Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet | Murder & backstage intrigue
Q DANCE PROGRAMME CELEBRATES INNOVATIVE DANCE
Winnipeg, MB – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the groundbreaking work of Artistic Director and choreographer Peter Quanz in the fifth installment of Q DANCE, from November 13-16, 2013 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. The sold-out run is an uplifting portrait of the growth of award-winning choreographer Peter Quanz’ work over the past eight years. Utilizing the talents of an ensemble of RWB dancers, Quanz is staging three works ranging from neo-classical to contemporary ballet: Quantz by Quanz, Double Bounce and his newest creation Murder Afoot.
“This is a joyous programme,” says Quanz. “Dance is often so serious today. These three ballets showcase the evolution of my choreography through the quality of language, the questioning of how to tell a story, and the quest to balance risk taking with simply delightful pleasure.”
The classically inspired programme runs in order of creation, beginning with Quantz by Quanz, an 18-minute work featuring 14 dancers, which was awarded the Clifford E. Lee Award at The Banff Centre in 2005. The second piece is the virtuoso pas de deux Double Bounce, featuring Sophia Lee and Yosuke Mino
alternating with Elizabeth Lamont and Stephan Possin. This rapid-fire pas de deux has been in
constant evolution since its creation in 2010 and has been seen at New York City’s Lincoln Center and by more than five million people in performances with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Murder Afoot, Quanz’ newest work, rounds out the programme. This 45-minute comedic murder mystery ballet blends Quanz’ quirky contemporary style with an infusion of slapstick. The clever integration of multi-media allows audiences to glimpse the offstage world of the stunning cast of characters as the mystery unfolds.
The fun-filled piece has a trick ending and features RWB dancers and live-streamed video footage from all areas of the theatre.
Each of the three uniquely distinct pieces is vividly brought to life by a talented design team that includes costume designer Anne Armit and lighting and video designer Hugh Conacher.
Quanz’ choreography can next be seen at the Centennial Concert Hall on March 4 & 5, 2014, when Les
Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal performs Rodin/Claudel. Fans of Quanz’ exploratory new works can also look forward to the next Q DANCE programme at the Gas Station Arts Centre on May 23 & 24, 2014. Through collaboration with family therapist Dr. Maria Gomori, contemporary dancer Lucy Rupert, and RWB soloists Sophia Lee and Yosuke Mino, Quanz delves into the “thinking body” and the many pathways to understanding human behaviour through greater connection to our physicality.
Q DANCE gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council.
ABOUT Q DANCE
Q DANCE was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Peter Quanz following the creation of In Tandem for the
Guggenheim Museum Works & Process series. Since that time the company has enjoyed international acclaim with performances at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the Canada Dance Festival and the Joyce Theatre in NYC, among other venues. Works developed for Q DANCE are now in company repertoires worldwide including the Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Hong Kong Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
What: Q DANCE by Peter Quanz
Location: Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Date: Wednesday, November 13 to Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 8:00pm November 13 – 16; matinee at 2:00pm on November 16
Tickets: SOLD OUT. For all other ticket enquiries, visit the RWB online, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office (380 Graham Avenue) or call 204.956.2792 or toll free 1.800.667.4792