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.
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 Miss604.com 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.”