Although he felt that he was doing nothing wrong by being involved with modern dance, somehow there was a conflict with his faith community. He says that when he eventually "did a little dance piece for the congregation, and gave a speech" explaining what he had done and why, not everyone accepted it. Some elders expressed concern that this wasn't appropriate for a Mennonite Christian. Growing up, he admits he was unaware of the "seedy" elements to the body, wondering, "It's about our bodies, what's wrong with them?"Fast forward 15 years, and [Peter Quanz], 30, was busy preparing a new full-length ballet for Les Grands Ballets Canathens in Montreal. Based on the story of Camille Claudel, the late 19th-century sculptor Auguste Rodin's mistress and fellow artist, this was a coup for Quanz.Emilie Durville (Claudel) and Marcin Kaczorowski (Rodin) dance in Peter Quanz's ballet Claudel/Rodin at Les Grands Ballets Canathen in the fail of 2011.
Canadian Mennonite Vol. 16 No. 4
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