We are extremely proud to announce that after his Choreography Fellowship Award from the Princess Grace Foundation USA, Victor Quijada gets a second recognition from the PGF with the 2016 Work in Progress Residency Award!
We are very happy to announce that aspiring dancer Jean Bui has been promoted to apprentice dancer within the company. We hope he’ll be with us for a long time.
Until September 11, 2016, you’ll have an opportunity to see a short film by RBDG at the new Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre in Montreal, part of the exhibition Danser à Montréal, un hommage à Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck, curated by Marie Lavorel. Presented in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse, the exhibition traces the history of dance in Quebec based on the writings of Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck.
For the fifth consecutive year, RBDG had the privilege of offering its workshop for professional dancers at Domaine Forget. From July 3 to 17, dozens of dancers from diverse horizons learned some elements of the RUBBERBAND Method by its creators and by the company’s team of dancers.
On June 7, RUBBERBANDance Group participated in the GRANDE PREMIÈRE DES FUTURES ÉTOILES de la Fondation de la Place des Arts, under the artistic direction of Angèle Dubeau. A record amount of $550,000. was raised. Since 2011, this annual event helps finance activities carried out by the Société de la Place des Arts to broaden access to the performing arts and to support artistic creation.
It’s been a very busy few months at RUBBERBANDance Group! The creation team began three new productions: you’ll learn more about them in subsequent newsletters. Also, three new members joined our administrative team: Jean-Philippe Lortie, assistant to the directors, Florence Cardinal, production director, and Mathieu Leroux, communications director. We warmly welcome them! As these additions made it a bit crowded, we needed to move to more spacious premises. Our new address is: 859 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Suite 202, Montreal.
The premiere of RBDG’s newest work, Vic’s Mix, took place on June 3 at Festival DansEncore in Trois-Rivières. The production has set off on the roads of Quebec and the United States for this summer and autumn, and for the 2016-2017 season. Look for performance dates in your area!
RUBBERBANDance 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.
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
Anne 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
Fannie Bellefeuille, general director of RUBBERBANDance Group, will attend the Canadian Dance Assembly’s national conference on September 28 and 29 in Toronto. This gathering of Canadian dance companies and personalities will focus on ways that companies can thrive during tough economic times, highlighting successful, innovative solutions.
Several current or former RBDG dancers will perform in Montreal dance productions this season. Among others, Jean Bui can be seen at Agora de la danse in Situations by George Stamos. At Tangente, Paco Ziel will be on stage in Danses Buissonnières, and Axelle Munezero and Handy Yacinthe will present their respective choreographies, Phase 1 and Myocarditis, in a double program.
© Michael Slobodian
RUBBERBANDance Group welcomes Sophie Croteau to its ranks, as communications director and assistant director of the company. Sophie worked for a number of years in the Montreal theatre and festival milieus, acting as communications director of the St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival and the Montreal BD Festival (graphic novels/comics), among others. She is presently preparing her first solo dance work, Illustrated Lady, and has collaborated in a recent issue of Urbania magazine (“Spécial Canada”).
Following Paul Tanguay’s announcement of his retirement, we would like to include some thoughts regarding our fruitful collaboration with him over the years.
Indeed, Paul has been a principal force in the strengthening of RBDG’s presence on the international dance scene.
Victor Quijada and Paul Tanguay first met at the ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) showcase in New York City when Punto Ciego was being presented in 2007. Paul, who was representing Marie Chouinard and other companies on that occasion, was strongly impressed by the piece.
Victor quite naturally turned to Paul in 2010 when RUBBERBANDance Group was looking for a person who understood the importance of developing the company internationally, asking him to guide the company’s efforts in this direction.
On behalf of the whole team, Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon warmly thank Paul Tanguay for all the energy he dedicated to RBDG over the last five years, and wish him a fulfilling retirement.
RUBBERBANDance Group welcomes Élisabeth Comtois of Agence Station Bleue, who will henceforth represent the company in Canada, and Brent Belsher, our new agent for Europe and Asia (see contact information at the bottom of the page).
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR OUR AGENTS:
AGENCE STATION BLEUE
Tel.: 514 529-0139
Europe + Asia:
202-501 Pacific Street
Tel.: 604 669-4969
Tel.: 212 278-8111 ext 3422