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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Winnipeg Westie Walk, 2017

The Winnipeg Westie Walk has quickly become one of my favourite events in the year! Although I don’t have my own Westie just yet and Daisy lives all the way in Seattle, I obviously still love being able to meet and hang out with Westies. There’s nothing like seeing a field full of Westies and realising that you might not have time to pet them because there are so many of them. So, here are some of my favourite shots from the 2017 Winnipeg Westie Walk!

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Winnipeg’s Hidden Gem, River Heights

Winnipeg is an unknown to most people outside of Canada- you may know us for the Winnipeg Jets (our NHL team), for our Human Rights Museum, or just for being colder than Mars in the winter. However, we have a lot more to offer than just extreme weather! (See Folklorama, Islendingadagurinn, and Ballet in the Park for a small snapshot…) A lot of our architecture is in the brutalist style from the 1960s and 1970s, with stark and square concrete, but there are still a few architectural hidden gems here. River Heights is one of those gems…

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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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Folklorama 2017, Travel Thursday

This summer for Travel Thursday I’ve been sharing more local events that happen in Winnipeg- although it may seem like we are a small and boring city, we do have some very cool and interesting events here! We are a city of many different cultures and groups, and Folklorama is the perfect celebration of our mosaic. For the first two weeks in August every summer, different cultural groups host pavilions throughout the city for a week, and share the food, dance, music, and history of their culture! My brother and I always try and make it out to a few pavilions, and this year we made it to two…

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Islendingadaguirinn OR The Gimli Icelandic Festival

Islendingadaguirinn sounds rather otherworldly, but in fact is very much of this world, or should I say, of the Interlake in Manitoba. I like to show off what Winnipeg and Manitoba have to offer, like Lower Fort Garry and Ballet in the Park– although we may not have the drama of the mountains or the ocean, we are beautiful in our own calm way and we know how to enjoy our time together! (Especially when the weather doesn’t call for eighteen layers of clothing…) Islendingadaguirinn is an annual tradition for us here in Manitoba, and this August long weekend marked the 126th anniversary of the festival. Time to channel your inner Viking!

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200 Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Lower Fort Garry

This Travel Thursday is a local one for me- Lower Fort Garry is a surviving fort of the fur trade and was established in 1830 on the banks of the Red River. Although it is not so old as many sites in Europe, it is still a fascinating look into the past, and one that applies to many of us even now. The fur traders, lands, and animals supplied Europeans with countless furs, animal skins, and resources, with the Hudson’s Bay Company being the dominating company. Manitoba is in the centre of Canada, and allowed the fur traders to move along various routes! We spent the morning there on a beautiful day, and it was wonderful to spend a few hours in our own history…

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Quick Question, 27 June 2017

Welcome back for another Quick Question! These are fun questions that let you get to know me and let me learn something about you, my wonderful reader. Feel free to respond in the comments here, or tweet your answer at me @anhistorianblog! If you caught my (first) live Instagram story on the weekend, you may have an idea of what today’s question is about…

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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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