Q dance returns

May 20, 2011

Ballet, Press Releases

Q dance returns

dancer on pointe

Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 17, 2011) – Choreographer Peter Quanz presents Q Dance at the Rachel Browne Theatre May 27 and 28. This intimate triple-bill will include Quanz’s Beautiful Stranger and Luminous, and Yosuke Mino’s Koji. Performing the works are RWB dancers Vanessa Lawson, Amanda Green, Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Alexander Gamayunov, Yosuke Mino, Maureya Lebowitz, Tristan Dobrowney and Harrison James. Costumes for Q Dance were created by Anne Armit.

The Winnipeg Free Press called Q Dance the best dance show of 2010:

Rising young Canadian choreographer Peter Quanz borrowed six of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s finest dancers to perform three of his ballets in a thrillingly intimate show. Getting to watch Alexander Gamayunov, Amanda Green, Vanessa Lawson, Maureya Lebowitz, Yosuke Mino and Jo-Ann Sundermeier at such close range was a rare treat.” – Alison Mayes, Winnipeg Free Press

Beautiful Stranger

Beautiful Stranger was included on last year’s Q Dance program. For this production, Quanz has expanded the work. The piece is set to Liederkreis, op. 39 by Robert Schumann and will be performed to live music by University of Manitoba vocalist Mel Braun and pianist Laura Loewen.

Luminous
Luminous is a gorgeous work that explores romantic relationships at different stages in life. Originally choreographed for The Hong Kong Ballet, this intimate and poignant work is danced to a moonlit background. Quanz has chosen ‘Affairs of the Heart’ by Marjan Mozetich as the music for his ballet. This piece of music was originally commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. A full-scale version of Luminous will be performed as part of the RWB’s 2011-12 season next year. Quanz encourages the Winnipeg public to get a sneak peek of the work.

“Quanz’s masterly choreography has considerable emotional resonance.” – Kevin Ng, London Financial Times

Koji
Over the past few years, RWB Soloist Yosuke Mino has been expanding his choreographic repertoire. Mino choreographed his solo Koji for the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The work won second prize for dance at the festival.

Dates and times:

Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 28 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Tickets for Q Dance are $25 and can be purchased by emailing: qdancetix@gmail.com. For more information go to: www.peterquanz.com.

About Peter Quanz

Peter Quanz is the first Canadian choreographer to have created a ballet for the legendary Kirov Ballet at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. His work was enthusiastically received by both audience and press.

Peter has choreographed for the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre), The National Ballet of Cuba, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, The Hong Kong Ballet Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, the Chemnitz Ballet in Germany, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2005 Peter received the Clifford E. Lee Award, Canada’s national award for young choreographers.

CALENDAR / EVENT LISTING

What: Q Dance, Innovative ballet ensemble

Location: Rachel Browne Theatre, 204-211 Bannatyne Avenue

Dates/Times: May 27 & 28 at 7:30pm; May 28 at 2:00pm

Tickets: Tickets for Q Dance are $25 and can be purchased by emailing: qdancetix@gmail.com.

For more information, visit the Peter Quanz website.

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