balletWinnipeg, Manitoba (January 21, 2012) – Internationally renowned Winnipeg-based choreographer Peter Quanz will be awarded the prestigious State Medal in Literature and the Arts by President Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia next month on February 11, 2013.


The state medal recognizes a significant creation of literary or artistic work for the Republic, and Quanz is only the second non-Russian and the first North American to receive this distinction. The medal ceremony will take place at the Buryatian National Dramatic Theatre in Ulan-Ude, Russia.


Quanz, originally from Baden, Ontario, is being recognized for a series of modern ballets choreographed for the Buryatian National Ballet as part of the celebration of the Republic of Buryatia’s 350-year membership in the Russian Federation. Quanz created two new ballets and restaged In Tandem, his work that was commissioned in 2010 by by Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum in New York while in residence in the Buryatian capital of Ulan-Ude from February to April 2011.


Quanz was invited to create new works for the celebration by composer Anton Lubchenko, who also served as the director of the Republic of Buryatia Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Quanz and Lubchenko had previously collaborated on the choreographer’s 2009 work In Colour for the National Ballet of Canada.


The new works, which were performed on the new stage of the Bolshoi Theatre alongside In Tandem in Moscow in October 2011, include Dzambuling and Souvenir de Bach. The scores for both Dzambuling and Souvenir de Bach were both created by Lubchenko for Quanz’s choreography.


Dzambuling is a Tibetan word for a spiritual paradise on earth and serves a national statement of the culture of Buryatia. Created to an original soundscape of traditional Buryatian throat singing, percussion, string instruments and breath, Dzambuling delves into ancient Buddhist, Shamanistic and Aboriginal doctrines to chart humankind’s journey through Samsara, the map of the Buddhist universe.


Souvenir de Bach is a neoclassical ballet created for the Buryatian dancers to a string ensemble composed by Lubchenko that he dedicated to Quanz.


In Tandem was originally commissioned in 2010 by Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and was restaged for the Russian Company. This contemporary ballet is set to the Pulitzer Prize-winning score, Double Sextet, by American composer Steve Reich.

Later this month, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be performing Quanz’s piece In Tandem at the New Music Festival with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. This is the first time that the ballet will be performed with live music, and composer Steve Reich will mix the orchestra and recorded elements of his Pulitzer Prize-winning composition. The dancers will perform In Tandem on stage amongst the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra musicians on January 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.


Quanz is currently working on the fourth Winnipeg season of his collaborative dance company, Q DANCE, which will perform at the Gas Station Theatre on February 22 at 8 p.m.and February 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.


An adventure into the unknown, Q DANCE is an exploration that offers diversity in repertoire and an accessible view into the state of the art. This season Q DANCE will feature three World Premieres, including Quanz’s new duet for WDC’s Johanna Riley and RWB dancer Sophia Lee, the completion of a work Quanz first workshopped in June 2012, and a new work by RWB dancer Yosuke Mino. Quanz’s celebrated ballet Luminous will also be performed in addition to these new works.


Tickets for Q DANCE are on sale now for$26.25 and are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue (Mon-Fri, 10 am – 5 pm and Sat 10 am-3 pm), by calling 204-956-2792 or 1-800-667-4792 toll free, or online.

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