comes in the form of the gallant Prince Siegfried, but deception threatens to unravel the lovers’ rescue when von Rothbart transforms his daughter Odile into Odette’s likeness to enthrall the Prince.
May 3-7, 2023
Escape to Neverland with this electrifying take on Peter Pan. Our story follows free-spirited Peter through daring adventures as he invites Wendy to care for his Lost Boys and defends his home against the pirate Captain Hook. High-flying action and incredible heart await you in this blockbuster dance event that shines a light on the childlike wonder within us all.
May 25-27, 2023
Spotlight is a luminous collection of dances from the young artists in the Professional Division that serves as a culmination of their artistic growth. Technical excellence meets expert storytelling as students take to the stage.
On the Edge
June 7-9, 2023
Witness the talents blossoming in the Aspirant Program with On the Edge, a dynamic and intimate series of performances. This mix of contemporary and classical pieces provides these breakout performers a platform to demonstrate their full potential.
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