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Trenzado (work in progress)

Territory represented: Québec, Canada

Trenzado marks the return of Victor Quijada to the stage as a dancer. In a poetic way, the work raises the question of what it is to be from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

In Trenzado, American citizen of Mexican heritage and Canadian choreographer Victor Quijada revisits a certain nostalgia in order to push his creative language further. Built upon the themes of roots, boundaries, homeland and loss, the piece explores our physical and emotional limits when we face removal from home, lost connections, and reconstruction. It also addresses the hopes that come with starting new.

Shaped in 2 parts — a solo and a group piece — and centering around a demountable aluminum structure by visual artist Sylvain Baumann, Trenzado merges contemporary dance, theatre, and a strong aesthetic aspect to reveal an unusually vulnerable Quijada. True to its genesis, the production is set to original music by Jasper Gahunia — also present on stage — that reconfigures the traditional poignant Mexican musical genre of canto cardenche and deconstructs the norteño style (corrido and ranchera).

Trenzado is produced by RUBBERBAND and benefitted from a creation residency offered by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana, New York BAC and Danse à la Carte. The RBDG Intensive Development Lab (IDL) was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Grant. RUBBERBAND benefits from the support of Danse à la Carte, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Duration: 60 minutes

Credits

  • Choreography: Victor Quijada
  • Cast: Victor Quijada and company members
  • Scenography: Sylvain Baumann
  • Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan
  • Original music: Jasper Gahunia
  • Dramaturge: Mathieu Leroux

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Ever So Slightly

Territory represented: Québec, Canada

Victor Quijada is back, with ten dancer-athletes in top form. Ever So Slightly explores the behavioural mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressivity no longer have a place? Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, finesse, and high-voltage action, the choreographer conveys all the energy contained in urgency, revolt, chaos, and flight.

The premiere of Ever So Slightly took place in December 2018 at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, in Montréal.

Ever So Slightly is a co-production of RUBBERBAND, Danse Danse, Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, Théâtre Hector-Charland and World Music/CRASHarts. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

RUBBERBAND benefited from the support of Danse à la Carte and residencies at Place des Arts, Salle Pauline-Julien, CCOV — Centre de création O Vertigo and Théâtre Hector-Charland for the creation of Ever So Slightly.

  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • For 10 dancers and 2 musicians

Credits:

  • Choreography: Victor Quijada
  • Original cast: Amara Barner, Jean Bui, Daniela Jezerinac, Sydney McManus, Dana Pajarillaga, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Jerimy Rivera, Zack Tang, Ryan Taylor, and Paco Ziel, with the participation of Jasper Gahunia and violinist William Lamoureux
  • Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan
  • Original music: Jasper Gahunia
  • Costume design: Cloé Alain-Gendreau
  • Dramaturge: Mathieu Leroux
  • Production director: Florence Cardinal
  • Technical director: Simon Cloutier

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Vic’s Mix

Territory represented: Québec, Canada

Fruit of a unique mutation between classical ballet and 1990s West-Coast Hip Hop, RUBBERBANDance Group defies the boundaries of contemporary dance contemporary boundaries with its singular, urban language.

Vic’s Mix plunges into choreographer Victor Quijada’s blazing trail of creativity to extract illuminating breakthroughs in his experiments. Theatricality and eclecticism are what will guide spectators through this sometimes humorous, sometimes serious whirlwind, in which each tableau expresses the essence of the RUBBERBAND Method.

A reflection of the freedom and openness of the ebullient Montréal dance scene in the last fifteen years, Vic’s Mix is sure to surprise by the stylistic breadth of its various segments.

  • 8 danseurs
  • 75 minutes

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RUBBERBAND

Territory represented: Québec, Canada

Victor Quijada and RUBBERBAND have not only redefined breakdance codes within an institutional context and enlivened the Quebec dance scene, but have opened the way for new creators fascinated by this dance form. Armed with a technique he conceived for dancers, the RUBBERBAND Method — an electrifying vocabulary combining the energy of Hip Hop, the refinement of classical ballet, and the angular quality of contemporary dance — and some 40 creations and collaborations in Canada and abroad behind him, Victor Quijada has always continued to evolve and innovate throughout his prolific career.

Founded in 2002 by Victor Quijada, RUBBERBAND immediately imposed itself in Canada and abroad as an explosive one-of-a-kind troupe. In its very first year of activity, RUBBERBAND brought well-honed forms that deconstructed several principles of urban dance to the stage of Tangente. The company’s work quickly won over audiences and critics: in its end-of-season review, the Montréal daily Le Devoir included both Tender Loving Care and Hasta La Próxima in its pick of the five best dance productions of the year.

