Bringing together classical dance composition and west coast hip-hop like no one before him, Los Angeles native Victor Quijada uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language that is uniquely his own. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada’s dance technique, the RUBBERBAND Method is now taught in some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatories from Los Angeles to London. Whether he is reimagining site-specific performance with smartphone technology in his innovative Fils de Ville or exploring his Mexican-American heritage in the deeply personal and politically charged Baumann Project – Quijada continues to be a bold and original voice in contemporary dance.

“Quijada’s choreography blurs the hard edges of breaking with contemporary sensibility, boasting delectably clever partnering and buoyant musicality.”
- Time Out Chicago

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Now Touring

Dates Available for Touring:
Summer 2018 and Spring 2019

Touring Personnel:
Varies by program. Contact Pentacle for details.

Repertory Available for 2018/19

Fils de Ville (City Thread)
Running Time: 30 minutes
Performers: 10 dance company members*
*The production incorporates a cast of 20-30 local pre-professional/student dancers.
Dance maverick Victor Quijada reimagines the city as stage in his new and innovative contemporary dance experience. Featuring a cast of 30+ dancers comprised of company members and dancers/dance students from the local community, Fils de Villetaps into the vibrant energy of public spaces and our culture of smartphone technology to create a unique, shared experience between audience, performers and space. By downloading a smartphone app specifically designed for the piece, participants embark on a sensorial experience – activating different music compositions based on their movement throughout the performance site. Free to create their own adventure, audience members choose to follow one or more of the dancers along various designated paths. Fils de Ville pays tribute to the effervescence of urban environments while celebrating the unpredictable exhilaration of live performance. BYOEB (Bring Your Own Ear Buds) and let your dance adventure begin!

Fils de Ville premieres in August 28, 2017 to celebrate the city of Montreal’s 375th anniversary with support from Place des Arts de Montreal. Local dancers include students from Montreal’s École Supérieure de Ballet and École de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal.

Fils de Ville requires a 2 week dance residency + advanced site visit with Victor.
Week 1 – Victor Quijada and a RBDG dancer to set the work on local dancers.
Week 2 – Full company arrives for on-site rehearsals with local dancers.

About the app: Audience members download a smartphone app with active GPS that holds a pre-programmed playlist activated when participants move through the designated public space. With the event’s soundtrack in the spectator’s hands, the performance begins in one central meeting point. Eventually, the dancers separate into smaller groups, moving throughout the area, the sound score changing as audience members hit various hotspots designated throughout the site.

Vic’s Mix
Running time: 75 minutes – 1hr 45 with intermission depending on repertory
Celebrating over 15 years of making dance, Vic’s Mix highlights the evolution of Quijada’s signature style, featuring reimagined works originally created for RUBBERBANDance Group as well as commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Scottish Dance Theatre. Premiering in 2016 at the Festival International DanseEncore, Vic’s Mix has gone on to tour internationally, most recently performing throughout Mexico and Germany.

Ever So Slightly
Premiere Date: Winter 2018
This new work features 12 dancers and will premiere at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des arts in Montreal.

COMMISSIONING & RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY:
RUBBERBANDance Group is currently seeking commissioning partners and residency opportunities for the development of The Baumann Project from Spring – Summer 2019.

The Baumann Project (Title TBC)
Development Phase: Spring – Summer 2019
Premiere Date: Summer/Fall 2019
Exploring themes of identity, origin, motherland and home, The Baumann Project is Quijada’s most personal work to date. Using movement, text, and an original music score of traditional Mexican Corridos and Norteño music remixed live by DJ Jasper Gahunia, the new work features a reconfigurable set by visual artist Sylvain Baumann. Evoking the ghost or skeleton of what was once a home, the dancers are forced to adapt to an ever-changing and unpredictable environment throughout the course of the evening. Performed as an evening-length triptych, The Baumann Project also marks a rare return to the stage for Victor Quijada, who comes out of retirement to perform a solo selection where he explores his Mexican-American heritage.

The Baumann Project is produced by RUBBERBANDance Group and has been developed in part during a creation residency at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana and a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center with support from the Princess Grace Foundation. The RBDG Intensive Development Lab (IDL) was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Grant. 

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach and Engagement

MASTER CLASSES

RUBBERBAND Method (master class for professional dancers and graduating students): This 90 minute workshop outlines the methods developed by Victor Quijada. Based on the RUBBERBANDance Group company class, it prepares dancers for the demands of his choreography. The class addresses the following basic principles: the distribution of weight outside of the plum-line axis of the upright skeletal structure; the agility in hand, elbow, and shoulder inversions; and the use of the body and all its surfaces as 3-dimensional and multi-directional carving tools. Participants are introduced to a movement hybrid that is influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabulary, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, use of rhythmic variations and partnering. It prepares contemporary and classically trained dancers for floor-work commonly associated with breakdance. With the RUBBERBAND Method, dancers will be ready to engage the floor with authority and finesse, while negotiating their body through space using textures that are adapted from urban approaches. The RUBBERBAND Method also brings awareness to focus and visual connections within moments of partnering and performance.

RUBBERBAND Method (master class for 16yrs + and first year college dance students): Victor Quijada’s choreography combines urban, contemporary and classical principles and is influenced by experiences of the street, stage and camera. In this class, dancers are taught exercises that build agility and precision whether dancing on their feet, on the floor or upside down. It is an introduction to RUBBERBANDance Group’s ability to connect contemporary, classical and urban dancing.

