Local Arts Partners Embrace Digital Delivery for Upcoming Ballet

WINNIPEG. MB – February 16, 2021. The 81st season from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is set to make waves online with a new digital performance, Visions of Swan Lake. Audiences can enjoy one of the most popular ballets of all time, reimagined for the screen, from the comfort of their homes. The first of six shows will take flight on March 5, and air on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, until March 14.

The RWB has partnered with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) to provide the orchestration for this digital performance. Recorded under stringent public health guidelines in early February at the Centennial Concert Hall, the music for Visions of Swan Lake offers the warm and textured soundscapes that only a symphony orchestra can provide.

Featuring Tchaikovsky's luminous score and the enduring choreography originally created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Visions of Swan Lake revamps the RWB's Swan Lake, first staged by Galina Yordanova, for a new video performance which promises to deliver the world-class ballet audiences have come to expect from the RWB.

"Visions of Swan Lake features the most iconic scenes from the classic ballet, performed by RWB Company dancers, replete with opulent costumes and masks that will bring the story to life," said André Lewis, the Artistic Director and CEO at the RWB. "We are thrilled to be presenting with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra again, a partnership that will elevate the viewing experience and demonstrate the resilience and mutual support of Winnipeg's arts organizations."

The RWB has teamed with Frank Digital to produce the video portion of Visions of Swan Lake. Filmed in accordance with public health orders and comprehensive safety protocols, the RWB is excited to explore the delivery of dance through technology and online platforms. The move to digital distribution allows audiences to get closer than ever to the RWB Company dancers and give fans a chance to enjoy an RWB performance from anywhere in the world.

Visions of Swan Lake performances will include a pre-show lineup of interviews and messages from the RWB Company dancers, along with others who helped make each performance possible. Audiences are also invited to take part in a live Q&A after each show.

The RWB's Visions of Swan Lake has been made possible in part by support from its incredible partners, including Production Supporter, Richardson Foundation; Music Benefactor, Asper Foundation; Technology Supporter, Canada Life; and Arts Partner, WSO.

"We recognize the power and importance of the orchestra's music role in the magic of RWB performances and we enthusiastically support its continuity," said Leonard Asper of the Asper Foundation.

Prepare to enjoy the most iconic classical ballet in the world, revamped and reimagined for the screen, without having to leave your home. To get tickets to Visions of Swan Lake, visit and select your preferred showtime.


What: Visions of Swan Lake

Location: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's YouTube channel

Date: Friday, March 5 at 7:30 PM CST; Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 PM CST; Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 PM CST (matinee); Friday, March 12 at 7:30 PM CST; Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 PM CST (matinee); and Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 PM CST (matinee)

Tickets: Tickets for Visions of Swan Lake are available to purchase online at for $40. Shortly after the ticket purchase, buyers will receive a confirmation email with a link to a landing page. Visiting this landing page approximately 90 minutes before the show will redirect to the performance.

About Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis, versatility, technical excellence, and a captivating style are the trademarks of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB's superlative standards keep the Company in demand across North America. In addition to the Company, the RWB is home to the RWB School, consisting of both a professional division which trains young artists for a professional career in dance, and a recreational division which provides classes to about 800 students each week.