Photo: Michelle Blais
Happy International Dance Day! Today in Winnipeg, Debra Zoerb, Director of Operations, School along with other members of Winnipeg’s dance community met with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Minister of Culture Flor Marcelino at the Legislative Building to observe the day. The commemoration included a number of dance students from the School of Contemporary Dancers performing a modern piece. The dancers were costumed in wedding gowns in honour of the Royal Wedding. The event was presented by Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative and coordinated by Stephanie Ballard.
In Ottawa, the RWB Company are also recognizing International Dance Day with a performance of Wonderland tonight.
RWB’s dancers have packed their bags for one last time this season as they travel to Ottawa today for performances of Wonderland at the National Arts Centre from April 28 – 30. These performances are part of Prairie Scene, a festival celebrating artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This expedition will also mark Tara Birtwhistle’s final tour as principal dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
The RWB has had an exciting touring season. The highlight excursion took
place in October as the Company danced in three Israeli cities in celebration
of the RWB’s 70th Anniversary – the first time overseas in seven years!
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to
congratulate RWB Soloist Yosuke Mino on winning second prize for dance at the
International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The festival
ran from March 17 to 20 and Mino managed to find time to fly to Germany during
the RWB’s western tour of Wonderland. Mino choreographed and
performed his new work titled Koji.
“The best part about being involved in the festival,” said Mino “was being able to meet and talk to people in the contemporary dance world, a world that really interests me. I am quite honoured to win second prize for dance.”