Winnipeg, MB (January 19, 2016) – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is gearing up to what promises to be one of the most important tours in its 76th year history. After its successful premiere in Winnipeg back in October 2014, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation has been hailed as “one of the most important dance mounted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet”(CBC).
“There was such an overwhelming response from communities across Canada who are eager to see this work tour. We look forward to connecting with audiences across the country as we tour Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation,” shared Andre Lewis RWB Artistic Director.
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, embarks on a national tour with performances in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is also proud to announce the support of the TD Bank Group as the Presenting Sponsor, National Tour.
“The future of our First Nations, Métis and Inuit young people rests on making positive change in our communities,” says Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “We are delighted to present the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star in its strikingly beautiful artistic expression of reconciliation to shed light on an important chapter in Canada’s history.”
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the many stories, both told and untold, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honorary Witness Joseph Boyden, Cree actress, former Member of Parliament, and TRC Honorary Witness Tina Keeper, Canadian multimedia artist KC Adams, accomplished costume designer Paul Daigle, and Juno Award-winning composer Christos Hatzis with Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers.
“We aim to boldly continue our mission to teach, create and perform outstanding dance with intent to entertain, inspire and move audiences and present works that resonate beyond the walls of the ballet,” adds Lewis.
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
Ottawa– January 28-30, 2016 – National Arts Centre
Kingston – February 2, 2016 – The Grand Theatre
Burlington – February 4, 2016 – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Toronto – February 5-6, 2016 – Sony Centre
Brandon – March 21, 2016 – Western Manitoba Centennial Centre
Regina – March 22, 2016 – Conexus Arts Centre
Saskatoon – March 23, 2016 – TCU Place
Banff – March 26, 2016 – The Banff Centre
Kelowna – March 29-30, 2016 – Kelowna Community Theatre
Victoria – April 1-2, 2016 – Royal Theatre
Nanaimo – April 4-5, 2016 – The Port Theatre
Vancouver – April 7-9, 2016 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Show and ticket information for Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation can be purchased online at www.rwb.org.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like express their gratitude to TD Bank Group (Presenting Sponsor National Tour) for their generous support of RWB’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation.
Based on a story by celebrated author Joseph Boyden (The Orenda, Three Day Road) and in collaboration with choreographer Mark Godden (Angels in the Architecture, Dracula) and associate producer Tina Keeper, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation was created with the guidance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and members of the Aboriginal community. Through stunning storytelling and captivating dance, this deeply moving ballet explores the powerful stories, both told and untold, of survivors of the Indian residential school system. The ballet explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. Annie feels strangely disconnected within her superficial loop. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Together, Annie and Gordon travel the streets of this world as well as the roads of their ancestors, learning that without truth, there is no reconciliation.
About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established in 2008 to tell Canadians about the history of Indian Residential Schools and the impacts it has had on Aboriginal children who were sent to the school by the Canadian government and to guide a process of reconciliation between and within Aboriginal families, communities, churches, governments and Canadians. The TRC has a five-year mandate under the direction of the Chair, The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair and Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild and Dr Marie Wilson.
About 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 19 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.