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Peter Quanz's Rodin/Claudel

rodin photo.jpgA young Canadian dance star is rehearsing his first full-length ballet in North America with the Grands ballets canadiens.

Choreographer Peter Quanz has already produced works for London's Royal Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theatre and a company in Siberia. 

These days, he's in Montreal working on the ballet Rodin/Claudel which is inspired by the passionate, tragic love story of two great French sculptors - the well-known Auguste Rodin (The Thinker) and his lesser known young lover, Camille Claudel. Camille Claudel was also a very talented sculptor (some even think Rodin stole some of her ideas) but she ended up in an asylum for  the last 30 years of her life. It's a story that has fascinated the French.

There's a biography written about Camille Claudel and a feature film starring Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Dépardieu. In fact, Peter Quanz will be at the Cinématheque quebecoise later today to introduce a screening of Camille Claudel, the movie.

Peter Quanz spoke to guest host Jeanette Kelly.

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