For the first time in nearly 50 years, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be travelling to Massachusetts to participate in the 80th Anniversary of the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival from August 1-5, 2012.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival served as the platform for RWB’s launch onto the international scene in 1964, under the direction of the late Artistic Director Emeritus Dr. Arnold Spohr. RWB returns to the festival this year for a rare performance that includes three unique pieces that showcase the diverse repertoire and incredible talent of the Company, including Peter Quanz’s In Tandem, the pas de deux from As Above So Below by acclaimed choreographer Mark Godden, and Carmina Burana by world-renowned artist Mauricio Wainrot.
PHOTO: BRUCE MONK
This summer, in addition to students from across Canada and the United States, the RWB School Professional Division is delighted to welcome international students from Argentina, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Thailand!
Miss Regina Bertuzzi, who competed at the 2012 Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York City in the spring, is in Winnipeg all the way from Sante Fe, Argentina.
Also joining us from YAGP is Mr. Liam Saito from Florence, Massachusetts.
New Zealanders Mr. Riley Baldwin, Mr. Oscar Hoelscher and Mr. Charlie Riddiford are attending Summer Session as part of the RWB School’s ongoing student exchange program with the New Zealand School of Dance, now in its sixth year.
Miss Haruna Aoki, from the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan, competed at the 2011 Japan Grand Prix and is also with us for the summer.
A warm Winnipeg welcome to all of our Summer Session 2012 students!
The Winnipeg dance community lost its matriarch, Rachel Browne, C.M., on Saturday, June 9th 2012. RWB extends its sincere sympathies to Rachel's family, friends, colleagues and students.
A person of grace, fortitude, creativity and vision, Rachel continued creating to her last days. After dancing with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1957 to 1961, Rachel founded Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, the oldest modern dance company in Canada. As WCD's artistic director for two decades and as an independent choreographer and teacher after leaving the company, Rachel was a pioneer of contemporary dance and dance training in the region and the country. She will be greatly missed.
Donations in Rachel Browne's memory can be made to Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers: call Kathy Fenton at 452-0229 Ext. 223 or visit http://winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca/web4/support-wcd