Mark Godden's The Magic Flute Closes Royal Winnipeg Ballet Season
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera of the same name provides the score for Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s final production of the 2020-2021 season.
“Our company dancers, in their cohorts, worked with Mark to essentially restage the entire ballet and he even created a new surprise ending. It was a challenge to establish how to collaborate with choreographers from a distance, but once we worked through the logistics it was inspiring to watch the process and to be creating again.”
Artistic Director and CEO of Royal Winnipeg Ballet
From his home in Montreal, Godden restaged the ballet which was last performed on stage in 2007. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet production team used a television cart with a web cam that travelled from studio to studio and allowed the dancers to rehearse in the studio, with Godden observing remotely to make corrections.
This time, the story of a land between the sun and the moon, where the Queen of the Night pleads with Prince Tamino to save her daughter from Sarastro and offers a magic flute as protection, was produced for screen by Strongfront.tv. This is the first ballet project for the Indigenous production company.
“It was a pleasure to work with a new partner and deliver ballet to an audience at home. We are both in the business of telling stories, just through different methods, so combining the art of dance with the art of video production has been a true joy after a very challenging year,” says Associate Artistic Director Tara Birtwhistle.
The digital performance will be streamed from April 30 – May 2, 2021 and then available on demand from May 3 – 16, 2021.