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REPERTORY CURRENTLY TOURING
This full evening repertory program features a selection of choreographic jewels that span the immense creative territory of Victor Quijada’s 15 year journey with his company, RUBBERBANDance Group. Bringing together classical ballet and 1990s west coast hip-hop like no one before him, Quijada has uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance to create a singular language. In a series or works that range from humorous to austere – Quijada continues to experiment, remixing his work and orchestrating a clash of urban pop and classical composition with an element of theatricality and exemplified by the athletic tableaus of the RUBBERBANDance method. Vic’s Mix premiered in June 2016 at the Festival international DansEncore in the Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau of the Maison de la Culture.
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Fils de ville (City Threads)
Premiere Date: August 23, 2017
Number of Dancers : 30-40*
*10 RBDG dancers and a group of local pre-professional dancers.
Fils de ville is a multidisciplinary interactive performance event that frees dance from the conventional stage and takes it outdoors. Live geolocated dance, music, and video performances come together to offer viewers an exceptional experience. More than observers, they become active participants when they choose to follow one or another group of dancers on a designated path with an exclusive application made specifically for Fils de ville. Using smartphone technology – currently seen as an instrument of distraction during live performance – Fils de ville becomes a unique, shared experience between audience, performers and space. Created for international festivals or presenters that offer outdoor performances, and intended to showcase the creative and technological ingenuity of its makers, Fils de ville is a tribute to the effervescence of any given urban environment.
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 musical soundtrack changing as audience members hit various hotspots designated throughout the site.
The Baumann Project (Title TBC)
Premiere Date: Summer/Fall 2018
A collaborative work that brings together various art forms, The Baumann Project explores the themes of identity, origin, homeland, and home through movement, text, a dismantable/reconstructible visual art piece and an edgy original composition inspired by traditional Mexican Norteño music. Just as Quijada visits a certain nostalgia in this piece in order to push the limits of his own choreographic language, so too does the scenic structure, created by visual aritist Silvain Baumann, serve as a way to further explore the work’s main theme, playing multiple roles throughout the evening – at times a barrier to the dancers and in other moments as a tool for further exploration. Longtime collaborators, lighting designer Yan Lee Chan and composer/musician Japser Gahunia contribute to the lighting and music of this intriguing new work.
The Baumann Project is produced by RUBBERBANDance Group and was developed in part during a creation residency at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana. The RBDG Intensive Development Lab (IDL) was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Grant.
Ever So Slightly
Premiere Date: Fall 2018
This new work will feature 12 dancers and will premiere at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des arts in Montreal.
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.
The Breakdown 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 type of 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 shaped for different audiences – from dance aficionados, to novices. Event can be tailored as a Schooltime Matinee or Student Performance for grades 6+ and high school audiences.
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 available upon request.
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 & 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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