Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet today mourns the loss of Eva von Gencsy (89), the Hungarian-born ballerina affectionately called the “Queen of Dance” who contributed to the early years of the RWB, cofounded Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and who earned an international reputation as a dance teacher.
“I will never forget taking her class,” said Johanne Gingras, Director of the RWB Teacher Training Program, who took Jazz from von Gencsy during her early training in Quebec. “As a teacher she was enthusiastic, warm and passionate,”
Von Gencsy is an important part of RWB’s history. She performed with the fledgling Winnipeg Ballet (later Royal Winnipeg Ballet) for five years, attracting new audiences to ballet with her interpretations of classical and modern roles.
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Photo: Archive (Arnold Spohr & Eva von Gencsy)
Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt, loves Radames, the captain of the Egyptian guard. But he loves Amneris' Ethiopian slave, Aida, who loves him back. What he doesn't know is that Aida's father is Amonasro, the King of Ethiopia and his country's greatest enemy.
Amonasro convinces Aida to pry a crucial battle secret from Radames,
under the guise of information they need for safe elopement. His fellow
Egyptians overhear his treachery and sentence him to be buried alive.
Once inside the vault, he finds his beloved, Aida, who chooses to die
with him rather than live without him.
Jorden Morris, famed choreographer of Moulin Rouge ® – The Ballet choreographs 3 short dance sections of the grand opera. Performing will be RWB School Aspirants Jera Wolfe, Charlie Riddiford, Zachary Rogers, and former RWB Company dancer Catherine Rutherford.
We are looking forward to this lovely evening of music and dance. For more information please see the Manitoba Opera website.