Former RWB Company Dancers Return to Winnipeg Stage for Alberta Ballet’s Love Lies Bleeding

Feb 21 2017 | Posted in Press Releases

​WINNIPEG—February 21, 2017. Former Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) Company dancers, Catherine Rutherford and Serena Sanford, return to the Centennial Concert Hall stage for Alberta Ballet’s Love Lies Bleeding, presented by the RWB. This multimedia pop ballet, set to 14 Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin hits, runs from March 1-5 and features the familiar faces of RWB alumni.

Both Sanford and Rutherford are graduates of the RWB School Professional Division and look forward to seeing old teachers, RWB Company dancers, and friends during their time in Winnipeg. For Rutherford, she will have the opportunity to once again perform for her family in her hometown.

“Love Lies Bleeding is unlike anything audiences have ever seen,” says Rutherford. “Audiences go crazy when they see it—Love Lies Bleeding is a stand-alone piece!”

Sanford, whose favourite role at the RWB was Nancy in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, has new shoes to fill, high heeled boots, in fact. Sanford, who dances the role of an inner demon in Love Lies Bleeding, dons eye-catching heels, a variety of unitards, short wigs, and hats. Sanford, who danced for nine seasons with the RWB Company, will perform for the last time in Winnipeg, as she is retiring at the end of this season.

How do Rutherford and Sanford describe Love Lies Bleeding? Rutherford uses the words seductive, explosive, and empowering, while Sanford describes Love Lies Bleeding as a spectacle, passionate, and electric.

What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Alberta Ballet’s Love Lies Bleeding
Location: The Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: March 1-5, 2017
Time: March 1-4 at 7:30pm; March 5 at 2pm
Tickets: Single tickets are available online at, 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. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

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. 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 around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 21 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

About Alberta Ballet (
Alberta Ballet is one of Canada’s largest ballet companies and is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2016-17 season. Under Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet has crafted a unique repertoire of contemporary ballets that both delights classical ballet enthusiasts and attracts new audiences. One of the only arts organizations in Canada to call two cities home, Alberta Ballet is proud to be a community leader both on and off the stage.


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