Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Hires Two New Talents And Announces Exciting Promotions to Mark Start of Dynamic Season

August 14, 2013

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Canada’s Royal   Winnipeg Ballet Hires Two New Talents And Announces Exciting Promotions to   Mark Start of Dynamic Season


RWB Welcomes Soloist   Artjom Maksakov from Boston Ballet for 2013/14


Winnipeg, Manitoba –   André Lewis, 
Artistic Director of Canada’s   Royal Winnipeg Ballet, proudly announces that Artjom Maksakov, former Company dancer   with Boston Ballet, joins the RWB Company for the 2013/14 season. Maksakov,   named one of the Outstanding Dancers of 2010 by Dance Europe Magazine, enters the Company in   the rank of Soloist. Lewis also announced the hiring of another international   talent for the 74th season: Olga   Malinovskaya, formerly with the Estonian National Ballet,   joins the Corps de Ballet.

“I am delighted to be welcoming new talent into the Company both from inside   and outside our organization,” said Lewis.  “New faces bring fresh ideas   and approaches, which is an absolutely essential part of the natural process   of evolution for our Company.”

Lewis also announces the promotion of RWB rising star Sophia Lee to   Soloist. Sophia Lee, who   was last seen in Moulin   Rouge® – The Ballet dancing the role of La Goulue, joined the   Company directly from the RWB School in 2011 and has performed numerous   Soloist roles with the Company since then, including Clara in Nutcracker and The Queen   of the Underworld in Twyla   Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin.

Each year the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, under the direction of Arlene   Minkhorst, produces incredible new talent for the Company. Katie Bonnell, Kylie Duggan, Manami   Tsubai and Ryan   Vetter have been hired from the RWB School Aspirant Program   and are joining the Company as Apprentices for the dynamic 74th Season. As   well, former students and RWB Apprentices Stephan Possin and Chenxin Liu have   been promoted into the Corps de Ballet.

Single tickets are now on sale for the RWB’s 2013/14 season, which opens   October 16 with the World Premiere of The   Handmaid’s Tale, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Fans of the   novelist will be able to hear her personal insights on the award-winning   novel on opening night at the Centennial Concert Hall. Ms Atwood will be   joined by André Lewis onstage for the not-to-be missed pre-show chat.    (The pre-show chat will be shown for the run of the show in the lobby before   the performance.)

Nutcracker, Romeo +   Juliet, and a   Mixed   Programme, featuring works by Forsythe, Kudleka and   Winnipeg’s Jorden Morris finish off the eclectic season. Subscriptions for   the 2013/14 Season   are available online at and through the RWB Customer Service Office in person or by calling (204) 956-2792.


SOLOIST

Ukrainian   born Artjom Maksakov   studied at the Tallin Ballet School before being accepted into the Estonian   National Ballet in 2003. He previously danced with the Het National Ballet   and Boston Ballet before joining Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Soloist   for the 2013/14 season.  Maksakov’s repertoire includes the role of   Siegried in Marius Petipa’s Swan   Lake, Prince Désiré in The   Sleeping Beauty, Basilio in Don   Quixote; as well as principal roles in La Sylphide, Coppélia, Manon,   Wuthering Heights, The Three Musketeers, Balanchine’s Who Cares?, and  Nutcracker. The winner   of numerous International Ballet Competition’s, Maksakov was named one the of   170 Outstanding Dancers of the 2010 Season by Dance Europe Magazine.

Originally from South Korea, Sophia   Lee lived and trained in Langley, BC, before joining the   Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. She graduated from the   School in 2010 and joined the RWB Aspirant Program for one year before being   promoted directly into the Corps de Ballet. Lee was promoted to Second   Soloist in 2012. Her RWB repertoire includes, Clara in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy   in The Sleeping Beauty,   the lead role in Carmina   Burana, and she was selected by Twyla Tharp to dance the role of   the Queen of the Underworld in Twyla   Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin. She has also had roles   created on her, including Svengali’s First in Mark Godden’s Svengali, as well as a   solo set to Hallelujah   in Jorden Morris’ The   Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen. 

CORPS DE BALLET

Born   in Chenzhou, Hunan, China, Chenxin   Liu trained at the Beijing Dance Academy before joining the   Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Aspirant Program. She joined the RWB as an   Apprentice in 2012. Her repertoire includes Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Moulin   Rouge® – The Ballet, Red Riding Hood and Canari Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.  Liu   has performed internationally at the Monaco Dance Forum and Prix de Lausanne,   and has also studied at the Banff Centre dance summer program.

Olga Malinovskaya   studied at the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy for eight years before becoming   a Principal dancer with the Estonian National Ballet in 2008. She spent a   season with Boston Ballet before joining Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a   member of the Corps de Ballet for the 2013/14 season. Her performance credits   include the lead roles of Odette/Odile in Swan   Lake, Kitri in Don   Quixote and Swanilda in Coppélia.   She has also appeared in Nutcracker,   The Three Musketeers, Paquita Romeo & Juliet, Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Who   Cares? and Pas   de Trois. The recipient of numerous awards including the Gold   Medal at the International Dance Olympus Competition in 2006, Malinovskaya   was named one of the Outstanding Dancers of 2010 by Dance Europe Magazine.

Born in Munich, Germany,   Stephan Possin began his dance training at the Pacific   Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington in 2004. After working   one-on-one with former PNB Principal dancer Deborah Hadley for more than a   year, Possin joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Aspirant Program in   2010. Possin danced as a Company Apprentice for one year before being   promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2013. During his time with the RWB, Possin has   danced in numerous productions including Twyla   Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Carmina Burana, Svengali, Giselle,   Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet and Nutcracker.


APPRENTICE

Originally from Oakville, Ontario, Katie Bonnell started   dancing with Virginia Fleming at The Fleming School of Performing Arts and   Sarah Baeumler at Balletomane before beginning her training at the Royal   Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2008. She joined the Aspirant   Program in 2011 and was promoted to Apprentice in 2013. Her repertoire with   the Company includes Nutcracker,   The Sleeping Beauty and Moulin   Rouge®- The Ballet. As a student she performed in Swan Lake , “Hula” from   William Forsythe’s The   Second Detail, as well as the grand pas de deux from Paquita for Ballet in   the Park 2012.

Originally from Laguna Hills, California, Kylie Duggan began dancing at age three   at the Pacific School of Ballet, later training with Melissa Allen Bowman at   California Conservatory of Dance. In 2010, she competed at the New York City   Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, where she was awarded summer   scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. Duggan   trained at the RWB School for one year before joining the Aspirant Program.   She was promoted to Apprentice in 2013. Her repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty,   as well as the role of Spanish in Nutcracker.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Manami   Tsubai began dancing at the age of three. She studied at Soda   Ballet School in Japan until 2007 when she moved to Canada to begin her   training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. Tsubai’s   repertoire includes   Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker, as well as William Forsythe’s Hula, and La Bayadere. In 2012,   she toured with the RWB performing Moulin   Rouge® – The Ballet and The   Sleeping Beauty.

Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Ryan Vetter danced   at the Dance Gallery under teacher Jackie Kriens before joining the Royal   Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2008. After dancing in the   RWB Aspirant Program for one year, Vetter was promoted to Apprentice in   2013.  Vetter’s repertoire with the RWB Company includes Giselle, Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet,   The Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.   As a student Vetter choreographed two original pieces for the Professional   Division choreographic competition First Steps.

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