Since the 1970s, dancers from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Company have taken over the outdoor stage at Assiniboine Park to rejoice in dance. These performances are a unique opportunity to experience ballet and contemporary dance, up-close at dusk.
Filip Kurlowicz and Stephan Possin in "The Gap Between" (Bruce Monk)
Ballet in the Park offers short works of diverse style and energy. Senior students who train all year with the professional division animate their artistry, technique and talent along with students of the general division and members of the Company.
There are two engaging contemporary works on the program choreographed by recent graduates of the professional division; Philippe Larouche's "The Gap Between" and Mark Sampson's "Drinking By Candlelight". These works demonstrate the versatility of the dancers.
"The Gap Between" plays with mirroring and reflecting through use of strong gestures and musicality. It has a dark undertone which is uplifted by being situated in the picturesque backdrop of the park. While "La Vivandiere" - a one act ballet originally created in 1844, highlights the strength of the RWB students.
A lively group of boys from the General Division offers a delightful "Sailors' Dance" created by Kristina Washchyshyn for a cast of 11 young men. The evening's program concludes with the festive and upbeat "Tarantella" - an Italian Character dance.
Ballet in The Park is an annual community event worthy of inclusion as a family summer tradition.
Cancellations due to inclement weather will be made as close to the performance start time as possible and will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website.
Freya Björg Olafson is an interdisciplinary / dance artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her creations have been presented and exhibited nationally as well as internationally