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Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 23, 2012) – Following an exciting New York City season at the Joyce Theater, Q DANCE will return to Winnipeg for its third annual programme featuring three World Premieres by choreographer Peter Quanz at the Gas Station Arts Centre from June 8-10, 2012.

Q DANCE, is performing at Gotham Dance Festival, NYC June 2&3, 2012 and at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis May 26, 2012. While on tour the company will be performing two of Quanz’s signature works, In Tandem and Luminous. At both festivals, Q DANCE will be the only Canadian company represented.

Four days after returning from NYC, Q DANCE will present three World Premieres by Quanz at the Gas Station Arts Centre. These ballets are new creations that the company is rehearsing in RWB studios and while on tour in the USA.


Nine dancers from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet are joining Q DANCE for this 2012 season including Tristan Dobrowney, Alexander Gamayunov, Amanda Green, Emily Grizzell, Harrison James, Vanessa Lawson, Sophia Lee, Yosuke Mino, and Jo-Ann Sundermeier. Five of these dancers are Q DANCE founding members.

Solo cellist, Minna Rose Chung, will perform in two of the new works and has collaborated in curating the musical choices for the evening. Chung made her Carnegie Hall début as a founding member of the Pangea String Quartet in conjunction with the Kronos Quartet Young Artists Concert Series. In 2010, she joined the Azure String Quartet, a Winnipeg-based ensemble commissioned to perform new works for chamber music. She is Professor of Cello at the University of Manitoba.

Anne Armit is continuing her significant collaboration with Quanz in the costume designs for all three ballets on the programme. Robert Mravnik will design the lighting concept.


“Q DANCE functions as a dance laboratory,” says Quanz. “We focus on exploring new dance, and education about the creative process. Expect to see new aspects of these dancers and their work, and new colours in my voice as a choreographer.”

Musical choices for the programme include excerpts from J. S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites, three short pieces for cello by Brazilian composer Fransisco Mignone, and Musica Adventus by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

RWB Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson will be performing with the company in a work that explores the body as an instrument and its betrayal during injury.

“I am honoured to be serving an artist of Vanessa’s calibre," said Quanz. "The trust she has placed in me during a vulnerable time in her career has allowed me to look deeply into what it means for her to be an artist, the related costs, and how she has grown as a dancer through injury.”


Q DANCE was founded in 2010 following the creation of In Tandem, an extraordinary creation process for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series that resulted in a breakthrough work for choreographer, Peter Quanz. Q DANCE continues to develop its diverse repertoire through collaboration with musicians, artists, and other choreographers. The company is a cohesive ensemble of nine ballet dancers who share a strong commitment to exploration and the creation of new dance. The Winnipeg Free Press named Q DANCE as the “best dance show of 2010”.


Peter Quanz has choreographed for leading ballet companies across the globe. He has collaborated with the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, National Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He formed Q DANCE in 2010 to serve as an artistic home and to further his exciting collaboration with RWB dancers.

Tickets for Q DANCE are $25.00 and are available through the RWB Box Office at 380 Graham Avenue (Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) or by calling (204) 956-2792 or 1-800-667-4792 toll free. Tickets will also be available at the Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Avenue, immediately prior to performances.


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