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RWB Dancers in Twyla Tharp's the Princess and the Goblin

Welcome to Our Season of Storytelling!

The 78th season at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet opened on September 27 with our whimsical, heroic fantasy Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin.

Your support will make fairy tales come true!

Your support provides us the unique opportunity to entertain, engage and educate audiences of all ages.
This season, your support allows us to:

  • Present new and exciting projects like Our Story
  • Bring the magic of Nutcracker to audiences in Ottawa
  • Share traditions like Ballet in the Park with the Winnipeg community


The Story of Us

RWB Dancers Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Josh Reynolds on their wedding day.RWB Dancers Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Josh Reynolds on their wedding day.

Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Josh Reynolds share their story. How they met, fell in love and got married on World Ballet Day.

Q: How did you meet?

A:We met in San Francisco. Both of us were dancing with the same company, Smuin Ballet.

Q:What was your first impression of him/her?

JOSH: She walked into the Ballet studio wearing white bedroom slippers, and I thought she was hilarious! But she is also beautiful and smart
JO: My first impressions of him were in the ballet studio, which he came across very professional, but could still have a sense of humor about things. I also remember thinking, wow, this guy is in great shape!

Q: Tell about your first date and/or a memorable date.

A: Our first memorable “date” was a walk around San Francisco. We walked and talked, and ended up at Coit Tower. The stairs to get up there are a bit of a hike, but it’s worth it when you get to the top!

Q: Favourite moment on stage together?

A: We were fortunate enough to be cast to dance Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet together. To be able to express how you truly feel about one another, and be that vulnerable in front of an audience is a very special thing.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece to dance together?

A: Any chance we get to dance together is a wonderful experience.

Q: What do you love about him/her?

JOSH: I love her kindness and her understanding, and her strength.
JO: I love his genuine heart, and his sense of humor.

Q: What do you look forward to in the rest of your life together? Hopes, dreams, etc

A: Sharing the stage together as long as we can. Adventures together. Quiet moments at home together. Enjoying life, wherever it takes us.

Q: What will you remember most about the day you got married?

JOSH: I will always remember how beautiful she looked in the sun, and how lucky I am that she agreed to spend her life with me.
JO: I will always remember how I felt. My heart, so full of love, knowing that I was marrying my true love. It was perfect!


Closed Working Rehearsal

RWB Dancers in rehearsal for Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin

In September, Patron’s Circle level donors were invited to attend a Closed Working Rehearsal for a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into a typical rehearsal. Held in Founder Studio 116 in our home at 380 Graham, Ballet Master Tara Birtwhistle led the dancers through one of their final rehearsals before opening night. The one hour rehearsal was capped off with wine, charcuterie and desserts prepared by chef Wayne Aastrom of the RWB School residence.

The Princess, The Goblin, and the Production Crew

RWB Dancers in white dresses on stage at Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the GoblinProduction crew backstage at Twyla Tharp's the Princess and the GoblinRWB Dancers Yayoi Ban and Saeka Shirai backstage at Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the GoblinBehind the curtain at Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin

In April, Wendy Sawatzky walked away from our Havana Nights Ballet Ball with something priceless- the opportunity to watch The Princess and the Goblin from backstage on headset, a private backstage tour and a Brewer’s Dinner & tour at Peg Beer Co. for her and three friends with our Production Stage Manager, Ingrid Kottke and Assistant Stage Manager, Candace Maxwell. Thank you to Wendy Sawatzky for the amazing pictures from backstage!

This season, our Ballet Ball will be held on April 28th, 2018 and will take us to The Emerald City. Tickets go on sale in the New Year so save the date!

Opening Night Reception

RWB Dancer Stephen Azulay and Gregg Hamilton at the opening night performance of Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin

We kicked off our Season of Storytelling in style! A post -show opening night reception featured champagne, desserts and chocolates from former Principle Dancer Amanda Green’s Melt Chocolate Co. Guests mingled with Company members and chatted the upcoming season. Special welcome to Gregg Hamilton who travelled all the way from Mesquite, Nevada to attend new Corps de Ballet dancer Stephan Azulay’s first performance with the RWB Company!


RWB Building Tour!

RWB Building at 380 Graham Avenue

We want to open our doors and bring you into the world of the RWB! A special donors-only building tour will be taking place on Friday, December 15th at 11am. Spots are limited so email nkirton@rwb.orgto secure yours!

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