Can ballet help heal a nation? Going Home Star opens tonight in Vancouver

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Going Home Star.

Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star. Samanta Katz photo.

A new, acclaimed ballet that honours the stories of First Nations residential school survivors opens in Vancouver today.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a new classical ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, running at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.) April 7 – 9.

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Can ballet help heal a nation? Going Home Star opens tonight in Vancouver

Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

In the end, it’s all about the tutus.

Truth be told, that’s why I go to a the Nutcracker in Vancouver every year. Sure, some people say it’s for kids, but if there’s a more beautiful ballet out there, I don’t know about it.

The little girl in me still loves to admire those gorgeous tulle dresses, and when the Sugar Plum Fairy tiptoes on-stage, I inevitably decide that I’m going to become a ballerina when I grow up. It’s never too late to start over, right?

The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tells the same timeless story every year, but it’s interpreted in a slightly different way depending on the troupe. This year, Ballet BC presents performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet–one of the most celebrated companies in the country–from December 12 to 14.

I’m excited to see what this version will bring. Of course, there will be tutus. But also, apparently, some uniquely Canadian touches.

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Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Chinese New Year | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: Andre Blanchard | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Celebrate the lunar calendar with Chinese New Year (January 31-February 15), the last of Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Romeo + Juliet, hot chocolate and more!  Check out this special edition of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Thursday through Sunday!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

RWB’s Romeo + Juliet coming to Vancouver

Romeo + Juliet features two star-crossed lovers without cellphones. Photo courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Romeo + Juliet features two star-crossed lovers without cellphones. Photo courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Some stories are timeless. And then there’s Romeo + Juliet.

Let’s face it: Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy would be no tragedy in the age of cellphones. Without spoiling the story, let’s just say a little communication would have gone a long way towards an outcome very different than the one we’re all familiar with.

But put all that aside and you’ll enjoy the the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s version of the classic play, once brought to life by Claire Danes and Leonard DiCaprio (in Baz Luhrman’s 1996 movie version) as well as countless others.

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RWB’s Romeo + Juliet coming to Vancouver

April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali

The Dance Centre and Vancouver Biennale celebrate National Dance Week with free dance performances at Vancouver's outdoor Biennale sculptures. Photo: The Dance Centre

April is a big month for dance in Vancouver: Not only will Vancouver’s The Dance Centre celebrate National Dance Week April 22 – 29 and International Dance Day on April 29 (with a full day of free performances), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Vancouver premiere of Svengali from April 20-22 at the Centre for Performing Arts, too.

The Dance Centre celebrates both National Dance Week and International Dance Day with a wide array of public events—many of which are free—featuring performances that range from flamenco and contemporary to bharata natyam and Pow-wow. One of main highlights of Vancouver’s Dance Week celebrations is the partnership between The Dance Centre and the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum: local dance artists will perform for free outdoors alongside the Biennale’s monumental sculptures throughout the city, April 23 – 28.

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April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali