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Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Svengali

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 — 8:19am PDT
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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. Alicia says:

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

  2. Ronda says:

    Would love to see this beautiful drama….

  3. Nicola says:

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

  4. Julie says:

    I would love to go on Sunday!

  5. Linda says:

    I’d love to se the ballet

  6. Lyn says:

    Svengali looks like a fabulous and unique performance.

  7. Susan says:

    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 McNaught says:

    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 T says:

    Ooooh-would love to go to the ballet!

  10. luc says:

    I want to dance!

  11. Alicia says:

    I love the ballet!!

  12. Adam says:

    My girlfriend would love this!

  13. Elena says:

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

  14. Ali says:

    I love going to the ballet!

  15. Alicia C says:

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

  16. richard w says:

    I love to take my girlfriend!

  17. Rebecca says:

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

  18. Chelle says:

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

  19. Sanaz says:

    I’d love to see this ballet show

  20. DB says:

    this would be wonderful!

  21. Vince says:

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

  22. Luba says:

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

  23. HarjitCh says:

    Oo I would loveee to see this!

  24. Stephanie says:

    Love Ballet. It would be great to go.

  25. Sara says:

    Throwing my hat in the ring.

  26. Joey says:

    Never been to the ballet!

  27. Shelley says:

    Sounds like a great show!

  28. Denise says:

    I would love to win tickets to the ballet!!

  29. Danny N says:

    Ballet tickets would be perfect for my wife.

  30. Stephanie S says:

    I would love to go to the ballet again!

  31. Lani Santillan says:

    I would love to go to the ballet!!!

  32. Glen says:

    Send me to the ballet!

  33. Anna says:

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

  34. anne says:

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

  35. Winnie says:

    Looks like a great show!

  36. Eileen O says:

    Would love to go! @eleenie

  37. Phy says:

    I love ballets!

  38. Lani says:

    I like the ballet!!

  39. David says:

    Would love to go, =D

  40. Karen says:

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

  41. Michelle says:

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

  42. Debra says:

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

  43. stephanie says:

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

  44. Vishi Sood says:

    Really exciting stuff! would love to get some culture!

  45. Debbie says:


  46. Thomas says:

    My wife would love this!

  47. Sheryl stephenson says:

    My daughter is a ballerina and we would love to go

  48. Vanessa Rossi says:


  49. Vanessa W says:

    Looks great!

  50. Miranda says:

    Yes – would love to see this!

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