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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

In Tandem

Choreography: Peter Quanz
Music: Steve Reich
Costume Design: Anne Armit
Lighting Design: Marc Parent

“...a suspenseful choreographic journey...”
– the star ledger, New Jersey

A rising star in the international dance world, Peter Quanz was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2009 to create this groundbreaking piece to showcase the Pulitzer Prize winning composition Double Sextet by American Steve Reich. The clever, fast-paced piece aptly reflects the shadows and light, melancholy and elation of life in the big city.

“...beautifully balanced lyrical grace with edgier, angular movements that echoed ...the score’s darker moods...”
– dancingperfectlyfree.com

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

Choreography: Norbert Vesak
Music: Ann Mortifee
Lyrics & dialogue: George Ryga
Costume & lighting design: Norbert Vesak

Audiences’ and dance reviewers’love affair with Tara Birtwhistle has been ongoing since her debut with the RWB in 1991.

“...the quintessential feminine mystique"
– The Globe and Mail

This poignant performance of Rita Joe will be Tara’s special farewell to her loyal Winnipeg audience.

In the Upper Room

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: Philip Glass
Costume design: Norma Kamali
Lighting design: Jennifer Tipton

“...sheer exuberance of motion...”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

One of the most influential figures of 20th century dance, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than 135 ballets, five Hollywood movies and four Broadway shows. She has received a deluge of awards, working with everyone from Bob Fosse to Baryshnikov. Tharp’s “fierce, driving and relentless” choreography changed the face of modern ballet forever. This signature work gives you a taste of Tharp’s Big Apple with pulsating rhythms and innovative, energetic movement.

“The piece takes possession of our emotions...the expressive force of the work is soclear, so vividly communicated, that the audience can hardly butgive it an ovation.”
– The Wall Street Journal

 

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