I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division’s performance, On the Edge. One of my best friends was photographing for the dress rehearsal, but wasn’t able to attend the performance, so she was absolutely amazing and gave the tickets to me! (You can see her work here, and if you are in Winnipeg, I can’t recommend her enough!!!) I took one of my other best friends with me, and had a fantastic time.
We headed down to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet facilities in downtown Winnipeg on Friday evening. It is a gorgeous facility, and the RWB Founder’s Studio is perfect for a performance like this. The studio holds over 100 audience members, and the stage area is quite large. It was a bit warm, but I will guess it typically isn’t that full.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Free Floating or Shine– the former featured vocalisations by the dancers, and the latter was to spoken word. Not that either of those things are inherently awful, but music is an important part of dance for me.
I loved the pieces from Le Corsaire, Gloria in White, and Gathered As. The Pas d’esclave from Le Corsaire (synopsis here) was incredibly well done. The costumes were intricate, and though the veils might have been difficult to dance in, the dancers were absolutely stunning. If you have someone who isn’t sure about ballet, Le Corsaire would be perfect! Gloria in White and Gathered As were choreographed by company members- I found the choreography for both a good twist on classical ballet without moving into modern or contemporary. The three dancers in Gloria are certainly ones to watch in the future. Gathered As featured all of the 20-25 dancers, and there was continual movement in multiple directions without being distracting.
A huge thank you to Tiffany (and Heather, another Alpha Gam who works for the RWB) for the tickets!! And thank you to Vicki for coming with me! It was such a fantastic evening, and I will certainly be looking out for more of the Professional Division’s performances.
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