Over the next two weeks, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School students are performing a show called Concert Hour Ballet. Winnipeg schools on the show's mini-tour include Ecole Sacre Coeur, King Edward School, Victoria-Albert School, Weston School, River Elm School, Kent Road School, David Livingstone School, Robertson School and Nordale School.
The tour will also take the show to Weyburn and Shaunavon, Sask., as well as Winkler, Virden and Brandon, Man.
"Concert Hour Ballet gives young dancers the opportunity to connect with new communities and share their passion for dance with a variety of audiences," says Bruce Monk, RWB School artistic faculty member.
"The opportunity to tour while still in the final stages of professional study is invaluable preparation for a career in professional dance. The tour shows students the excitement, the demands and the logistics of taking their art form on the road."
Each stop on the 2013 Concert Hour Ballet tour includes a narrated lecture demonstration that explains the unique vocabulary used in ballet movement followed by an captivating performance. This year’s program features a diverse collection of repertoire representing a broad range of movement styles and traditions and speaking to the evolution of classical ballet.
Students will perform excerpts from famed classic Swan Lake, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Sarabande, created by celebrated choreographer and former RWB dancer Mark Godden, will showcase the balance of a dancer’s artistry and athleticism. Macabra / Cadara, created by innovative choreographer and RWB School artistic faculty member Bruce Monk, will illuminate the world of neo-classical movement.
Tendencies will give audiences an opportunity to see award-winning student choreography created to the music of Icelandic musician, Björk.
Question-and-answer sessions will follow each performance.