Audition Notice!

RUBBERBANDance Group is holding auditions for men and women on January 3 and 4, 2015. Auditions are by invitation through an application process.

Please submit your CV and visual material to Alexandre Escure, our Communications Officer – communications@rubberbandance.com – by November 28, 2014. Candidates selected for live auditions in Montreal will be contacted with further details.

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Cinquième Salle – 10 years !

10 years of programming at Cinquieme Salle!

Big shout out to the visionary former director Michel Gagnon; for all he accomplished while he was he there at Place des Arts! Read the article of Voir here.

Domaine Forget

RUBBERBANDance Group is pleased to be returning to Domaine Forget for the third consecutive year, from June 29 to July 12, to share its experience, skills, and expertise with young representatives of the upcoming generation of dancers.

Quebec message for International Dance Day

Anne Plamondon, our artistic co-director, was this year’s spokesperson, along with Marc Boivin, for the Québec Danse event.
For the occasion, she wrote the Quebec message for International Dance Day.

Here is Anne’s text:

When the Regroupement québécois de la danse suggested I write Quebec’s message for the 32nd anniversary of International Dance Day, I accepted without hesitation. I was then seized by worry and doubt—a sort of inner conflict and dilemma. Which part of me as a female artist—the performer, choreographer, teacher, artistic director, mother and spouse—could best talk about dance? The answer was clearly the dancer. For as long as I can remember, the dancer has been with me. She has captured my heart and soul, directed my steps and influenced my decisions, passions and loves.

I’ve learned everything I know from dance. It has guided me throughout my life. It is both my reason for being and my way of being in the world—my way of thinking about life and expressing it through the poetry of the dancing body. Dance and I have developed a special relationship, filled with mystery, the desire to excel, sometimes misunderstandings and frustration, but mostly discovery and mutual recognition.

Dance chose me and, through persistent work and training, I became one of its unique ambassadors, along with so many others. We are thousands of dancers, men and women, who understand the codes and recognize the moods, whims, traditions and advances of this art form.

It is our tradition every year to celebrate dance as an art that both inhabits and surpasses us. Today I would like to break with tradition by paying tribute to the dancers through whom dance comes to life, takes form, becomes a work, and is communicated through moments of grace and sometimes ecstasy. The dancers who share their meditative, languorous and exuberant energy with others and with the audience.

I love more than anything the dancer in me, my sisters and brothers in the studio and on stage—those with whom I daily share the beauty and demands of this performing art. An art that is little spoken about, whose skills and inventions, so clearly manifested through the dancer’s body, are rarely praised. And how to explain the mysterious, often loving relationship that develops between a dancer and choreographer around a work that is taking form . . .

Despite the difficulties, constraints and paradoxes of this profession, I wish from the depths of my dancer’s soul that its technical, aesthetic and ethical requirements will continue to be respected, valued and handed down to future generations.

This is the desire I would like to express on International Dance Day—a desire that is much greater than me, and yet so firmly rooted in the dancer’s body.

MEKANIC: fundraiser event held by Danse Danse

RUBBERBANDance Group is proud to be taking part in MEKANIC, the upcoming fundraiser event held by Danse Danse.

Danse Danse is the most important player in the contemporary dance scene in Quebec, fulfilling an essential role in the dance milieu and among Montreal dance fans.

This event – not to be missed under any pretext – will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in the SID LEE studio located at 8 Queen St., Old Montreal, at 8 p.m. sharp.

Victor Quijada is the conceptor of the evening program, in collaboration with the SID LEE collective, who will offer a glimpse of their creation process.

Buy your ticket here.  

Your contributions will support two initiatives at the heart of the Danse Danse mission:

Get Youth into Dance

Started in 2005, this program gives young people the opportunity to see free performances in the Danse Danse series. The aim is to bring them an awareness and an appreciation of contemporary dance and movement. The targeted clientele are adolescents (14 to 17 years old) recruited mainly from among youth in difficulty and/or from low-income backgrounds.

Carte Blanche

Launched in 2006, the Carte Blanche program fosters creation by emerging local choreographers at strategic moments of their careers by offering them residencies and directly investing co-production shares in an artistic production. The objective of fund-raising events is to give artists increased development possibilities that enable them to create new works.

Danse Danse will place part of the donations in an endowment fund in the fund-matching program of the Placement Culture section of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Summer session 2014 @ Domaine Forget

JUNE 29 TO JULY 12 2014

RUBBERBAND METHOD
Inspired by the fusion of techniques and styles, RBDG proposes a two-week intensive that maintains solid ballet foundation, yet drives the dancers to be versatile in new contemporary dance tendencies. Participants become shape shifting escape artists, and connect contemporary, classical, and urban practices through a unique hybrid of these forms.

This two week program is specially designed for serious intermediate advanced or professional dance students aged 15 years old or older.

This intensive training session provides young dancers an exceptional opportunity of living a rich and unique experience with internationally renowned dancers.

DOMAINE FORGET
Le Domaine Forget is first and foremost an International Music and Dance Academy for young students and future professionals. It is recognized internationally for its pedagogical excellence. Nestled in the heights of Charlevoix but only a few steps from the St. Lawrence River, le Domaine Forget offers an exceptional setting conducive to creativity and artistic practice, far from the madding crowd.

Registration procedures:
http://domaineforget.com/en/1/stages/dance

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Creation Grant

Victor Quijada received a National Dance Project creation grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to carry out a choreography commission for BODYTRAFFIC.

This creation will take shape during the 2014 – 2015 season.

50th anniversary celebration of Place des Arts

During the fall, we performed at the Maisonneuve Danse event for the 50th anniversary celebration of Place des Arts and moved into our new offices.

We would like to warmly thank all those who helped make these projects possible, as well as everyone who came to see our latest creation, Quotient Empirique.

Keep an eye on the website for the touring schedule for this work, soon to be announced.