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Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 15, 2012) - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will travel to Northern Manitoba at the end of the month with a group of dancers for a mixed repertoire tour that includes stops in Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas.

The first record of RWB travelling to Northern Manitoba was to premiere Brian Macdonald’s Les Whoops-de-Doo in Flin Flon in 1959, and now the Company returns to perform Peter Quanz’s In Tandem, Jorden Morris’ The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen, and Brian Macdonald’s Pas D’Action. The tour kicks off in The Pas on May 25 at 7:00 pm at Kelsey School. The next performance will be in Flin Flon on May 26 at 7:30 pm at the RH Channing Auditorium at the Flin Flon Community Hall before making its final stop in Thompson on May 27 at the Letkemann Theatre at 8 pm.

“We tour all over the world and in Canada but rarely in Manitoba. We’re very proud of what our Company does here in Winnipeg, and we want to show this to as many places as possible in our home province,” said Jeff Herd, Executive Director of RWB.

The tour was made possible through the generosity of sponsors Vale Limited, Hudbay Minerals and Manitoba Hydro, and with the support of the Flin Flon Arts Council, the City of Thompson, The Pas Arts Council, The Flin Flon Reminder and Clear 590.

“Hudbay is pleased to sponsor the RWB Northern Manitoba tour. We are excited to welcome the RWB back to entertain our employees, our families and our neighbours,” said Tom Goodman, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hudbay Minerals.

The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen
Beautifully set to the music and poetry of Canadian songwriting legend Leonard Cohen, Jorden Morris’ new ballet The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen explores the complexities of relationships across the threshold to love and longing.

Featuring Cohen’s The Letters and covers of his songs Hallelujah, Bird on the Wire and Sisters of Mercy, this 20-minute ballet is separated into five vignettes that each tells its own story.

In Tandem
Originally commissioned by and performed at the Works & Process Series of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, In Tandem is a choreographic journey that fuses classical ballet vocabulary with contemporary movement.

Choreographed by RWB School alumnus Peter Quanz, this neo-classical ballet is set to the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet by American composer, Steve Reich. The music carries the dancers swiftly and vibrantly from beginning to end, unmistakably echoing both the darker and lighter moods of the performance.

Pas D’Action
Melodrama, parody and satire combine in this humorous, tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Princess Naissa and her four suitors. Choreographed by Brian Macdonald with music by Franz von Suppé, Pas D’Action is a witty story ballet with wonderful satirization of the posturing and mannerisms of turn-of-the-century classical ballet.

The Pas: Tickets are $30.00 for adults, and $10.00 for youth 18 years and under and can be purchased by calling (204) 623-7035, or by visiting UCN Bookstore, Shane’s Music locations and The Pas Regional Library.

Flin Flon: Tickets can be purchased for $30.00 for adults, and $10.00 for youth 18 years and under by calling (204) 687-7855, or at Northern Rainbows End.

Thompson: Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the Recreation Office or by calling (204) 677-7952.


For more information, to arrange interviews, or to access high-resolution photos please contact:
Hayley Brigg
Publicity Manager, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Ave Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
T: 204.957-3447 / C: 204.223.4010


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