SCHOOLTIME MATINEE: The Breakdown (50 minutes/includes Q&A session)
The Breakdown is presented in a lecture demonstration format that includes excerpts of various RUBBERBANDance Group work and culminates in a Q&A session with students. The activity provides insight into the development of Quijada’s RUBBERBAND Method by performing excerpts of the company’s repertory. A behind-the-scenes event where dance and conversation are at the forefront, The Breakdown sheds light on RUBBERBANDance Group’s spontaneous and contemporary style. This engaging event can be tailored for different audiences – from dance aficionados to novices. Grade range: Grade 6-High School. 

RUBBERBANDance Group Short Film Screening/ Dance for the Camera
RUBBERBANDance Group has created a number of dance on film works. The company is able to offer an evening screening and discussion, allowing audiences to become better acquainted with Victor Quijada’s choreography and to have a discourse on the differences between creating dance for film and stage. There are a number of high-quality short films available, the evening can also include a selection of music clips and videos from special projects. With viewers’ feedback and participation, the evening of screenings can be tailored to specific interests, with or without the presence of the choreographer as a mediator.

Pre or Post performance talks, lecture demonstrations and panel discussion participation available upon request.

 

Artist's Calendar

Dates
Event
Venue / Time
08.29.17-
09.10.17
Fils de Ville (City Thread)
Esplanade de la Place de Arts
Montreal, Québec
5:15PM + 7PM (no Monday shows)
10.03.17
Vic’s Mix
Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville
Drummondville, Québec
8PM
10.05.17
Vic’s Mix
Québec Danse
Rimouski, Québec
8PM
10.12.17
Vic’s Mix
Salle Maurice-O'Bready, Centre Culturel
Sherbrooke, Québec
8PM
10.13.17
Vic’s Mix
St-Léonard, Québec

10.14.17
Vic’s Mix
Salle Alphonse-Desjardins, Réseau Billetech
St-Georges-de-Beauce, Québec
8PM
02.27.18-
03.01.18
Vic’s Mix
Schrittmacher Festival
Aachen, Germany
Times TBD
03.20.18
Vic’s Mix
Bovard Auditorium, USC Visions and Voices
Los Angeles, CA
7:30PM
03.24.18
Vic’s Mix
Mackay Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
7:30PM
03.31.18
Vic’s Mix
PepsiCo Theatre, The Performing Arts Center @ Purchase College
Purchase, NY
8PM
04.03.18
Vic’s Mix
UAlbany Performing Arts Center @ University at Albany
Albany, NY
7:30PM

About

About the Company
In RBDG, Victor Quijada reconciles the two poles that inhabit him: the spontaneity, risk, and fearlessness of the Hip-Hop culture of the American West Coast where he grew up, and the choreographic refinement of contemporary dance, the milieu in which he developed as a professional dancer. The revolutionary character of the aesthetic Victor has created is illustrated in more than twenty works during fifteen years of artistic research. Imbued with the inherent independence of the street and a sharply perceptive sense of staging, his choreographies explore human relations, particularly focusing on the passion of obsession, the brutality of violence, and the delicacy needed for tragedy and comedy.

RBDG has also invested in nurturing young choreographers seeking to develop their own voices. The Post Hip Hop Project, which began in 2009 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts, invites young artists to workshop their creations under the mentorship of Victor Quijada and to test them in front of an audience.

Victor Quijada, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Award-winning choreographer Victor Quijada is the founder of RUBBERBANDance Group and creator of the RUBBERBAND Method.

Leaving the Hip Hop of his native Los Angeles for a career with internationally renowned post-modern dance and ballet companies such as Twyla Tharp’s THARP!, Ballet Tech and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal, Victor Quijada was quickly recognized as a talented, prolific dancer. He possesses a rare range of experience that spans from the street to the concert hall.

Impelled to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor founded RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of expressive genres. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. He has created more than 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and in commissions, and has toured with his company across North America and Europe.

Victor Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method as a bridge to connect diverse movement styles. He teaches this technique internationally at conservatories, universities, and festivals, and coaches dancers to transition masterfully between opposing dance worlds, enabling them to combine balletic lines and grace, contemporary angles and distortion, and capoeira-like fluidity and inversions with hip-hop dynamics and break power-moves.

Since 2011, Victor has directed the intensive summer dance workshop at Domaine Forget and since 2010, has been choreographer at the annual Springboard Danse Montréal. He was artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal from 2007 to 2011, and was asked to teach at the Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.

As a guest choreographer, Victor is regularly invited to create new works for circus, theatre, and dance companies, including in repeat commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre. His prestigious awards include the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. Victor was most recently awarded a second Princess Grace Award and a Fellowship with a 2016 Works in Progress Residency.

With more than a dozen films to his credit, Victor worked as choreographer, director, and dramaturg in music clips, art film, and television productions. His short film Hasta La Próxima was a finalist at the American Choreography Awards in 2004; his choreography for the video clip of the k-os song, Man I Used to Be, won the 2005 Choreography Media Honor; and his film Gravity of Center won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. Victor was designated one of the stand-out artists in the documentary series Freedom, published in the On the Rise section of Dance Magazine. There is also an article on him in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

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