Fonds - André Lewis

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André Lewis

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  • 1974-2015 (Creation)
    Lewis, André

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13 cm textual material + 28 photographs + 2 videocassettes.

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André Lewis was born January 16, 1955 in Hull, Quebec. He began his ballet training at Nesta Toumine’s Classical Ballet Studio in Ottawa. He entered the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 1975 and after graduation in 1979 joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1982. In 1984, he was appointed artistic coordinator for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was named associate artistic director in 1990. André served as interim artistic director several times in the 1990s before being officially named artistic director on March 7, 1996. He continues to guest teach and also stages Romeo and Juliet around the world.

Custodial history

The records of André Lewis came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a transfer of records from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and André Lewis as well as by members of the Alumni Association.

Scope and content

The André Lewis fonds includes the following series: biographical information (1978-2015); student records (1974-1978); RWB Dancer records (1979-1988); Associate/Artistic Director records (1989-2015); photographs (1979-2005); and videocassettes.

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No restrictions on access. Access to some sound recordings and moving images may be restricted for preservation reasons due to the age and fragility of the original storage media. Some photographs can also be found within the textual files.

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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General note

See the footage of The Hands, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Lento A Tempo E Appassionato, Memories, Nuages, Ballet in the Park and the programme Culture Warriors in the Audio - Visual collection for other material featuring André Lewis.

See also the Winnipeg House programmes, souvenir programmes and annual reports for other material pertaining to André Lewis.

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See also the unedited interview from "Forty Years of One Night Stands" housed as part of the Audio-Visual collection.

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