This past weekend, I found myself in an interesting situation, one that I’ve never encountered before…
Although the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker tops my list of favourite, their The Sleeping Beauty has now come a very close second- this is a spellbinding and entertaining ballet that will keep anyone enthralled from beginning to end. The absolutely gorgeous costumes and sets, paired with an incredibly talented company, will bring you away to a fairy-tale kingdom for an evening and allow you to see everything that ballet can and should be! The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty runs from February 28 to March 4 at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall.
As I figure out my new normal and try to figure out what things I want to keep in my life and what things I want to get rid of, there are a few constants that stay throughout no matter what I am experiencing.
Style Saturday is back for one week! I wanted to share another style approach to an evening at the ballet or the theatre and show that there are quite a few ways to dress to the occasion without being over-the-top, black tie formal. Whenever I speak to people about attending the ballet (which is quite a lot…), I consistently hear that being inappropriately dressed, either too casually or too formally, is a concern. Typically a company won’t turn you away because of an outfit choice, but it’s always nice to feel comfortable amongst everyone else in your choices! This is another way to tackle business casual without feeling out of your element…
Last evening, I was lucky enough to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s premiere of Our Story, a collection of pieces by celebrated Canadian choreographers in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! As the oldest ballet company in Canada and the longest continually operating company in North America, the RWB is a leading company that balances traditional and classical productions with bold and experimental pieces that push the art form.
Dressing for the ballet or theatre is rather a hot button issue in the recent past. You will see anything from sweatpants to gowns, depending on the show and the audience- where should you fall? If you’ve never attended, I know that it might feel overwhelming or even confusing but I’m here to help! I firmly believe that your wardrobe is an important part of life and can help set the tone for whatever you are doing- the right clothing can help make your theatre experience!
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a fascinating company- although they stage and produce the classics that we all know and love, they also bring newer productions to our stage to broaden our ballet views. This is only the second production of The Princess and the Goblin and is unlike anything else the company has staged in the last few years. The shadows and magic and goblins are the perfect answer for the fall, and we were able to see the full range of the company and Royal Winnipeg Ballet school! One of my new favourite ballets, here is The Princess and the Goblin!
Welcome to the third and final part of my Ballet Basics series! I know that ballet can often feel high brow and difficult to relate to, but I think that a lot of that changes once you can actually see the ballet and have a chance to connect with it. Dance is the universal language, we can all understand movement; you’ve just got to let yourself go and be open to the experience. Today I’ve gathered some performances that are available online so that you can experience some of the great ballets from the comfort of your home!
Now I know that with my new posting schedule, I typically don’t post on Tuesdays to give myself and you as a reader a bit of a break. However, this is going to be a fast but fun post on something that is coming up very soon- The Princess and the Goblin!
Last week I opened this series on Ballet Basics with my favourite ballet books to give you a bit more of a background and history of it- while I know that I love books and they are usually my first go-to, I also know that some people aren’t huge readers. So, this week is all about ballet documentaries! Just pop them on and you are good to immerse yourself in 60-100 minutes of dance, no work needed. I’ve tried to gather a wide range that are available in most countries (with a few on DVD), so I hope you will enjoy!