Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents The Handmaid's Tale: Oct. 10-14

You’ve seen it on Netflix, now you can see it at the Centennial Concert Hall — iconic costumes and all.

From Oct. 10-14, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s female-led 79th season kicks off with The Handmaid’s Tale.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Canadian literary giant Margaret Atwood, choreographer Lila York’s dance-drama portrays a dystopian future where the audience shadows the restricted, yet resilient, Offred as she navigates a world where women’s rights have been stripped away.

Translated into over 40 languages, Atwood’s Governor General Award-winning novel has been adapted to film, opera, radio, an award-winning audiobook, a graphic novel, am Emmy Award-winning television series, and York’s ballet, commissioned by RWB Artistic Director and CEO André Lewis in 2013.

“Through dialogue with Margaret Atwood, Lila York spent nearly a decade re-imagining the dystopian world of Gilead to enthrall our audience. Written over 30 years ago, The Handmaid’s Tale rings truer than ever as we observe the current political climate. York’s powerful reimagining of this stirring tale, when brought to life by the athleticism of our Company dancers, is sure to spark conversation and leave a lasting impression.” – André Lewis, RWB Artistic Director and CEO

Set to a score of renowned composers, including James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt, and John Corigliano, the thought-provoking ballet will provide a rich array of new characters to showcase the energy and theatricality of the RWB Company dancers.

Other events surrounding the production include RWB Book Club (after the Oct. 12 performance), pre-show chats (30 minutes prior to each performance) and Meet the Dancers, where RWB dancers will be available for photos and autographs (following the Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 performances.

Season subscriptions and single tickets are available online at, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 30 Graham Ave., or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792.

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