Tara Birtwhistle: Exiting the Stage

By Julye Huggins
Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Val Caniparoli's A Cinderellla Story: Ballet Meets Ballroom

The May 2011 issue of The Dance Current print magazine includes an item about Tara Birtwhistle.”The beloved dance artist, thirty-nine, retires this month after an enviable career that has spanned two decades. Hailed in 2007 as ‘one of the greatest acting dancers in the country’ by The Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron, Birtwhistle has been critically acclaimed for her powerfully dramatic gifts, chameleonic versatility and ability to get to the very heart of the characters she portrays.’” By Holly Harris, The Dance Current: Print, May 2011. This video from last year’s preparations for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story show prinicpal dancer Birtwhistle and second soloist Jo-Ann Sundermeier at work on the ballroom scene. Now, a year and a half later, she is set to exit the stage, ending her career with Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s evening Bright Lights, Big City. Running May 4th through 8th in Winnipeg, the show comprises a mixed repertoire including In the Upper Room, In Tandem and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
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