RWB Company Dancers Alanna McAdie, Sarah Davey and Alex Lantz with hostess Jeannie Senft
André Lewis meets reception hosts Rod and Jeannie Senft.
Calfornia was seeing Rouge earlier this month when RWB Honorary International Council Members, Rod and Jeannie Senft hosted a afternoon reception in their home in Palm Desert prior to the RWB’s performance of Moulin Rouge ® – The Ballet at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. The reception was a wonderful opportunity for RWB staff and company dancers to connect with more than 100 donors, patrons and friends of the RWB who were in Palm Desert.
Artistic Director, André Lewis, thanked hosts Rod and Jeannie for their tremendous support of the RWB and for graciously hosting the event. Many of the guests were also in the audience that evening for the sold out performance of Moulin Rouge ® – The Ballet.
“It was a wonderful day and the performance was exceptional..I feel so proud to have the RWB a part of my city to enrich our lives.” said, Winnipegger Lila Goodspeed who attended both the reception and the performance.
Choreographed by Peter Wright, this romantic-style ‘ballet blanc,’ which premiered at the Paris Opera Ballet in 1841, tells the story of a young peasant girl’s love for a nobleman and her ultimate betrayal at his hands. Giselle’s heartbreak and despair lead to her tragic demise, but she and the Wilis, the spirits of other jilted lovers, seek their revenge from beyond the grave as irresistible spirits of a deathly dance.
First Soloist Harrison James speaks to his role as Albrecht in Giselle.
Breakfast Television got a behind the scenes sneek peak at the RWB's upcoming production of Giselle, which will haunt the Centennial Concert Hall from March 7th to 11th.
Reporter Jenna Khan spent some time in the shoe room talking with Janet Anderson about what goes on behind the scenes to make a ballet dancers feet look so beautiful onstage. Then the well-known Breakfast Television reporter took in a bit of rehearsal time as Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson worked through some of the more demanding scenes from Giselle with Artistic Director Andre Lewis.
Thanks City TV! And see you at Opening White Out!