RWB School Spotlight feat Coppélia

Throughout the year, Winnipeg is treated with productions from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company, and they are amazing. However, what a lot of Winnipeggers don’t know is that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School also puts on their own productions, and these are a wonderful chance to see the up-and-coming dancers in the school, experience some amazing productions, and support the developing arts community in Winnipeg. On Friday evening, I was lucky enough to see Spotlight feat. Coppélia, and it is one of my new favourites!

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Carmina Burana

I was originally surprised to see that the RWB’s Season of Storytelling would be concluding with Carmina Burana and Serenade in a mixed repertoire show, as they are both somewhat story-less. However, it is the perfect way to close the season entirely focused on the company itself and what our dancers can do! This three piece production is widely varied in both choreography and music, but the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the heart running through it, and undoubtedly shows why we should be proud to call them our own. The athleticism, intelligence, power, and grace that is shown throughout is amazing to see in person, and Carmina Burana with Serenade is not a show to miss!

RWB Carmina Burana

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

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.

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Our Story

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.

An Historian About...RWB's Our Story

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An Historian About… The Princess and the Goblin

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!

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Ballet Basics: The Performances

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!

Ballet Basics- The Performances

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Ballet Basics: The Documentaries

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!

Ballet Basics- The Documentaries

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Ballet Basics: The Books

Ballet has always been a pretty big part of my life, and I am posting pretty regularly about it now. I always try to include a good amount of background in my posts, but sometimes I forgot that some things that are second nature to me may be a foreign language to you (quite literally, in some cases…)! I’ve decided to do a series on ballet basics, and where to find more information and resources if you are interested in learning more. This post I’m going to be sharing my favourite ballet books, the next will be ballet documentaries, and the final post will be online performances that you can watch! I know that ballet can feel a bit high brow and overwhelming, but I promise that it is accessible and perfect for everyone, no matter what background you come from!

Ballet, dance, history, books

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