The RWB stopped in Palm Desert and Northridge, California on the Moulin Rouge - The Ballet tour. When they weren't performing, the dancers relaxed, soaked up the sun and enjoyed some down time!
Vanessa Lawson, Nurzhan Kulybaev & Liam Caines, Emily Grizzell & Amar Dhaliwal
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.