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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

Agent (Québec, Canada)

Agent (Festivals Québec, Canada)

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

Agent (Québec, Canada)

Agent (Festivals Québec, Canada)

RUBBERBANDance Group

Territory represented: Québec, Canada

Founded in 2002 by Victor Quijada, RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) immediately imposed itself in Canada and abroad as an explosive one-of-a-kind troupe. In its very first year of activity, RBDG 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, RBDG 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 (2006) was presented.

From 2007 to 2011, the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts hosted RBDG in a residency. Four new works were created during that period: Loan Sharking (2007), AV Input/Output (2008), Punto Ciego (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, RBDG 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. Vic’s Mix is highly populr ever since. In 2018, Victor Quijada created for RUBBERBAND its most ambitious work, Ever So Slightly for 10 dancers and 2 musiciens. This spectacular show is a turning point for the company.

Along with its many short pieces and special projects, RUBBERBANDance Group 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, RBDG is touring locally and internationally with Vic’s Mix, Ever So Slightly and is adapting City Threads, its outdoor ambulatory piece for 40 dancers, for presentation in a number of cities.

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