A second creation cycle followed in 2003 when the company presented Reflections on Movement Particles with the support of Théâtre de L’L in Brussels and the MAI in Montréal. The same year, RUBBERBAND presented Elastic Perspective, a grouping of pieces which highlighted the choreographer’s ability to exploit the rebellious aspect of Hip Hop and the richness of narrative movement. This work toured for six years and was performed more than a hundred times.

In 2004, Usine C hosted Quijada and his dancers in a residency which resulted in Slicing Static, a work that was named best dance production of the year by the Montréal cultural weekly, Hour (now Cult MTL). The following year, Anne Plamondon joined Quijada as artistic co-director and occupied this position until 2015. Also in 2005, the company performed in Japan, representing Canada at Expo 2005. RBDG’s renown continued to increase after that and touring opportunities multiplied, with as many performances in the United States as in Canada, along with frequent tours to Holland, Belgium, and England, where, among other works, sHip sHop Shape Shifting (2005) was presented.

From 2007 to 2011, the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts hosted RUBBERBAND in a residency. Four new works were created during that period: Punto Ciego (2008), AV Input/Output (2008), Loan Sharking (2009), and Gravity of Center (2011). During this period, the company gave an average of 40 performances annually.

Lecture-demonstrations were developed and instituted as cultural mediation activities following the presentation of each new work. The sessions have been highly successful among presenters who take advantage of this tool to develop their audiences. In parallel, the company supports the emerging generation of dancers by mentoring and through initiatives such as the Post-Hip-Hop Project, which, in its three successive editions, gave some twenty young artists from the hip-hop scene a first experience of creation and dissemination in a professional framework.

In 2013, RUBBERBAND presented Empirical Quotient, giving six dancers the opportunity to prove themselves in a complex, very physically demanding choreography — a demonstrable culmination of the RUBBERBAND Method. In 2016, the company brought Vic’s Mix to the stage, a work composed of highlights from its repertoire, a kind of “best-of” encapsulating the organization’s sizzling trajectory from its beginnings.

Along with its many short pieces and special projects, RUBBERBAND has staged 14 full-length productions, tours intensively in Quebec and the rest of Canada, and presents its works on a regular basis in several European countries, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Since 2017, the troupe has comprised nine dancers from diverse backgrounds. Currently, RUBBERBAND is touring locally and internationally with Vic’s Mix and is adapting City Threads, its outdoor ambulatory piece for 40 dancers, for presentation in a number of cities.

In 2018, Ever So Slightly is the beginning of a new creative chapter for Victor Quijada. The world-premiere of this explosive work was presented at Danse Danse. The ten dancer-athletes and the 2 Live musicians explore the energy contained in urgency, revolt, chaos, and flight.

Victor Quijada, Artistic Director and Choregrapher

Born and raised in Los Angeles, the child of Mexican parents, Victor first danced in the b-boying circles and hip-hop clubs of his native city. He trained with Rudy Perez from 1994 to 1996, then moved to New York City to join THARP! After spending three years with that company and following a stint with Ballets Tech, in 1999, he came to Montréal to join Les Grands Ballets canadiens in 2000.

In 2002, he founded RUBBERBAND, throwing himself into deconstructing the choreographic principles he had learned by blending them with the raw ideology of his street dance origins. His creations — numerous short works and 14 full-length productions — are distinguished by a powerful theatricality, the energy of improvisation, and certain codes of film language, the whole sculpted with an incomparable precision of movement.

For several years now, Victor has taught the RUBBERBAND Method throughout the world in workshops and internships for many dance companies, dance schools, and universities, as well as on a yearly basis in RBDG’s workshop for professional dancers; at the Académie du Domaine Forget in Charlevoix every summer; and in his classes at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California (USC). As guest choreographer, he has created new works for dance and circus companies; notably in return commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Besides his stage productions, Victor has been involved in almost a dozen dance films, as director, choreographer, or dramaturge. His short film, Hasta La Próxima, was a finalist at the American Choreography Awards in 2004. He also choreographed the music videos Man I Used to Be by k-os, La garde by Alexandre Désilets, and Elton John’s Blue Wonderful. His Gravity of Center — the Movie won Best Experimental Short at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival of 2012, among other awards, and was shown at several exhibitions and national and international festivals.

In the area of peer recognition, Victor Quijada was artist-in-residence at Usine C (2004) and at Place des Arts (2007-2011), and has won many awards, including Britain’s National Dance Award for Outstanding Modern Repertory (2003), the Bonnie Bird North American Award (2003, U.K.), the Peter Darrell Choreography Award (2003, U.K.), the International Touring Award of the Canadian Dance Alliance (2012), and two awards from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (Choreography Fellowship, 2010; Work in Progress Residency, 2016).

In December 2017, Victor Quijada received the award for cultural diversity at the Prix de la danse de Montréal.

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