Racial reconciliation comes to the stage – in upcoming world premiere of major RWB ballet

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet soloist, Sophia Lee. Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography. Royal Winnipeg Ballet soloist, Sophia Lee. Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography.

In a fall marked by major events in this province, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is launching its 75th anniversary celebrations with the world premiere Oct. 1 of a full-length ballet that it is hoped will be a milestone in the story of race relations in Canada and with that bring a new public appreciation of the human issues at stake. The ballet, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, grew out of the testimony put before Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its arduous, recently completed hearings, and recreates the stories, “told and untold” by Indian Residential School survivors and their families.

The ballet, commissioned by the RWB, has a full-length musical score, which is also having its world premiere. The music is being performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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