Rebecca King, Soloist Czech National Ballet and Amar Ramasar, Principal, New York City Ballet. Photograph by Dave Friedman
PETER QUANZ, Artistic Director of Q DANCE, is an award-winning Canadian choreographer of international renown known for his groundbreaking choreographic collaborations in dance, in music, and in visual art. He manages duo leadership roles as Director of Q DANCE, a creative laboratory for new dance and as well as being an independent dance maker. His diverse aesthetic encompasses classical and contemporary ballet, contemporary dance/theatre experiences, and classical Chinese dance. Cultural immersion is a significant component of Quanz’ work and he is attracted to projects that offer opportunities to build international cooperation.
Quanz has choreographed for dance companies, opera, and theatre, and has created ballets for some of the world’s leading ballet companies. He has had commissions from the Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre), Hong Kong Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet of Canada, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Guangzhou Ballet, and the Beijing Dance Academy.
Recently, Quanz has delved into an extended research/creation process with Montréal Danse. This collaboration has been an odyssey into new creative streams as we develop a show experienced in the palm of your hand through personal mobile devices and which playfully animates our obsession with technology, Instant Community twists the manner we encounter each other.
Quanz has also built exceptional collaborative relationships with several Chinese
dance companies including the Guangzhou Ballet, and the Wuxi Song & Dance Theatre – which in 2016 toured across Canada and to New York City with Quanz’ full-length ballet, The Red-Crowned Crane.
2018 marks the eighth anniversary of Q DANCE with Quanz' continued dedication. The company has premiered 15 new creations, received enthusiastically engagement with audiences, and has garnered international praise from dance critics. Quanz finds deep satisfaction in coaching young dancers to discover and unlock their artistic potential.
In October 2011, the Buryatian National Ballet performed a programme of three of Quanz' ballets at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. For this collaboration he was awarded a State Medal in Literature and the Arts from the Republic of Buryatia, Russia.
Currently Quanz is collaborating with visual artist, Dominique Rey, in a series of video installations involving dancers. He is a jury member for Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest global network of dance. A recipient of the Clifford E. Lee Award, Quanz has been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Chalmers Foundation, and the Judy & Henny Jurriens Choreographic Fellowship.
Peter Quanz photographed by Natasha Ulanova