Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company Dancers

Ballet BC will light up Vancouver next month with Nutcracker, the quintessential holiday ballet beautifully brought to life by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, turning 75 this season.
Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes our magical reality. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice, and a mischievous bear that steals the Christmas pudding. With her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy by her side, Clara confidently overcomes all obstacles on this wild Christmas night!

Snowflakes RWB Company

Sumptuous costumes and an imaginative set design bring holiday sparkle to the stage, while a few Canadian surprises will freshen up the up the traditional tale – audiences can expect a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill to create even more ruckus on stage. This all-ages adventure is presented with incredible beauty and splendour, making Nutcracker an unforgettable treat for entire family.
“We are thrilled to present the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of Canada’s leading ballet companies, in this iconic Canadian version of the delightful Christmas story Nutcracker” says Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “Casting over 70 talented, aspiring young dancers from close to 20 dance schools across the Lower Mainland, this also gives us a chance to support the local dance community. This marks the first opportunity for these young dancers to perform with a professional ballet company. We are excited to provide this experience to so many young artists.”

Arabian Dance RWB Company
“We excitedly present this ballet each year as it ties our past to our future. With Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, we are very happy that Vancouver is part of our exciting touring season and that we are working with Ballet BC,” shares André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Nutcracker is an outstanding traditional piece of classical ballet repertoire where we see dancers in our Company grow into new roles and bring their unique artistry to the characters.”

Mice RWB Company Dancers

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker Presented by Ballet BC

Dates: December 12 to 14, 7:30 pm, and 2 pm matinees on December 13 and 14
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $35 to $98.50; available online or via phoning Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787
Family Packs: (two adults, two children) from $229 to $300 (including service fees)

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest North American ballet companies. Versatility, technical excellence, and captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim over its 75-year history. RWB presents over 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia, and Mexico. Visit RWB online for more info.

Photos by Vince Pahkala.

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