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Giveaway: Tickets for Svengali Ballet at National Arts Centre

“Svengali: A person who manipulates or exerts excessive control over another.”

The origin of the word we know commonly know as “svengali” is actually from a novel published in 1894 by George Du Maurier. In it, a singer named Trilby is captured by an unsuccessful musician, Svengali. Svengali manages to live a life of luxury by keeping Trilby under hypnosis, performing concert performances and living as his slave.

In 1931, this same plot line was adapted for film and now The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is bringing its world-premiere adaptation to Ottawa, at Canada’s National Arts Centre from January 26-28th. So far, the reviews have been glowing.

I’m really looking forward to seeing it, and I’d like to give you the chance to come along too.

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This giveaway is for:

– Two orchestra-level tickets to see Svengali at the NAC on Friday, January 27, 2011 at 8 pm

To enter to win:

– Make sure you’re available to attend the show on this day and time

– Leave a current email address when you comment so that I can reach you if you win

– For one entry: simply leave a comment below

– For one extra entry: tweet the following: “I entered to win tkts to @CanadasNAC with @coffeewithjulie. U can 2! #RWBSvengali”

  Photo: Amanda Greeen, playing Trilby, in RWB’s Svengali.


Please note that I’ve read this ballet is not intended for children and contains “adult themes.” The draw will take place on Sunday, January 15th at 8 pm. Good luck!

p.s. If you’ve never been to a ballet and you’re not sure if you’d enjoy it, I found this article — “The Body’s Possibilities,” by Alicia Mosier — helped re-spark my own interest in this form of dance.

Edited to add on January 16th: AND THE WINNER IS!  memyselfsarah – Congrats! I will email you with the details. Let us know how you enjoy the show!


  1. Allison Button says:

    I would love to see the ballet! modmischief (at)

    • coffee with Julie says:

      Good luck Allison! (For others interested in entering, I should clarify that you don’t have to make your email address public, just that you need to leave a valid email address when entering a comment. Only I will see your email.)

  2. ooooh! pick me! pick me!!

  3. Ryan Purchase says:

    Here is my comment! It’s a good one, too.

  4. Some of the my favorite memories growing up were going to see the RWB perform just about any ballet with my mom & grandma. 

  5. would be a wonderful show to see – put my name in the hat!  

  6. Maria Ford says:

    Please add my name to the draw … twice :)

  7. Orchestra-level? Sign me up.

  8. This would bee great to see!

  9. I’d love to win these tix! Thanks to @NACCanada for promoting the give-away, too!

  10. Sarahtrottier says:

    Wow – I’d love to win! Also here because of @CanadasNAC’s tweet!

  11. memyselfsarah says:

    Great contest!

  12. Would love to take my daughter to this show.

  13. Ooooh, what a perfect date night! 

  14. Such a great contest! Would love to win!

  15. I grew up in dance and I’ve always wanted to see a ballet!

  16. I would love to see this ballet!

  17. My husband and I are new to Ottawa so this would be an incredible date night and a great way to explore our new city.

  18. I would love to see this show!

  19. It should be a good show.

  20. I would just love to see the RWB do Svengali

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