Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:33:57 GMT | By The Canadian Press, thecanadianpress.com

Winnipeg ballet getting 'The Handmaid's Tale'

WINNIPEG - Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet plans to kick off its next season with the world premiere of choreographer Lila York's adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale."

The ballet company says the production, based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, will run from Oct. 16–20.

New York-based York, whose signature work is "Rapture," has consulted with Atwood on the project and has put it to a musical score by James MacMillan.

"The Handmaid's Tale" has already been adapted into a feature film and an opera.

The ballet company's 2013/14 season will also include "Nutcracker," "Romeo + Juliet" and a mixed program of "The Four Seasons," "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude" and "Defile."

The season will also include performances by Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal and Peter Quanz's contemporary ballet company Q Dance.

Tours stops scheduled for the season include Ottawa, Western Canada and parts of U.S.

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