CANADA’S OLDEST BALLET COMPANY HONOURS COUNTRY’S 150TH

Oct 18 2017 | Posted in Press Releases

WINNIPEG – October 16, 2017. In honour of Canada’s 150th, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is proud to present Our Story on November 16, 17, and 19th in RWB’s Founders’ Studio at 380 Graham Avenue. Our Story is a special performance in celebration of Canadian choreographers – each of whom have played a part in RWB’s repertoire through their nearly 80-year history. The performance will include Mark Godden’s Miroirs, Belong by Norbert Vesak, and a brand-new piece by Peter Quanz. All repertoire will be performed by RWB Company dancers.

Quanz, graduate of the RWB School Professional Division and esteemed choreographer for ballet companies around the world, has created a piece specifically for Our Story. His highly-anticipated work is sure to be one of the highlights of RWB’s mixed-repertoire show.

Vesak, the most internationally acclaimed choreographer of his time, was appointed the official choreographer of the RWB in 1975. The pas de deux from Belong is known as the signature piece of Evelyn Hart, iconic Canadian ballerina. Hart and former RWB Company Dancer David Peregrine danced this excerpt at the 1980 Varna Ballet Competition where they won the gold medal.

Reflecting on her experience with Belong, Hart says “the key to this pas de deux is the connection between the partners. The steps have to be done with an automatic trust. A trust that is both physical and emotional. For those 10 minutes that you’re on stage, you’re creating a very personal experience for you and your partner. It is something very personal. The sheer intimacy between the two individuals is something that no one can take away.”

Dancing Belong in Our Story is RWB Principal Dancer Dmitri Dovgoselets and RWB Second Soloist Chenxin Liu.

Our Story also includes Jacques Lemay’s Le Jazz Hot, which premiered in 1985, Shawn Hounsell’s LED, which premiered in 2008, and Brian Macdonald’s Pas D’Action, which premiered in 1964.

RWB Artistic Director André Lewis says “the RWB’s story spans nearly eight decades. These featured choreographers have played a pivotal role in our history and we are eager to once again perform their work.”

A limited amount of tickets are on sale now at www.rwb.org, in person through the RWB Box Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792.

Our Story has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Manitoba Arts Council.

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What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Our Story
Location: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Founders’ Studio, 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: November 16, 17, 19, 2017
Time: November 16 + 17 at 7:30pm; November 19 at 2pm
Tickets: Tickets are $35 and are available online at www.rwb.org, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis, versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand across North America. In addition to the Company, the RWB is home to the RWB School, consisting of both a Professional Division which trains young artists for careers in dance, and a Recreational Division which provides dance programming to over 1,500 students each year.

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