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Swan Lake. Photo courtesy of RWB Alumni Archives

And as for the classic RWB experience, a fleet of ballets old, new and renewed make the 2014-2015 season one of homage, provocation and sheer entertainment. Opening the 75th? A timely work: A Story of Truth and Reconciliation. With storytelling by 2008 Giller prize winning author Joseph Boyden, choreography by Mark Godden and music by the likes of the extraordinary Tanja Tagaq, this new full length ballet bridges art, culture and justice to contribute an important voice to the evolving conversation around our country’s dark history with First Nations Peoples (Oct 1-5). Next, a favourite returns! Nutcracker wows adults and kids alike with a wondrous world of mouse kings, sugar plum fairies and pond hockey! An acclaimed production to complete the holiday (Dec 20-28). Then, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents innovation on a classic: Cinderella takes human and magical looks at a fairy tale predicament (Feb 7). Speaking of classics! As promised, Tchaikovsky’s stunning Swan Lake returns to astound with towering emotional power, intricate choreography, and endlessly fascinating story of a princess turned swan (Mar 4-8). The Faerie Queen transforms Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a dance extravaganza of love, magic, and (gasp!) deception (Apr 29-May 3). Encore! Petipa makes a second appearance when the RWB School Professional Division Students present La Bayadère, a journey into the legends of India. Love, murder and gods converge grandly (May 21-23). Bringing the season to a close? The new kid on the block: Q Dance -- well known for stellar aesthetics and innovation (Jun 10-12). But it’s not over yet! A not-to-be-missed meet and mingle follows; The 75th Anniversary Gala on April 15th, 2015 pays tribute to the company’s rich history with performances, delectables, a silent auction and jaw-dropping prize draw. New to the ballet? Head out to Assiniboine Park this summer for Ballet in the Park; free outdoor shows at The Lyric introduce audiences young and old to the RWB and its undeniable talents (July 23-25). “Watching dancers moving to music is extraordinary,” André affirms, wisely advising us to “live vicariously through them.” Join André and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as they dance a season that’s been 75 years still in the making. For more information, check out www.rwb.org. (Want to audition for the RWB School’s Professional Division? Look out for the annual International Audition Tour held in Winnipeg, across Canada and in the United States. Can’t appear in-person? Auditions by DVD are accepted, too!)

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