The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Principal Dancer Dmitri Dovgoselets To Retire In 2020

Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Dmitri Dovgoselets in 2018 Sleeping Beauty (Photo by Réjean Brandt)

(Winnipeg, MB) – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) Principal Dancer Dmitri Dovgoselets has announced he will retire in 2020.

Dovgoselets has performed an extensive repertoire with the RWB, including Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet and the roles of Prince Désiré and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. Recently, Dmitri partnered Evelyn Hart in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers.

Dovgoselets shared, “After 22 seasons it is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement as Principal Dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It has been my greatest joy to have danced with the RWB here in Winnipeg and on stages around the world, but now the time has come to look forward to a new chapter in my life. It has truly been a privilege to share the stage with my fellow artists throughout my career. I will be forever grateful to Artistic Director, Andre Lewis and the entire team at the RWB for all of their support in making this incredible experience possible.”

Ryan Vetter, Dmitri Dovgoselets and Yosuke Mino in Romeo & Juliet (Photo by Daniel Crump)

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Dmitri trained at The National Ballet School of Ukraine in Kyiv. Following graduation, he joined The National Ballet of Ukraine where he danced for two seasons. Dmitri toured Canada with The National Ballet of Ukraine and Shumka Ukrainian Dancers before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 1998. He was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and Principal Dancer in 2015.

“In the coming months, we will have many opportunities to recognize Dmitri’s achievements and thank him for gracing our stage,” says André Lewis, RWB’s artistic director and chief executive officer. “We plan to have a special celebration of Dmitri’s contribution during our performances of Moulin Rouge.”

Dovgoselets will perform in the Nutcracker in December and Moulin Rouge February 27 to March 1.

Elizabeth Lamont and Dmitri Dovgoselets in Romeo & Juliet (Photo by Daniel Crump)

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Funders Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and Manitoba Sport, Culture, and Heritage as well as the generous support of patrons, sponsors and donors.

About The 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 over 1,500 students each week.

Press Release Via: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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