SHAKESPEARE-INSPIRED BALLET PREMIERES IN THE PRAIRIES

Apr 02 2015 | Posted in Press Releases

RWB takes foremost work of Canadian choreographer to Saskatoon, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB – (March 19, 2015) Coming from a highly successful run of Swan Lake, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet continues its 75th Anniversary season with The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the seminal work of Barbados-born, Canadian choreographer John Alleyne. Alleyne’s contemporary ballet based on William Shakespeare’s famous comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoys its Winnipeg premiere with dancers of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, April 29-May 3 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Prior to Winnipeg performances, RWB takes The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the road with a 3-city Prairie Tour including stops in Saskatoon (April 21), Regina (April 22), and Brandon (April 23). Having enjoyed its World Premiere with Ballet BC in 2000, this production will be a first for these Canadian centres.

“Alleyne’s work is emblematic of the strong work being produced in the world of contemporary ballet,” shares RWB Artistic Director, André Lewis. “We always delight in sharing Canadian creations with audiences across the country.”

The sharp humor of this much-loved story comes to life with innovative, athletic choreography and an enchanting musical score composed by Michael Bushnell and Owen Underhill, adapted from Henry Purcell’s baroque opera, The Fairy Queen. The brilliant ballet score will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra in Winnipeg (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra) and Regina (Regina Symphony Orchestra).

The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Creative Team

Choreography John Alleyne

Story Adaptation John Murrell

Music composed by Michael Bushnell & Owen Underhill, adapted from Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

Costume Design Kim Nielsen

Set Design Darren Waterston

Lighting Design Jean Phillippe Trépanier

Lighting Reproduction Gerald King

RWB PRAIRIE TOUR 2015 - DATES + INFORMATION

SASKATOON

Event: The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night`s Dream
Date + time: Tuesday, April 21; 7:30 pm
Ticket prices: Tickets start as low as $27 plus taxes and fees and can purchased online at tcutickets.ca
or by calling 306.975.7799
Address: TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon

REGINA

Event: The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night`s Dream
Date + time: Wednesday, April 22; 7:30 pm
Ticket prices: Tickets start as low as $27.00 plus taxes and fees and can purchased online at
conexusticket.com or by calling 306.525.9999 or toll-free at 1.800.667.8497.
Address: Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SK

BRANDON

Event: The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night`s Dream
Date + time: Thursday, April 23; 7:30 pm
Ticket prices: Adult tickets from $58.75 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased online at wmca.ca or by calling 204.728.9510. *See website for Senior, Student and Children pricing.
Address: Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, 205 20 Street, Brandon, MB

WINNIPEG

Event: The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night`s Dream
Date: Wednesday, April 29 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm April 29, 30, May 1, 2; matinee at 2:00 pm on May 3
Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tickets: Tickets for The Faerie Queen - A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream start as low as $29 for adults plus taxes and fees and can be purchased online at 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. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

About The Faerie Queen - A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Experience this enchanting story filled with love, magic, and deception. Fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as choreographer John Alleyne paints the stage in this full-length ballet based on Henry Purcell’s opera of the same name, and on Shakespeare’s magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow Puck, as the fairy with a penchant for causing chaos, ensnaring both humans and fairies alike in romance and confusion with her magical flower blossom. The Faerie Queen is an exploration of the contrasting elements of fantasy and reality - dark and light, mortal and immortal, male and female - and what happens when these powerful elements collide with one another.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (rwb.org)

Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere 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 18 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

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Jane Puchniak | Public Relations Coordinator
T. 204.957.3456 | C. 204.223.4010
jpuchniak@rwb.org