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Mixed Programme
Featuring Angels In The Archiecture and Lila York’s Celts

JAN 27-28, 2017
Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Angels in the Architecture

Set to the music of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and choreographed by Mark Godden, Angels In The Architecture pays homage to the Shakers, 19th century America’s largest and best known communal society. Angels In The Architecture represents the excellence and simplicity of their work, the creativity, and the dedication and devotion that were integrated into their daily lives.

Header Photo: Dancers of the RWB Company, photo by David Cooper


Choreographed in 1995, the year before the Riverdance phenomenon hit North America, Lila York’s Celts is an exuberant fusion of ballet, modern, classical, and Irish folk dance set to the music of pulse pounding and foot stomping rhythms of Celtic music. The inspired choreography showcases ensemble pieces and energetic solos. The ballet springs to life with a pastiche score by The Chieftains, Mason Daring, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelan and Celtic Thunder..

Fri 1/27/17 7:30PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre
Sat 1/28/17 2:00PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre
Sat 1/28/17 7:30PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre

First Steps

FEBRUARY 15-18, 2017
RWB Founders’ Studio

Witness emerging student choreographers and dancers bring their creations to life on stage for the very first time during First Steps, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s annual choreographic competition.

Wed 2/15/17 7:30PM Founder Studio 116
Thu 2/16/17 7:30PM Founder Studio 116
Fri 2/17/17 7:30PM Founder Studio 116
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM Founder Studio 116

Love Lies Bleeding
Love Lies Bleeding
MAR 1-5, 2017
Centennial Concert Hall

Excess, drama, eroticism, and a profusion of extravagant costumes. Acclaimed by audiences and critics across North America, Jean Grand-Maître’s mesmerizing multimedia ballet fuses the joy of pop/rock with the breathtaking physicality of ballet. Featuring 14 classic songs by rock legends Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Love Lies Bleeding depicts a musician’s rise to fame, exploring the trials, sacrifices and triumphs of achieving superstardom - an unforgettable story of rock ‘n’ roll, drama, passion, defeat, and – above all – love.

Wed 3/1/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 3/2/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 3/4/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 3/5/17 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

MAY 10-14, 2017
Centennial Concert Hall

A New Ballet Choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’

We welcome the Spring of 2017 with a new creation based on the music of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers. Vespers means “evening prayer” and for over four hundred years have certainly stood the test of time. It remains well known to this day - a true testament to the music’s remarkable power and quality.

Leading this newly commissioned work is internationally acclaimed choreographer, James Kudelka. One of his well-known pieces, The Four Seasons made its Winnipeg premiere during RWB’s 13-14 season. With Vespers, we look forward to seeing how Kudelka will combine dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique and contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.

Photo: Creative (RM) De Agostini Picture Library

Wed 5/10/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 5/11/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 5/12/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 5/13/17 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 5/14/17 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

MAY 25-27, 2017
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Celebrate the amazing talent of rising, young artists from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division as they take the stage in Spotlight. Performing excerpts from the best of the classical works, the RWB School Professional Division students will move your with their genuine love of dance and vibrant, infectious energy and impress you with their athleticism and technique. Past performances have included excerpts from La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades, The Misadventures of Pinocchio and La Fille Mal Gardée.

Thu 5/25/17 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Fri 5/26/17 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 5/27/17 2:00PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 5/27/17 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage