A change in the Board of Directors

IMG_0214After two years of serving on RUBBERBANDance Group’s board of directors, dancer and teacher Geneviève Guérard is passing on the torch. During her time on the board, Ms Guérard was an inestimably valuable resource for the company, and her dynamic, sparkling presence will be missed.

You can read Geneviève’s testimony in the book Miroir, miroir, by popular psychologist Dr. Stéphanie Léonard, in which several Quebec personalities offer touching experiences in interviews that illustrate our collective obsession with our bodies.

Benoit Labbé, président ; Geneviève Guérard, secrétaire ; Charles Morgan, vice-président ; Lulu Brenner, trésorière ; Victor Quijada et Anne Plamondon, co-directeurs artistiques. Absente de la photo : Mme Nicole Doucet, administratrice © RUBBERBANDance Group

Mélanie Joly, the new Canadian Heritage minister

RBDG would like to congratulate Ms. Mélanie Joly for her appointment as cabinet minister for Canadian Heritage. We are familiar with Ms. Joly’s interest in art and culture, notably through her participation in the Danse Danse Mekanic benefit gala in 2014. She collaborated closely with Victor Quijada in mounting the production, and even danced with our performers!

Lisa Davies et Mélanie Joly © Emily Gan

RBDG in the studio

RUBBERBANDance Group is in the studio at the present time preparing the upcoming creation. We are also taking advantage of this period to get to know our new dancers and to give our aspiring and apprentice dancers the opportunity to master the RUBBERBAND Method.

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Les 7 Doigts de la Main + ezdanza + BODYTRAFFIC: Victor Quijada’s choreographies acclaimed

During two sold-out weeks, Triptyque by circus company Les 7 doigts de la main was a resounding success. Presented at the TOHU in October, this blend of circus arts and contemporary dance involved three members of Groupe RUBBERBANDance: Victor Quijada, who choreographed Variations 9.81; Anne Plamondon, who partnered with Samuel Tétrault in a piece choreographed by Marie Chouinard; and Franklin Luy, who demonstrated his circus skills in Victor’s work.

In October, Perpetua by the Mexican company ezdanza was reprised in Mexico City. Created in 2014, this unique creation blended the artistic visions of three choreographers of Mexican origin, one of whom was Victor Quijada.

Finally, the californian company BODYTRAFFIC just finished a tour that brought them to Jordan, Israel and Philadelphia. The show, critically acclaimed, featured Quijada’s choreography Once Again Before You and was danced, amongst others, by James Gregg, a RBDG dancer.

© Alexandre Galliez

Workshops in Valleyfield and Québec

RBDG continues to teach the RUBBERBAND Method in different parts of the province. Students at Collège de Valleyfield had the opportunity to discover the company’s work on Saturday, November 7, in a workshop given by Franklin Luy on the occasion of 24hdanse.

Anne Plamondon will give workshops in Quebec City in November and December and in Sherbrooke in February, in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la Danse. It is still possible to register here.

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Marilène Bastien, a Siminovitch protégé

We were pleased to learn that Siminovitch Prize winner Anick La Bissonnière selected set and costume designer Marilène Bastien, who has collaborated with RUBBERBANDance Group, as her protégé, a category intended to support emerging talent.

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Auditions notice

Square_auditions_16RUBBERBANDance Group is holding auditions on January 4 and 5, 2016, in Montreal (QC, Canada).

We are looking for male and female dancers for upcoming projects.

Application deadline : December 1st, 2015.

Please send your resume and demos at communications at rubberbandance dot com.

Collaborations with 7 doigts de la main and BODYTRAFFIC


Victor Quijada, artistic co-director of RUBBERBANDance Group, has been invited to choreograph one of the three segments of the new creation by circus company Les 7 doigts de la main; Marie Chouinard and Marcos Morau are the other invited choreographers. Triptyque, an exploration on the theme of gravity, will be presented from October 14 – 25, 2015, at the TOHU. You’ll also be able to see our artistic co-director, Anne Plamondon, and RBDG dancer Franklin Luy in this production. Triptyque is a coproduction between Les 7 doigts de la main, under an invitation of Daniel Soulières, and Sadler’s Wells (London), Thomas Lightburn (Vancouver), TOHU (Montréal), Albourne (Norwalk) and Danse-Cité (Montréal).

Los Angeles dance company BODYTRAFFIC, with whom Victor Quijada collaborated in 2014 in the creation of Once again, before you go, will tour the United States and Europe throughout the season to present this unique new work. Visit their website for performance dates.

© Alexandre Galliez

RQD workshops given by Anne Plamondon

RBDG_Workshop_075_photo-®Michael SlobodianAnne Plamondon will give two series of workshops centred on the RUBBERBAND Method, in Quebec City and in Sherbrooke. The workshops explore the basics of this method developed by Victor Quijada, and are inspired by RUBBERBANDance Group internships intended to prepare dancers for the demands of Victor Quijada’s choreographies. Organized by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), this training program is offered to dance professionals for the low fee of $7 per class. The workshop will run from November 30 to December 11 in Quebec City and from February 17 – 25 in Sherbrooke.

© Michael Slobodian