About 40 people gathered on a recent night in the woods behind the Brinson home to watch a performance of choreographer Johanna Lundqvist-Brinson’s dancers-the Hanna Q Dance Company. They performed on a special stage, made by LjungQvist-Brinson’s husband Max Brinson, accompanied by pre-recorded music and the sounds of birds and crickets.
Wendy Stuart Kaplan hosted. She said, “How lucky are we to be able to come here and watch dance in this amazing setting?” The audience agreed. The performance was a fundraiser for the Hanna Q Dance Company. LjungQvist-Brinson has been teaching dance in this area for more than 20 years, and she founded the Hanna Q Dance Company in 2013.
The company is made up of professional dancers all based in Manhattan. The company has performed mostly in venues in New York City, such as Dixon Place, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Live Arts, NYC City Center, and the West End Theatre. All of this requires money for the dancers, the studio, venues, and other logistics. The the main purpose of the evening was to show off these dancers in hopes of raising money to continue their artistic endeavors. HQDC is a not-for-profit organization with a 501c3 status.
The first two dancers, Sophia Michitson and William Feldon performed a pas de deux entitled “Andare”. LjungQvist-Brinson explained that it means ”to go, wanting to go somewhere, but you can’t, you’re held back.” The next piece entitled “As we Grow- Part 1” had a third dancer, Giorgia Picano. LjungQvist-Brinson explained that Part 2 would be in New York City at the Abrons Art Center (466 Grand Street). Tickets are available at www.hannaqdancecompany.com
After the on-stage performance, the dancers in theatrical masks, danced on the grass, around the six tables of diners. The bond between the dancers and LjungQvist-Brinson was impressive. She is also the Artistic Director, as well as the choreographer. She treats them like family and watches their every move as she guides them. Her mission, she says, is to spread the art forms of dance and connect with the audience’s emotions as she draws inspiration from nature.
After dinner, singer Steven Bloomer-Teague entertained guests with several familiar songs. In addition to her role as artistic director, Lundqvist-Brinson served an appealing dinner with wines and desserts. The atmosphere was relaxed and convivial, and the fundraiser deemed a success.
The first two dancers, Sophia Michitson and William Feldon performed a pas de deux entitled “Andare”. LjungQvist-Brinson explained that it means ”to go, wanting to go somewhere, but you can’t, you’re held back.”