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George Ryga fonds
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- Ryga, George
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George Ryga was born July 27, 1932 in Deep Creek Alberta. Although he left school early, he continued to study by correspondence and won a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1955, he travelled to Europe, where he attended the World Assembly for Peace in Helsinki and worked for the BBC. The following year he returned to Canada. He published his first book, a collection of poems titled Song of My Hands, in 1956. His play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe was translated into French, performed in front of the Prime Ministers and Premiers at the National Arts Centre and made into a film, before the Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned it as a ballet in 1971. He wrote the lyrics for the soundtrack of his play Grass and Wild Strawberries performed by the band later known as Chilliwack, who kept some the songs in their repertoire. George Ryga passed away November 18, 1987 in Summerland, British Columbia. His home is now and arts and culture centre.
The records of George Ryga came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB.
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The George Ryga fonds includes an article .
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The Canadian Literary and Art Archives at the University of Calgary also houses material pertaining to George Ryga.
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A biography written by James Hoffman titled "The Ecstasy of Resistance" exists.
See also the records of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, including moving images in Audio-Visual Boxes 74 and 75 housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives.
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