Evelyn Hart Returns to Stage in Layered, Evocative Ballet
Choreographed by James Kudelka and scored by Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers”, Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB)’s Vespers is a dramatic ballet in two parts. This World Premiere is a triumph of the creative process and a collaboration between choreographer, music, and dancers. Vespers runs from May 10-14 at the Centennial Concert Hall and features the iconic Evelyn Hart in a role created specifically for her.
Hart, a Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Reward, was a RWB Company dancer for over 30 years and is thrilled to perform with the Company.
“Being back in Winnipeg is amazingly comfortable—it’s great to be part of the Company, feeling the comradery with dancers as we work towards a common goal,” says Hart. “It is such a gift to be an expressive artist and to be given the opportunity to share how you feel—that is what I look forward to the most.”
Kudelka, renowned Canadian choreographer, didn’t want to impose a narrative on the Company, but rather create a piece in a collaborative manner. A strong believer in the creative process, Kudelka, along with the Vespers creative team, successfully encapsulated the talent of the RWB while taking audiences on an emotional exploration of humans’ relationship with the natural world.
The RWB gratefully acknowledges The Bank of Montreal (BMO) for their sponsorship of Vespers.
“We have a longstanding partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and are pleased to support one of the country’s most acclaimed ballet companies,” said John MacAulay, Senior Vice President of Prairies Central Canada Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “There is so much talent within Canada’s performing arts, and the RWB specifically, so we are excited to help showcase that to the Winnipeg community with the premiere of Vespers. ”
What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Vespers
Location: The Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: May 10-14
Time: May 10-13 at 7:30pm; May 14 at 2pm
Tickets: Tickets are available online, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.
James Kudelka’s new creation is based on the music of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers”. In Vespers, Kudelka combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting.
Collaborating with Kudelka is an esteemed creative team: Denis Lavoie (costume design), Karen Rodd (animal masks), Michael Mazzola (lighting design), and Nick Blais (set design).
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 21 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.