Royal Winnipeg Ballet Takes Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation To Festival Internacional Cervantino For Mexican Premiere

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

(Winnipeg, MB) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is proud to be part of the Canadian contingent performing at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, one of the North America’s largest cultural festivals. Held in Guanajuato, Mexico, this prestigious festival will take place from October 9 – 27. The Company is delighted to present the Mexican premiere of the Juno award winning Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. Joining the RWB once again on stage will be Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers.

“From a personal experience, it is exhilarating for artists to be on world stages; it challenges our dancers to go beyond their usual comfort zone and achieve even more artistry and technical excellence!” says artistic director and chief executive officer of the RWB, André Lewis.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, produced with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), is a choreographic representation of the many stories both told by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honorary Witness Joseph Boyden, Cree actor, producer, former Member of Parliament; and TRC Honorary Witness Tina Keeper.

ShawTVOkanagan: Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation (2016)

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation premiered on October 1, 2014 and has been performed in full-length and reduced showcase versions 29 times. This ballet features an original, Juno-winning score composed by Christos Hatzis and includes appearances from Juno-winning Inuk Throat Singer, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers.

The RWB received two 2017 Juno nominations for Going Home Star- Truth and Reconciliation. The award-winning nomination was Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Polaris Prize-winner Tanya Tagaq, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment. The second nomination was for composer, and previous Juno winner, Christos Hatzis, for Classical Composition of the Year.

André Lewis, Tina Keeper, and Aboriginal and human rights activist, the late Elder Mary Richard; were honoured by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of their outstanding Indigenous leadership for their initiation of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation.

An Interview with Novelist Joseph Boyden (2014)

The Royal Winnipeg ballet is honoured to bring this important work to the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato Mexico.

About Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation:

Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen.

Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and towards the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth there is no reconciliation.

Shaw TV Nanaimo: Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation (2016)

Based on a story by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the emotions and experiences both told and untold by residential school Survivors and their families.

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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