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TOURING THROUGH TIME - WINNIPEG

Survey the options in the map below and click on the red markers to read about each location. If you visit a site, take a pic and share it on Social Media with the tag: #TouringThroughTime. Scroll down to view a slideshow of some of Winnipeg's historic dance past.

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Ana Maria de Gorriz and Salvatore Aiello received critical acclaim for their portrayals of Rita Joe and Jaime Paul respectively in choreographer Norbert Vesak’s interpretation of the George Ryga play "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" created for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1971. Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
Ana Maria de Gorriz and Salvatore Aiello received critical acclaim for their portrayals of Rita Joe and Jaime Paul respectively in choreographer Norbert Vesak’s interpretation of the George Ryga play "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" created for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1971. Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Ana Maria de Gorriz and Salvatore Aiello received critical acclaim for their portrayals of Rita Joe and Jaime Paul respectively in choreographer Norbert Vesak’s interpretation of the George Ryga play "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" created for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1971. Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Though their identities are unknown, these Winnipeg dancers demonstrate the style of movement that was popular in the 1910s and 1920s, which combined physical culture with the free movement styles of modern dance pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. Photo by Jessop Studios, Winnipeg
  • Kitty and Walter Brattston were on staff at the Fort Garry Hotel for 2 years in the 1930s to perform supper shows for hotel guests. They also performed frequently at local theatres such as the Walker Theatre, the Playhouse and the Dominion Theatre.
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet co-founder Gweneth Lloyd receiving Their Excellencies the Governor General Lord Alexander of Tunis and Lady Alexander at the opening night of the first Canadian Ballet Festival, Odeon (Walker) Theatre, April 30, 1948.
  • Rachel Browne created Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in 1964 and has left an indelible mark on Winnipeg’s modern dance community. Here, Jim Davis, Fred McKitrick, Rachel Browne, Stephanie Ballard, Sara Brummel, Suzanne Oliver and Grant McDaniel perform Browne’s "The Woman I Am", 1975
  • The Winnipeg Kiddies not only helped aid the war effort through fundraising efforts, but also raised the morale of soldiers and audiences through their delightful performances / Photo by Rembrandt Studio, Winnipeg, 1919
  • World War II revue shows that toured to local training bases helped to entertain troops before they headed overseas. The Bomba-Dears made many appearances in the Winnipeg area.
  • Gladys Forrester, trained primarily in ballet and highland dance, began performing in Winnpeg in the early 20th century. She danced as a corps de ballet member in Michael Powells’ famous film The Red Shoes, and on TV in the 1950s at the CBC studios in Toronto. Photo: Bloom Chicago
  • Jean McKenzie and Arnold Spohr were two of the Winnipeg Ballet’s star dancers and performed many works together. Both were integral to the growth of the RWB and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Photo: Phillips-Gutkin and Associates Ltd.
  • Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers getting ready to tour in 1972. In the 1970s, busses were the main mode of transport used by modern dance companies to tour the country and dancers usually helped load and unload supplies and some would even drive the bus! / Photo: J. Coleman Fletcher

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