Victor Quijada

Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer /DancerVictor Quijada sept13 © Michael Slobodian

A wide range of early performance experiences led Victor Quijada to Montreal, a city he now calls home. From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with internationally-acclaimed postmodern and ballet dance companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, by age 26, Victor was recognized as a magnetic and expansive dancer. He had gained a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance, possessing knowledge and experience that spanned from the street corner to the concert hall.

Pursuing his impulse to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor created his dance company, RUBBERBANDance Group, in 2002. Since then, he has created over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and as commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, and in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. His work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film.

Victor has been commissioned to create works for companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Met, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, Transitions Dance Company, and twice each for Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Scottish Dance Theatre.

With over a dozen film credits to his name, Victor has acted as choreographer, director, and dramaturge. He has collaborated with directors Micah Meisner, Mark Adam, and René-Pierre Bélanger in film and television productions, and with musicians k-os and Alexandre Désilets on music videos. Quijada’s Hasta La Prόxima was a 2004 finalist in the American Choreography Awards, his choreography in k-os’s Man I Used to Be music video won at the 2005 Choreography Media Honors, and his most recent film, Gravity of Center, won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Victor Quijada received the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. In 2005 he was highlighted as one of Canada’s hottest performance artists in the documentary series, Freedom. From 2007 to 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.

© Photo by Michael Slobodian