August 26, 2021


7:00 pm


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Dance Pop Up 2.0 @ The Beer Can

This dance pop-up will feature a selection of works from different artists, all of which are currently based in Winnipeg.

Seating will be rush seating style, and larger groups will be given priority to tables. We will do our best to make sure every patron is comfortable.

This event is also subject to weather and any change to Provincial Covid-19 Restrictions. Patrons MUST adhere to the current provincial restrictions and any Beer Can policies.

This show has been curated and organized by Stephan Azulay.


Born in London, raised in Australia, Stephan Azulay was introduced to the world of dance before he could even walk by his father, who’s a flamenco dancer. Stephan has been training in an array of dance styles his entire life. In 2012, he moved to New York to dance with the Joffrey Concert Group for two years. He then moved to dance in Las Vegas for Nevada Ballet Theatre for three years. And in 2017, he joined The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and is currently a Second Soloist.

Originally from Winnipeg, Jaimi Deleau joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in 2014. Since then she has risen to the rank of Second Soloist and has performed many feature roles including The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.

Yosuke Mino began his dance training at the Akiko Kanamaru Ballet Studio in Japan. He moved to Canada in 1998 to train at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and became an Apprentice of the RWB in 2002. Mino spent one season with The Boston Ballet before returning to the RWB, subsequently raising through the ranks to First Soloist.

Brisbane avant-cellist Rob Knaggs is fast gaining a reputation with audiences for his dynamic walls of sound and live performances that transport them to the northern reaches of his adopted home in the sub-arctic. In the last five years, he’s performed concerts for beluga whales and beneath the northern lights, collaborated with throat singers, played support to Montreal sound wizard Tim Hecker, represented Manitoba at travel conferences across North America, and captivated audiences at Australia’s renowned Woodford Folk Festival.

Conductor Julian Pellicano has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of music across a broad spectrum of genres, traditions, and time periods, leading the Winnipeg Free Press to proclaim that “his versatility is truly astonishing.” Whether it be traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoire, classical and modern ballet, opera, films live with orchestra, pops, musical theatre, multi-media productions, workshops, or his carefully programmed concerts for young listeners, Julian brings an incisive musicality and collaborative spirit to every performance.

The 2020 – 2021 season marked his second as the Principal Conductor of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Pellicano’s eighth season with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where he serves as the orchestra’s Associate Conductor. Dedicating himself to the sustainability of these organisations through this difficult season, Julian programmed several new live-streamed events and conducted the Winnipeg Symphony in online concerts on the orchestra’s Masterworks and Pops series, as well as conducting recording sessions for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s online productions and consulting on other online projects with the company.

Highlights from Julian’s recent concert seasons included appearances with the Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony with Cincinnati Ballet, Edmonton Symphony, and returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic, as well as postponed engagements with the Hong Kong Ballet, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra due to the worldwide pandemic.

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Momoko Matsumura enjoys a varied career playing orchestra and chamber music and teaching on both violin and viola. While working in the United States, she was a member of the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and the Plymouth Philharmonic where she held the position of principal second violin. She has also played with the New World Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Osaka Century Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony, Symphony in C. Momoko holds degrees from Kyoto City University of the Arts and Montclair State University where she was a fellowship student of the Shanghai String Quartet. During her studies she was awarded concert master positions at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Chatauqua Music Festival and Holland’s Nationaal Jeugd Orkest. Winner of the Montclair State University concerto competition, she has been a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including first prize in the International Music Competition of Earth and Nature in Bulgaira, and second prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Boston.

Nikki Komaksiutiksak is an Inuit woman from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, and currently is acting executive director for Tunngasugit. Although Winnipeg is now her home, Nikki has found the strength to preserve her “Inukness”, living in the southern part of Canada. Nikki is an active member with the Inuit community in Winnipeg, and uses her knowledge and understanding of the south to assist Inuit moving to the big city.

Nikki is an inspiration to the young and old everywhere, and truly demonstrates a passion for her cultural identity. Nikki is an experienced throat singer, teacher of Inuit history and culture, and a heartfelt musical performer. Nikki has been featured in many events around the world, always sharing her identity and teaching about her Canadian Inuit Culture, representing Manitoba and Inuit at such prestigious venues as the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games and, more recently, the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg. She has recorded music with Canadian talent, including such names as, the Weakerthans, Demetra Penner and Moses Mayes.

Nikki is often asked to attend Universities and schools throughout Manitoba to teach and showcase Inuit culture to both students and staff. The Inuit of Canada are an integral part of Canadian history and culture, but sadly are often excluded, overlooked, and forgotten. Nikki truly believes that it is critical that Inuit culture is remembered, recognized and celebrated throughout all of Canada.



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