RWB Aspirants had a rare treat yesterday when La la la Human Steps dancers; William Smith and RWB School alumni Zofia Tujaka and Jason Shipley-Holmes held a workshop at the RWB. The two-day workshop gave Aspirants a glimpse of what a day of work might be like with leading contemporary choreographer Edouard Lock and his globe-trotting company La La La Human Steps.
Renowned choreographer and La la la Human Steps Artistic Director Edouard Lock made an appearance at day two of the workshop to bestow some words of wisdom on the young artists. “Think percussive, rhythmic, precision,” Lock instructed the Aspirants. The company is famed for its intricate movements and breakneck performance speed and accuracy, and the workshop combined all those elements into some truly unique movement patterns.
“It was much more physical than I ever would have expected,” said Aspirant Katie Bonnell. “The movements are sharp and intricate but they’re not huge. It takes the skill of the performers to get the impressiveness of the movements across. I loved it – I never would have thought I’d have the chance to work with them and it was incredible.”
"It was a great workshop,” agrees Jera Wolfe. "They take ballet and classical lines and just mess with it and speed it up. It’s amazing to dance. When we started learning it, it was a complete mess but then once you get it together it’s incredible movement!”
Catch La la la Human steps in performance tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall as part of the WSO New Music Festival. Read more »
The RWB School Audition Tour will wrap up this Sunday in Winnipeg. It is the last chance for talented young dancers to try out for a coveted spot at the RWB School Summer Session. Level 7 Professional Division students Kylie Duggan and Filip Kurlowicz both know what it takes to make it in the Professional Division of the RWB School and they took some time out of their busy schedule to share some of their experience and wisdom with the hopefuls.
This video with Kylie and Filip also includes footage of them dancing the Grand Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty, sheds some light on what it’s really like to live and dance at the RWB.
RWB Alumni Victor Duret with Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Harrison James, Amanda Green, Dmitri Dovgoselets & Tara Birtwhistle
RWB Alumni Victor Duret was with The RWB Company in 1953 when it received its Royal Charter. Mr. Duret joined the current company to watch a rehearsal of Moulin Rouge at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa while visiting family. He also sat down with Artistic Director, André Lewis to reminisce about ballets of Mr. Duret's era. RWB is pleased to have had Mr. Duret as a guest during the tour.