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ENCHANTED HOLIDAY TEA PARTY
Centennial Concert Hall

December 20, 2014, 12:30PM

Kick off your holiday season with a very special event that is perfect for the whole family. Our first ever Enchanted Holiday Tea Party will be a wondrous delight featuring a sweet and savory tea menu, visits and photos with the RWB’s famous Nutcracker mascot, Filbert the Bear, and story time with real ballerinas. At the family friendly price of $20 per person in addition to your Nutcracker ticket, this magical treat is sweet and easy. Only 100 tickets are available so get yours before they’re gone!

Please note that tickets to the Enchanted Holiday Tea Party do not admit you to the performance of Nutcracker. You will also need to purchase tickets to the December 20th matinee performance.




Sat 12/20/14 12:30PM General Admission



NUTCRACKER
With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

December 20th - 28th, 2014

Capture the imagination of the entire family with the magic of this beloved holiday favourite!


Sat 12/20/14 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 12/20/14 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 12/21/14 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Mon 12/22/14 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Tue 12/23/14 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 12/27/14 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 12/27/14 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 12/28/14 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall



CINDERELLA
Presented by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

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.


Sat 2/7/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall



FIRST STEPS

February 7th - 14th, 2015

First Steps Choreographic Competition: Experience first-hand the fresh and dynamic choreography by students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. The competition is juried by revered dance professionals from the RWB and industry members from within the community.




SWAN LAKE
With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

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.


Wed 3/4/15 12:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Wed 3/4/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 3/5/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 3/6/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 3/8/15 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall



THE FAERIE QUEEN
A Ballet Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream
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. The Faerie Queen 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.


Wed 4/29/15 12:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Wed 4/29/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 4/30/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 5/1/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 5/2/15 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 5/3/15 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall



LA BAYADÈRE
Kingdom of the Shades + Ballet Vignettes

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

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

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.


Thu 5/21/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Fri 5/22/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 5/23/15 2:00PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 5/23/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage



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.


Wed 6/10/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Thu 6/11/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Fri 6/12/15 2:00PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Fri 6/12/15 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage