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40 Years of One Night Stands

The Story of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Chris Award - Honorable Mention
Columbus Film Festival
Best Documentary (Arts & Culture)
Golden Sheaf Award
Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
Golden Sheaf Award
Founders Award
Golden Sheaf Award
Official Selection
Gimli Film Festival
Official Selection
Globians Film Festival (Berlin, Germany)
Official Selection
Sudbury Film Festival
Featured Screening
Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera Festival USA & Select International Tour

It brought me to tears

Alastair Macauly, Chief Dance Critic

The New York Times

A loving portrait.

Starweek Magazine

First Class!

Maureen Riches, Editor

Dance International Magazine

A highly entertaining, emotional and engaging film.

Karen Kain, Artistic Director

The National Ballet of Canada

40 Years of One Night Stands is a must see film

John Doyle

Globe and Mail

It brought me to tears

Alastair Macauly, Chief Dance Critic

The New York Times

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The Story

40 Years of One Night Stands is the extraordinary account of two British adventurers, Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Hey, who, in 1938, moved to the remote Canadian prairies to start a small dance club that would forever change the face of North American ballet. The fledgling group became known as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and grew up to be one of the world’s premiere dance companies and the oldest continuously running ballet company in North America.

From Flin Flon to Moscow, the scrappy, tough and visionary company hit the road and blazed a trail, bringing “Prairie Freshness” and ground-breaking innovation to audiences large and small, from high school gyms in rural backwaters to standing ovations at sold out award-winning performances.

Through the inspired voices of former RWB company members and crew, including basketball-player-turned-ballet-dancer-turned-artistic-director, Arnold Spohr. 40 Years of One Night Stands features rarely seen original dance footage and recounts the dramatic and challenging first four decades of the company’s illustrious history. Floods, fires and financial ruin could not stop the passion for dance or the drive and determination of the talented and courageous troupe.

Directed by Peabody Award winner Jeff McKay (Crapshoot, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees) and narrated by Tony Award winner Brent Carver, 40 Years of One Night Stands documents the dream of two determined immigrants and recounts how—with guts, grit and an indomitable belief in possibility—a fledgling dance group survives challenge and misfortune to become one of the world’s premier ballet companies.

Co-produced with Inside Out Productions.

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About The Team

Producer, Director
Jeff McKay

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS MERIT JENSEN CARR, PATTI ROSS MILNE

PRODUCERS PATTI ROSS MILNE, JEFF MCKAY

DIRECTOR JEFF MCKAY

WRITER ROBERT LOWER

EDITORS ROBERT LOWER, JEFF MCKAY

COMPOSER SHAWN PIERCE

CAMERA JONATHAN BLAND, LINDA DANCHAK, JEFF MCKAY

NARRATOR BRENT CARVER

Released:
2008