Rebel bodies

982045Described by the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City as “an invitation to discover contemporary dance as a universal language,” the exhibition Rebel bodies opened yesterday.

RUBBERBANDance Group is proud to announce that Victor Quijada is one of the eminent Quebec-based choreographer/dancers chosen to incarnate the six themes of the exposition. Using video and other technology, this immersive, interactive meeting with dance is exuberantly expressed in movement and in words by Victor Quijada (the urban body), Margie Gillis (the natural body), France Geoffroy (the atypical body), Daniel Léveillé (the political body), Louise Lecavalier (the virtuoso body), and Martine Époque and Denis Poulin (the multi-body).

Trafó!

IMG_0024Empirical Quotient was presented in Budapest, Hungary, on February 26 and 27; we invite you to look at the poster that was done for that occasion! RUBBERBANDance Group is going on to Aachen, Germany, to perform the work from March 5-8, and will also give a workshop on March 7.

Appointment of Victor Quijada

RUBBERBANDance Group is proud to announce that its founder and artistic co-director, Victor Quijada, has been selected as artist in residence by the USC Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles, California. Victor is the only Quebecer (or Canadian) to have been invited to join the school’s faculty, made up of renowned dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors.

For more informations, please read the Press Release.

Domaine Forget 2015!

danceFor the fourth consecutive year, RUBBERBANDance Group is in residency at Domaine Forget!

For more informations, click here. Application deadline: February 15, 2015.

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.