Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns with Romeo + Juliet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings the timeless tale of love, loyalty and fate to the Okanagan.

Canada’s acclaimed Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings a timeless tale of love, loyalty and fate to Kelowna with choreographer Rudi van Dantzig’s exquisite classical ballet Romeo + Juliet, Jan. 28 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Co-presented by Ballet Kelowna, the grand romantic work sets Shakespeare’s tale to a gorgeous Prokofiev score and highlights the impeccable classical technique of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet corps de ballet.

“Rudi van Dantzig was an artist of the rarest caliber,” said RWB artistic director André Lewis. He was “a writer, dancer and choreographer whose aesthetic instincts were matched only by his strong opinions and political voice.

“Though no longer with us, he left behind a great legacy of works including this stunning Romeo + Juliet,” said Lewis.

“Created for the Dutch National Ballet,” where van Dantzig was artistic director, “his vision of the Bard’s story is poetic, exciting and deeply romantic.”

Recognized alongside Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty as one of great classical ballets, Romeo + Juliet’s world-premiere was presented by the Kirov Ballet in 1938.

Set to a powerful and profound score by Sergei Prokofiev, van Dantzig was among the first non-Russian creators to develop new choreography for the work. His version was first performed by the Dutch National Ballet in 1967 and later given its Canadian premiere by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1981.

Its timeless narrative stays faithful to Shakespeare’s version, beginning with a feuding clash between the Capulets and Montagues, progressing to the young lovers meeting at a grand ball and the sealing of their fate in the unforgettable balcony scene. Their love becomes their undoing, as events and fate conspire toward a tragic, yet breathtakingly romantic end.

Van Dantzig’s production will transport audiences to 16th century Verona with its opulent costumes and beautifully crafted set pieces, reminiscent of urbane Renaissance Italy.

The visually spectacular production has become one of the crown jewels of the RWB’s repertoire and an audience favourite in the company’s hometown.

In particular, the opportunity to dance the role of Juliet has become a rite of passage for female members of the company, having been previously performed by such luminaries as Evelyn Hart, Tara Birtwhistle and Vanessa Lawson.

In Kelowna, the role will be danced by rising star and first cast Amanda Green, who was made principal ballerina last year.

Her Romeo will be performed by Liang Xing, guest artist from the National Ballet of China.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (ww.rwb.org)

Founded in 1939, by subsequent long-time Kelowna residents Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America.

Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of the RWB, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim.

RWB’s superlative standards keep the company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico.

Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for more than 15 years, the company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured and more ravishing.

At a glance

Romeo + Juliet presented by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet & Ballet Kelowna

Jan. 28

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St

Tickets: $44.75 to $74.75 (plus service fees) online at Balletkelowna.ca or 250-862-2867

For more info see: Rwb.org.

 

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