75 Years
    
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Performances




Our upcoming events are listed below:



2014-2015 RWB Season
Nutcracker
    

December 20th - 28th, 2014
Centennial Concert Hall


When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world… with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. There, the Sugar Plum Fairy bids everyone to dance in their honour. Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker is a sheer delight, and features endearing Canadian scenes such as a snow pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill and this year’s production will be even more heart-warming with the addition of twelve furry friends! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, we will take you to a wondrous adventure this holiday season

Choreography
Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon

Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume Design
Paul Daigle

Scenic Design
Brian Perchaluk

Lighting Design
Michael J. Whitfield

With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

    



2014-2015 RWB Season
Cinderella
    

February 7th, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall


"This is a honey of a production - one that brings magic back to the ballet stage." - The Hamilton Spectator

This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen's choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story.
Glenn Davidson's set design creates a fantastical environment based on the idea of the natural world reclaiming man-made structures. Inspiration for the set pieces is drawn from ice storms and old forests. Costume designs by Robert Doyle playfully echo each characters personality. Ballet Jörgen's Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.

Choreography
Bengt Jörgen

Music
Sergei Prokofiev

Costume Design
Robert Doyle

Scenic and Lighting Design
Glenn Davidson









    



2014-2015 RWB Season
Swan Lake
    

March 4th - 8th, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall


"The opulent sets, lavish costumes and glorious score are fairy-tale wonders in themselves: - Winnipeg Free Press

Perhaps the best-known classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake also enjoys the prestige of being the first of Tchaikovsky's three full-length ballets, with Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty completing the trio. The ballet premiered over a century ago in Russia and remains timeless because of the range of human emotions expressed through dance and Tchaikovsky's luminous score. The poetic work resonates with melancholy and hope and draws the audience into the story of Odette, a princess-turned-swan and the heroic Prince Siegfried, until the love-soaked conclusion. With Royal Winnipeg Ballet's quintessential production featuring breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, the fabled lake of the swans rises into view, inspiring awe for generations to come.

Choreography
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Staging
Galina Yordanova

Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume and Scenic Design
Peter Farmer

Lighting Design
Nicholas Cernovitch

With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra



    



    

April 29th - May 3rd, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall


"The classically based but decidedly contemporary choreography flows smoothly, creating clever transitions from scene to scene." - Critical Dance

Experience this enchanting story filled with love, magic, and deception. Fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as choreographer John Alleyne paints the stage in this full-length ballet based on Henry Purcell's opera of the same name, and on Shakespeare's magical comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Follow Puck, as the fairy with a penchant for causing chaos, ensnaring both humans and fairies alike in romance and confusion with her magical flower blossom. is an exploration of the contrasting elements of fantasy and reality - dark and light, mortal and immortal, male and female - and what happens when these powerful elements collide with one another.

Choreography
John Alleyne

Music
Henry Purcell, Owen Underhill, and Michael Bushnell

Costume Design
Kim Nielsen

Scenic Design
Darren Waterston

Lighting Design
Jean Philippe Trépanier

With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra



    



    

May 21st - 23rd, 2015
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Main Stage


In conjunction with the RWB’s 75th anniversary, the RWB School Professional Division invites audiences to experience the talent and hard work of our student body firsthand. Marius Petipa's exotic La Bayadére was given its premiere at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877. It was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century but was almost unknown in the West until 1961, when the touring Kiov Ballet performed the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene. Legendary India provides the setting for the tale of love, murder, and vengeful judgement by the gods, set to a lyrical score by Ludwig Minkus. La Bayadére's more frequently performed sequence is the dream-like Kingdom of the Shades, when a mesmerizing procession of ballernas dance in unison across a moonlit stage.

Choreography
Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa

Music
Ludwig Minkus




    



2014-2015 RWB Season
Q DANCE
    

June 10th - 12th, 2015
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Main Stage


"One of the freshest young voices working in contemporary ballet..." - Ottawa Citizen

Step into Peter Quanz' choreographic laboratory with the next installment of Q DANCE. Well known for innovative and asethically outstanding choices, this year's dynamic Q DANCE program is set to be a virtuosic collection of contemporary ballet.
The mixed repertoire program features two World Premieres - a new creation from emerging talent, Gabrielle Lamb and a new creation by international choreographer, Peter Quanz. This year also marks the return of Peter Quanz' Untitles on stage. The three-piece program moves into the Manitoba Theatre Centre after a highly successful sold-out series at the Gas Station Arts Centre in 2013.

Q DANCE Artistic Director
Peter Quanz

Choreography
Peter Quanz and Gabrielle Lamb