Reviewed by Paula Citron
The Canada Dance Festival made a foray into contemporary ballet with Peter Quanz’s In Tandem and Guillaume Côté/Zdenek Konvalina’s Impermanence. It was flawed if promising program.
Quanz’s In Tandem was commissioned by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to celebrate composer Steve Reich. He set his work to Reich’s Double Sextet performed by six Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers.
Quanz did attempt to capture the relentless rhythm and the subtle changes, but only at the finale did he catch the fire. The piece is attractive but not zingy.
Guillaume Côté and Zdenek Konvalina’s Impermanence is an ambitious piece but suffers from being too long, too repetitive, and a bit too dreary. They need a dramaturge to help them with the dramatic arc.
At this point the two National principal dancers are a part of all that they have met, and you can see influences of the great choreographers they have worked with. Impermanence does show potential.
The Canada Dance Festival continues until Jun. 12.
Canada Dance Festival
Peter Quanz’s In Tandem
Performed by members of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Guillaume Côté/Zdenek Konvalina’s Impermanence
Performed by members of the National Ballet of Canada and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
NAC Theatre, Jun. 7, 2010