Monday, March 20, 2023

Meet the Men of “Swan Lake”

Next weekend, the Virginia Arts Festival welcomes Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall for a sweeping performance of Swan Lake.

While images of beautiful ballerinas in tutus may be what comes to mind when you think of Swan Lake, it’s the men who do the heavy lifting—gracefully, effortlessly, and with spectacular dramatic flair.

Dmitri Dovgoselets. Photo courtesy of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Dmitri Dovgoselets plays lovestruck Prince Siegfried. ​Born in Kyiv, Ukraine,Dovgoselets trained at The National Ballet School of Ukraine in Kyiv. Following graduation in 1996 he joined The National Ballet of Ukraine, where he danced for two seasons. He 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.

He participated in the filming of The Tale of the Magic Flute, the made-for-television version of Godden’s ballet, for which the cast was awarded a Gemini Award.

Josh Reynolds. Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Royal Ballet.

Atlanta native Josh Reynold plays the sinister wizard Rothbart. He began his dance training at the age of 12 at Georgia Academy of Dance, and later went on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in New York.

Reynolds joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Second Soloist in 2015 and was promoted to First Soloist at the end of his first season. Since then, he has appeared in such leading roles as The Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Matthew (Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), and Bob (Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story).

Granted its “Royal” title in 1953 by the just-crowned Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is one of the world’s oldest premier dance companies and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. The company has performed to rave reviews at home, throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The troupe makes is Virginia Arts Festival debut with Swan Lake, which “cast its spell over the entire audience…you could have heard a proverbial pin drop” (Winnipeg Free Press). This breathtaking performance features the Tchaikovsky score performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Swan Lake
Presented by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Friday March 31, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Saturday April 1, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, April 2 2:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

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