Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Svengali

Comments 50 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Svengali at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver this weekend. Choreographed by Mark Godden, the full-length production offer a balletic re-imagining of the George Du Maurier novel, Trilby.

Photo credit: Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Flickr / RWB Svengali

The dramatic story follows Svengali, a young man with hypnotic powers. Yearning for public recognition, Svengali escapes the repression of his mother’s ballet studio to the decadent society of mid-century Weimar, Germany, where he finds the dazzling and malleable young dancer, Trilby. Under Svengali’s entrancing influence, Trilby is transformed into the darling of the ballet world, but her star ultimately rises beyond Svengali’s powerful grasp.

Svengali will only be in Vancouver this weekend, with performances Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:00pm, Saturday, April 21 at 8:00pm, and a 2:00pm show on Sunday, April 22. Tickets are still available starting at $32.50. I also have a pair to give away for Sunday’s afternoon performance. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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This will be a quick contest, ending tonight (April 19, 2012) at 10:00pm. The winner will be able to pick their tickets up at The Centre on Sunday before the show.

Update The winner is Susan!

Update Guest contributor, Britt, attended opening night on behalf of and had the following commentary about the performance:

“I personally was very impressed by the modern choreography, the costumes and the music. The ballet is very dynamic and fast pace and tells the story very well. It was certainly not one of these pieces, where you check your watch after half an hour.

If you look for traditional classical ballet performance this might be not for you. But if you are up for something different and new, you should see this one. I even think people, who usually do not like ballet, will enjoy it.”

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  1. AliciaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:29am PDT

    I would love to win ! My moms birthday is on Monday.

  2. RondaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:31am PDT

    Would love to see this beautiful drama….

  3. NicolaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:32am PDT

    Ohhhh this will be beautiful! I grew up dancing at the RWB. Would love to go see it!!

  4. JulieThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:33am PDT

    I would love to go on Sunday!

  5. LindaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:46am PDT

    I’d love to se the ballet

  6. LynThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:47am PDT

    Svengali looks like a fabulous and unique performance.

  7. SusanThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:00am PDT

    Originally from Winnipeg I had season tickets and even worked there! A world renown organization I would love to see them dance again!

  8. Laura McNaughtThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:03am PDT

    Royal Winnipeg always puts on the most spectacular performances. They are, by far, the most innovative ballet company in Canada. I love their work.

  9. Nic TThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:11am PDT

    Ooooh-would love to go to the ballet!

  10. lucThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:29am PDT

    I want to dance!

  11. AliciaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:30am PDT

    I love the ballet!!

  12. AdamThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:31am PDT

    My girlfriend would love this!

  13. ElenaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:32am PDT

    I would love to go and see the ballet. Going to see a ballet is on my bucket list!

  14. AliThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:32am PDT

    I love going to the ballet!

  15. Alicia CThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:34am PDT

    I’m finished exams tomorrow and would love to start off my holidays with a lovely ballet!

  16. richard wThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:55am PDT

    I love to take my girlfriend!

  17. RebeccaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 10:11am PDT

    Haven’t been to the ballet in a few years. Would love to go!

  18. ChelleThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 10:15am PDT

    I haven’t been to the ballet in over 10 years. Looks neat!

  19. SanazThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 10:49am PDT

    I’d love to see this ballet show

  20. DBThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 11:11am PDT

    this would be wonderful!

  21. VinceThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 11:14am PDT

    I was hoping to see this show (still am!) Great prize.

  22. LubaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 11:37am PDT

    Oh pick me pick me!!! I am going to be a ballerina. (Tori age 7)

  23. HarjitChThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 12:36pm PDT

    Oo I would loveee to see this!

  24. StephanieThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 12:43pm PDT

    Love Ballet. It would be great to go.

  25. SaraThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 1:00pm PDT

    Throwing my hat in the ring.

  26. JoeyThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:05pm PDT

    Never been to the ballet!

  27. ShelleyThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:13pm PDT

    Sounds like a great show!

  28. DeniseThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:23pm PDT

    I would love to win tickets to the ballet!!

  29. Danny NThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:23pm PDT

    Ballet tickets would be perfect for my wife.

  30. Stephanie SThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:28pm PDT

    I would love to go to the ballet again!

  31. Lani SantillanThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:29pm PDT

    I would love to go to the ballet!!!

  32. GlenThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:31pm PDT

    Send me to the ballet!

  33. AnnaThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:36pm PDT

    Oh my, this looks stunning. I’d love to see the RWB again 🙂

  34. anneThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:36pm PDT

    This would be perfect if I win. I love the ballet.
    I love too! priceless.

  35. WinnieThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:37pm PDT

    Looks like a great show!

  36. Eileen OThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:37pm PDT

    Would love to go! @eleenie

  37. PhyThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:43pm PDT

    I love ballets!

  38. LaniThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 3:46pm PDT

    I like the ballet!!

  39. DavidThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 4:04pm PDT

    Would love to go, =D

  40. KarenThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 4:06pm PDT

    The girl in me who danced for 10 years would love to see this professional stage show.

  41. MichelleThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 4:49pm PDT

    Looks beautiful! I would love to take a lucky friend.

  42. DebraThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 6:54pm PDT

    I grew up on free RWB ballet in the park in Winnipeg. Would love to see them this Sunday!

  43. stephanieThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 7:06pm PDT

    My 12 year old daughter dances. I would love to take her. She has never been to the Ballet.Thanks

  44. Vishi SoodThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:00pm PDT

    Really exciting stuff! would love to get some culture!

  45. DebbieThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:01pm PDT


  46. ThomasThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:11pm PDT

    My wife would love this!

  47. Sheryl stephensonThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:04pm PDT

    My daughter is a ballerina and we would love to go

  48. Vanessa RossiThursday, April 19th, 2012 — 9:41pm PDT


  49. Vanessa WFriday, April 20th, 2012 — 9:23am PDT

    Looks great!

  50. MirandaFriday, April 20th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    Yes – would love to see this!

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