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Guest - Paul Taylor Modern Dan
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents

NOV 13 - 15, 2015
Pantages Playhouse Theatre

"Paul Taylor is without question the greatest living American choreographer. Taylor's emphasis on emotion within actual movement, the rhythmic vitality of his accents, his all-American youthfulness and optimism, all have set standards for American dance." - San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company makes its Winnipeg debut with three powerful works. Hailed as the world’s most important living choreographer, Paul Taylor’s meticulous choreography is inspired by influential themes in modern society - such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and morality – while using his signature youthful, light-hearted and optimistic approach on these themes and exploring the beauty of movement.

Set to Bach violin concertos and acclaimed as “a classic of American Dance” by The New Yorker upon its premiere 40 years ago, Esplanade displays the vitality of youth, the anguish of a dysfunctional family and the romantic connection between lovers. Company B juxtaposes the exuberance of Americans post-Depression, as heard in the pop songs of the Andrews Sisters, with the tragedy of men who never returned from World War II. Piazzolla Caldera ignites the stage with the fiery passions of tango set to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky. Clement Crisp of the Financial Times of London calls Piazzolla Caldera “one of Taylor’s most astonishing creations.”

Fri 11/13/15 7:30PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre
Sat 11/14/15 7:30PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre
Sun 11/15/15 2:00PM Pantages Playhouse Theatre

With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

DEC 19 - 28, 2015
Centennial Concert Hall

"Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Nutcracker is Picture Perfect." - The Georgia Strait

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.

This sparkling holiday tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker features endearing Canadian scenes like a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill. What could be more fun for the family than to join young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, where toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic, mischievous Filbert the Bear steals the Christmas pudding and where Hazel the Polar Bear and her twelve furry polar cubs will surely warm your heart. A holiday classic for the whole family!

Sat 12/19/15 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 12/19/15 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 12/20/15 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Mon 12/21/15 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Tue 12/22/15 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Wed 12/23/15 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 12/27/15 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Mon 12/28/15 7:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

A Cinderella Story
Val Caniparoli's

FEB 17 - 21, 2016
Centennial Concert Hall

"The World Premiere of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's full-length Cinderella is a runaway hit." - Globe and Mail

Remember when families gathered around the television set on a Saturday night? That era, the 1950’s, is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale.

Experience this unique take on the old-age story complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.

Wed 2/17/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 2/18/16 12:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 2/18/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 2/19/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 2/20/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 2/21/16 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

Q Dance
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents

APR 01 - 03, 2016
Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts

"Quanz is known for his ability to meld beauty of lines with substance of thought." - The Globe and Mail

An adventure into the unknown, Q DANCE is an exploration that offers diversity in repertoire and an accessible view into the state of the art. Q DANCE Artistic Director Peter Quanz continues to connect with audiences with his innovative and aesthetically outstanding choreographic choices. This year’s instalment of Q DANCE moves to the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Fri 4/1/16 7:30PM Burton Cummings Theatre
Sat 4/2/16 7:30PM Burton Cummings Theatre
Sun 4/3/16 7:30PM Burton Cummings Theatre

Peter Pan
With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

MAY 04 - 08, 2016
Centennial Concert Hall

"Peter Pan is one of the prettiest ballets in the RWB repertoire...from the starry skies behind the nursery window to the misty forests of Neverland and the colourful bridge deck of Hook's Jolly Rodger." - The Globe and Mail

Perfect for families and anyone who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan is a magical flight, filled with family entertainment, fantasy and marvelous thrills.

Peter Pan tells the story of Peter, who invites Wendy to Neverland to be the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Many adventures ensue, including the near-death of Tinker Bell and a climactic confrontation with Peter’s nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook.

Wed 5/4/16 12:00PM Centennial Concert Hall
Wed 5/4/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Thu 5/5/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Fri 5/6/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sat 5/7/16 7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall
Sun 5/8/16 2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

RWB School Professional Division Presents

JUN 09 - 11, 2016
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

"It is a testament to the relationship between the RWB School and Company that Spotlight is included in the season line-up for a second year in a row. Formerly presented as In Concert, Spotlight will delight and enthrall loyal subscribers, friends and family, and newcomers to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet season. Enchanting to both lovers of classical ballet and other dance forms, Spotlight is one of the highlights of the Professional Divisions’ school year. We invite you to join us as our students step into the Spotlight." - Arlene Minkhorst, School Director

Spotlight is a main stage feature production featuring students of the RWB School Professional Division. Performing excerpts from the best of the traditional ballets, the RWB School Professional Division will capture your hearts and impress you with their versatility and unique talents. Past performances have included excerpts from La Bayadére, Le Corsaire, Coppéllia, and Don Quixote.

Graduates have gone on to perform, choreograph and teach for major dance companies such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Singapore Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and other companies throughout the world.

Thu 6/9/16 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Fri 6/10/16 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 6/11/16 2:00PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage
Sat 6/11/16 7:30PM RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage