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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Barre After Hours, 2017

If you don’t know this about me yet, I’m a huge balletomane. I’ve studied ballet for well over two decades, I track down and read pretty much any book published on ballet, and whenever I travel I make it a point to see any company in that city. I am incredibly lucky to have the Royal Winnipeg Ballet here, and unless I’m dying I am usually at any sort of event that they put on (see Ballet in the Park)- that includes Barre After Hours! Barre is one of my favourite events of the entire year, and 2017’s was no exception….

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An Historian About… #RWBVespers

It’s not often that you get to see the world premier of a ballet- often it will be a premier for that company, but typically not for the ballet as a whole. I was able to see the world premiere of Vespers, on Friday, May 12, 2017, and it was incredible. Although I typically skew towards preferring the classical and story ballets,  I could not have loved this more. Vespers is nuanced and detailed and full of emotion, and the choreography felt organic and layered.

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From Class to Stage, Part III: Performance

I’ve been so excited to write this post, the final in my series on ballet! Today is all about the performance, the end goal, what arguably everyone associates ballet with. I think that a lot of people have been to the ballet at least once (or a play/ musical/ opera/ symphony), and have some understanding on what is going on from the audience side. However, everything behind the stage? It usually stays backstage. It is much like the duck on water; floating along calmly on top, with feet moving incredibly quickly and chaotically beneath the water. Without further adieu, a day of performance!

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From Class to Stage, Part II: Dress Rehearsal

Welcome back to the second part of my series on my experiences with ballet! Last week was all my ballet class experience, what I do to get ready, what I need for class, and what goes on in a class. This week is all about dress rehearsal, something not usually seen by “outsiders”. It is sometimes a little hectic and chaotic, there is a lot of warming up and continual movement, and there are usually quite a few mistakes. However, a bad dress rehearsal means that it will be a good show!

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From Class to Stage, Part I: Ballet Class

Welcome to the first of a three part series on my experiences in ballet! Ballet has been a pretty big part of my life from the time that I was yay high until, well, now. This series is going to move from ballet class to rehearsal to the performance, complete with behind the scenes tidbits you didn’t know existed! I hope that you enjoy this, as ballet is incredibly important to me and I wanted to be able to share it with you.

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