Although nearing its 70th anniversary, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is young at heart, with a diverse repertory and energetic company members. While the troupe, now under the leadership of artistic director André Lewis, has performed at Northrop Auditorium five times, their last visit was over 30 years ago, so this is a good opportunity to get reacquainted with this well-respected dance neighbor to our north. The program includes resident choreographer Mauricio Wainrot's passionate "Carmina Burana" set to a familiar score by Carl Orff. The work is inspired by medieval texts discovered in a monastery, but Wainrot's version adds a modern touch, with a set defined by metal framing and translucent panels. Also on tap is "Concerto Barocco," George Balanchine's innovative take on Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor." Ten women and one man will perform Balanchine's always precise yet poetic movement. Finally, the evening includes "led," a duet for two married (and expecting) company members, created by emerging Canadian choreographer Shaun Hounsell.
Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., 2008