Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Sponsored by the Killarney Parent Advisory Council and the Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council

As part of the celebrations around Manitoba 150, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg (RWB) Aspirants will take the On the Edge Tour across Manitoba, where the next generation of dancers will showcase a sublime and powerful repertoire for audiences of all ages in performances hosted by schools and communities.

The tour, which runs from March 16 to March 25, 2020, recalls the early days of the RWB, when Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally would take their fledgling ballet company on similar tours throughout the province. In many ways, the early tours helped establish the RWB in Manitoba. Now, for the first time, the RWB second company will recapture that same magic by sharing their love of dance in 11 shows across nine Manitoban communities.

Most performances will feature a Sharing Dance workshop hosted by an RWB School Artistic Faculty Member. These workshops will encourage and increase audience participation and engagement while providing access to the physical, emotional and social benefits of dance.

“Reconnecting to our touring roots as part of Manitoba 150 is an incredible opportunity for us to push past Winnipeg’s border and share our artistry with all of Manitoba,” said Stéphane Léonard, School Director at the RWB. “The performances and workshops instill a greater appreciation for dance and remind everyone that the RWB is for all Manitobans.”

Tour attendees will experience an array of dance disciplines and the first act will feature a condensed story of the comedic ballet of Don Quixote featuring the beloved main characters preparing for a wedding through intriguing and flirtatious encounters in the market. In act two, the performance changes tone and will feature new contemporary choreography from Gabriela Rehak, Philippe Larouche and Indigenous choreographers Jera Wolfe and Cameron Fraser-Monroe. The performances will take the audience through a spectrum of powerful emotions, connecting them to feelings of love, loss, anger and humor, and will leave viewers with a deeper appreciation of the art and storytelling ability of dance.

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Performances at Killarney Schools


Morning performance at Lakeview Community Church Gym

Afternoon performance at Killarney Collegiate North Gym