Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet: A Year in Wonderland

Yesterday, this new video in the series “A Year in Wonderland” was posted by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, documenting its ongoing production process …


A Celebration of Dance and Dancers 

By Holly Harris “Homeagain” Stephanie Ballard

They say you can’t go home again. But for Winnipeg choreographer Stephanie Ballard, “home” is always as close as the nearest dance studio or stage.


TRIP dance company announces closure

After twelve seasons and nineteen original works, TRIP dance company is closing its doors.

New ballet ensemble in Winnipeg

Choreographer Peter Quanz officially launched his new ballet ensemble Q Dance / Quanz Danse with a triple bill evening on May 28th…

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet: A Cinderella Story

After a series of shows in the Southern United States, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) has just kicked off a hometown run of A Cinderella Story, April 28th through May 2nd.

Arnold Spohr, 1923-2010

Arnold Spohr, one of the longest serving artistic directors in Canadian cultural history, has died at a nursing home in Winnipeg. …

In the Studio | En Studio

Jolene Bailie: Sensory Life, Infinite World

By Megan Andrews, Hugh Conacher

Since graduating from The School of Contemporary Dancers and The University of Winnipeg in 2000, Jolene Bailie, artistic director of Gearshifting Performance Works, has self-presented and produced over 250 solo shows, six cross-Canada tours and numerous smaller tours; re-mounted fourteen works by senior choreographers; commissioned eight new works; collaborated on several dance-based video projects; and created one evening-length solo work, eight works for pre-professional students and over 125 dances for schools.

TuTuMUCH: Trailer

Yesterday, Cineplex movie theatres screened the behind-the-scenes story of 9 young girls striving toward their dreams as ballerinas.

Jolene Bailie

Tomorrow at the Gas Station Theatre, the choreography of Anna Sokolow (New York), Deborah Dunn (Montreal), Denise Clarke (Calgary), and Jolene Bailie (Winnipeg) will be featured in a mixed program entitled Love and War.

Moulin Rouge

From the making of a poster to the making of a ballet, follow the video series by Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer Liam Caines to see how their new October production of Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge is coming together.


A Brooding Ethos 

By Holly Harris “Brontë” Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Mouvement/Winnipeg Dance Projects

Desperate lives often speak volumes. Winnipeg choreographer Gaile Petursson-Hiley gave voice to Victorian-era Brontë sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne whose passionate poetry and windswept novels such as “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre” inspired her newest full-length dance creation, “Brontë”.  

In the Studio | En Studio

Jorden Morris and the RWB for Moulin Rouge - The Ballet

By Megan Andrews, Bruce Monk

After retiring as a principal dancer with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), Jorden Morris began to explore choreography.


Resonant and Restless Voices 

By Holly Harris “Sauti” NAfro Dance Productions

Voice – the elusive quality that speaks volumes about subjective artistic experience – took centre stage at The Gas Station Theatre as NAfro Dance Productions opened its fusion-based, African contemporary dance season with “Sauti”. 


Creative Risk-Takers 

By Holly Harris Brown and Burpee Mixed Program Rachel Browne, Susie Burpee, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers

It seems only fitting that the inaugural show at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) newly re-christened theatre should honour the company’s founder, Rachel Browne, CM, with a rare performance by the Canadian living dance legend. 


Witnessing Moments 

By Holly Harris “Struck” Brent Lott, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers  

“Struck”, Artistic Director Brent Lott’s new work for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), examines the power of the “aha”: those random flashes of insight in which – if you’re lucky – you suddenly gain wisdom about past events or choices you have made in life.  


Bringing the Outside In 

By Gregory C. Beatty “the Weathering Suite” Davida Monk, M-Body

Choreographed by Davida Monk for her Calgary-based dance company M-Body, “the Weathering Suite” arrived in Regina at a curious moment. The UN was in the process of releasing a long-awaited report on climate change; Al Gore and Inuit environmentalist Sheila Watt-Cloutier had just been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize; and in Canada, the environment, and climate change in particular, had become the hot-button political issue.  


A Ballet with Teeth 

By Garth Von Buchholz “Dracula” Mark Godden, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Mark Godden’s Dracula is a twentieth-century Goth guy (the dance premiered in 1999) tricked out in nineteenth-century vampire garb. He’s been clever enough to get himself a film deal (Guy Maddin’s “Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary”) that garnered rave reviews around the world.  


Not Wisely But Too Well 

By Garth Von Buchholz “Othello” Tom Stroud, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

Of “Othello” the play and “Othello” the dance, you could say that “so sweet was ne’er so fatal”. The Canadian premiere of Tom Stroud’s “Othello”, performed by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), was a bleak and emotionally exhausting experiment in unstructured, improvised dance theatre. 


Multimedia Metamorphosis 

By Garth Von Buchholz "Diving Girl"  Karen Kuzak

What happens when you take 1950s-style, post-modern idealist icons of bathing beauties and synchronized swimmers, then deconstruct them to create a sinewy, subversive dance that transforms the women into something more primal and mythical? 

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