A ballet about a dystopian future based on a best-selling Canadian novel, outdoor music making in February and an unprecedented year for female playwrights are some of the highlights of 2013's arts scene. Here are what Winnipeg's top culture makers have to say about the year that was:
Danishka Esterhazy, filmmaker:
For me, the cultural highlight of 2013 was (and continues to be) the "Group of Seven" female playwrights. How lucky it is for Manitoba to have this amazing group of talented women writers. Trish Cooper's Social Studies was one of the funniest and most moving plays that I have seen on stage ... anywhere. And I cannot wait to see Alix Sobler's play The Secret Annex at RMTC. I'm also excited that Alix and I will be writing a screenplay together next year. We really do have a great community of writers in Manitoba.
Raymond Hogg, Artistic Director of Rainbow Stage:
'I laughed so hard my face was sore for a week.'- Raymond Hogg, Rainbow Stage
There were so many cultural highlights this year for me! Being a newcomer to Manitoba I've been soaking up the cultural scene every spare moment that I have - from attending every single musical theatre & dance performance, as well as quite a few plays at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, to world premieres at PTE, RMTC, RWB, MTYP and Zone 41 (love all the abbreviations in town by the way), to our own remarkable season at Rainbow Stage in Kildonan park, I'm hard pressed to choose but here is one highlight:
Kelly Leschasin, Marketing and Production Coordinator at the West End Cultural Centre:
One of the COOLEST cultural events (and I mean that in every sense of the word) in Winnipeg last year was Manitoba Music On Ice. Hosted by Manitoba Music, local artists huddled by the warming huts along the Assiniboine River and performed their hearts out to passersby on skates, skis and foot. It was a fantastic combination of creativity between architecture and music.
André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet:
The making of The Handmaid's Tale based on the novel by Margaret Atwood was a highlight of 2013 for me. The opportunity to produce a new creation that brought together two icons of Canadian culture - Margaret Atwood and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet - was a fantastic experience. It is important for the RWB to continue our reputation for commissioning thought provoking new works. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we approach our 75th season in the New Year.
Happy New Year from the Manitoba SCENE team!