Ballet in the Park

Ballet in the Park

Ballet in the Park

It’s time to come together for one of Winnipeg’s favourite summer activities! Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites everyone to Ballet In The Park, at the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly from July 26 - 28, 2017. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park is a great way to experience ballet. A tradition since the early 1970s, this FREE family–friendly event attracts more than 20,000 people annually, from Winnipeg and beyond. Sitting on a lawn chair or blanket on the grass, this is a relaxed way to take in ballet with your family and friends. For many who have never seen ballet, this is a great introduction to the art form in a picturesque setting.

The RWB School’s Professional Division students will be performing a pas de trois performance of The Fairy Doll and the Recreational Division students will be treating the audience to a Grease medley.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company Dancers will be performing Lila York’s Celts.Choreographed in 1995, the year before the Riverdance phenomenon hit North America, Celts is an exuberant fusion of ballet, modern, classical, and Irish folk dance set to the music of pulse pounding and foot stomping rhythms of Celtic music. The inspired choreography showcases ensemble pieces and energetic solos. The ballet springs to life with a pastiche score by The Chieftains, Mason Daring, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelan and Celtic Thunder.

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website at Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.

Header Photo: Corps de Ballet Dancer Katie Bonnell, photo by Rejean Brandt

Pre-Show Activities

Bringing the whole family to Ballet In The Park? We have tons of pre-show activities planned to keep your little ones (or those of you who are young at heart!) happy leading up to the performance. This year’s activities include:

  • Colouring
  • Face Painting
  • Contest to win a pair of of tickets to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin.
  • Take a picture at our Christmas In July photobooth for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets for Nutcracker


Come for the ballet, stay for the food! The food trucks that will be at Ballet In The Park this year are:

Featured Creative Team

    Grease Choreography

    ​Nicole Kepp

    Don Quixote Pas de Deux Music

    ​Ludwig Minkus

    Fairy Doll Pas de Trois Choreography

    Nicolai Legat

    Don Quixote Pas de Deux Costume Design

    ​William McDermot

    Fairy Doll Pas de Trois Music

    Leo Delibes

    Don Quixote Pas de Deux Lighting Design

    ​Nicholas Cernovitch

    Don Quixote Pas de Deux Choreography

    ​Marious Petipa

    Celts Choreography

    ​Lila York

Full Cast

Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as Green Man (26, 27)
Ryan Vetter
Ryan Vetter as Green Man (28)
Liang Xing
Liang Xing as Brown Man
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as Red Woman
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Red Woman

All casting is subject to change