Triptyque

The acceleration of gravity has the value of 9.81 m/s2. The equilibrist seems to defy the forces that work on the body. But gravity, like time, is incessant. As the body rises high, it is at its most vulnerable. Time moves forward; our stories unfold. Our intertwining paths pull together and pull apart; And the forces that bind us together are strong, but can be broken.

Samuel Tétreault, co-founder and co-artistic director of Les 7 doigts de la main, has teamed up with three choreographers to create a piece that explores what can happen when dance and circus arts meet. Combining body fluidity, acrobatic genius and the language of choreography, this performance is made up of three works that incorporate the creative universes of contemporary dance icons.

Les 7 doigts de la main translates literally as “the 7 fingers of the hand”. It is a twist on a French idiom (“the five fingers of the hand”) used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination towards one common goal. Here it refers to the 7 founding directors of the company (Isabelle Chassé, Shana Carroll, Patrick Léonard, Faon Shane, Gypsy Snider, Sébastien Soldevila et Samuel Tétreault) who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.

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). It was presented for the first time at the TOHU in Montreal (CAN), in October 2015.

Length

110 minutes

Credits

Artistic direction : Samuel Tétreault

Choreographers and directors : Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada, Marcos Morau, Samuel Tétreault, Isabelle Chassé

Music : Louis Dufort, Jasper Gahunia, Nans Bortuzzo

Lightings : Yan Lee Chan

Costumes designers : Liz Vandal, Camille Thibault-Bédard

© Photo by Alexandre Galliez

Décortiquer

Description to come

Décortiquer was presented for the first time with the Dance department of UQAM at the Studio de l’Agora de la danse in Montréal (CA) in December 2014.

Lenght

To come

Credits

Choreography : Victor Quijada
Assistant : Zachary Tang
Rehersal : Lea Ved
Music : Jasper Gahunia
Lighting design : Yan Lee Chan
Costume design : Denis Lavoie

© Photo by Nathalie St-Pierre

Perpetua

PERPETUA gives name to this constant cycle of life and death, lament and rejoice. It belongs to all humans and here it is defined by the voices of those directly and indirectly marked by the current cycles of Mexico. Three choreographers. Three voices. One heritage.

ezdanza is an ensemble of talented dancers that perform the work of Mexican-born choreographer, Edgar Zendejas. The choreographic works he creates are lush, expressive, beautiful poems in movement. The company of six dancers offers a wide variety of performance and residency activities. Company members teach in many styles including modern techniques, ballet, jazz, composition, repertory, improvisation and yoga. Although the company’s teaching is focused toward the dance professional, company members are skilled and experienced at teaching all levels and ages from children to senior adult.

Perpetua was presented for the first time with ezdanza at the Sala Miguel Covarrubias in Mexico (MX) in October 2014.

Lenght

20 minutes

Credits

To come

© Photo by Yan Lassalle

Once again, before you go

Victor’s work is known for eloquently re-imagining, de-constructing, applying choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, and examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics.

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the young company is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work.

Once again, before you go was presented for the first time with BODYTRAFFIC at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe (US) in January 2014.

Lenght

20 minutes

Credits

Choreography: Victor Quijada

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Costume Design: Leon Wiebers and BODYTRAFFIC

© Photo by Grant Halverson

Enter Woven

Enter Woven examines the push and pull of the environment we live in. It brings into focus the causal effect of our interconnected relationships. In this piece, the atmosphere is palpable; limbs reach out to cut and carve through the ether. Individuals join and compress against each other. Their bodies form architectures. These structures shift, and individuals shift over, under, and through one another. We watch as their stories intertwine, detach, reconnect, and transform.

Among the world’s top contemporary dance companies and a global cultural ambassador, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago demonstrates fluency in a wide range of techniques and forms, and deep comprehension of abstract artistry and emotional nuance. The company is critically acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, featuring works by master American and international choreographers. Hubbard Street’s 18 artists hail from four countries and 12 U.S. states, and comprise a superlative ensemble of virtuosity and versatility. Since its founding by Lou Conte in 1977, Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms. Each is dedicated to the support and advancement of dance as an art form, as a practice, and as a method for generating and sustaining communities of all kinds.

Enter Woven was presented for the first time with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the MCA’s intimate Edlis Neeson Theater as part of Princess Grace Awards: New Works in Chicago (US) in December 2014.

Lenght

30 minutes

Credits

Choreography : Victor Quijada

Music : Jasper Gahunia

Lighting Design : Burke Brown

Costume Design : Marilène Bastien

With : Jacqueline Burnett, Alicia Delgadillo, Kellie Epperheimer, Emilie Leriche, Jane Rehm, Jessica Tong, Jesse Bechard, Jonathan Fredrickson, Michael Gross, Jason Hortin, Johnny McMillan, Andrew Murdock, and Kevin J. Shannon

© Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Second Coming

Heavily influenced by the Los Angeles street-dance culture Quijada grew up in, Second Coming is an exclusive commission for Scottish Dance Theatre’s powerful dancers that sets his world–acclaimed breaking style to Jasper Gahunia‘s (AKA DJ Lil’ Jaz) turntablist soundscape: Beethoven, beats and breaks. The different sections the dancers perform reflect Quijada’s different experiences growing up surrounded by the break dancing battle of Los Angeles. Sections range from complex group work to intimate duets and sections that are very funny.

Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company and is part of Dundee Rep Theatre. SDT is one the three key elements that enable Dundee Rep Theatre Company Ltd to achieve the objectives set out in its mission statement “To provide a performing arts service of the highest quality for the city of Dundee and Tayside Region”. SDT also has a national remit and an ambassadorial role, touring throughout Britain and beyond.

Second Coming was presented for the first time with the Scottish Dance Theatre at the Dundee Rep in Dundee (UK) in February 2013.

Lenght

45 minutes

Credits

Choreography : Victor Quijada

Music : Jasper Gahunia

Costume design : Anna Fleischle

Lighting design : Yan Lee Chan

© Photo by Maria Falconer

Mating Theory

Beyond obvious hints in the title, Mating Theory concerns the melding of ideas, disciplines and genres – the combining of collaborative visions – and the result of those pairings. Victor Quijada shares his RUBBERBAND movement method and signature vocabulary with the dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet, and through improvisational tasks, searches to find the creative union between the choreographer and the interpreter.

Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became artistic director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, artistic directors since 1977. The Company of nearly fifty dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob’s Pillow and in New York City and Washington DC. Enriching lives in the Pacific Northwest, considered a national treasure and acclaimed worldwide, PNB epitomizes excellence in the performing arts.

Mating Theory was presented for the first time with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle (US) in March 2012.

Lenght

To come

Credits

Choreography: Victor Quijada

Staging: Anne Plamondon

Music: Jasper Gahunia

Costume design: Mark Zappone

Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan

© Photo by Angela Sterling

Physikal Linguistiks

PHYSIKAL LINGUISTIKS, the first work created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago by 2010 Princess Grace Awards Winner and RUBBERBANDance Group Victor Quijada, examines the overlapping dialogues that exist between the performers, their environment, the spectator, and the theatrical event. His work utilizes a unique style of movement that is influenced by his experiences in classical, contemporary, and urban cultures. In a parallel process, collaborating composer Jasper Gahunia has created a score that is also influenced by classical and urban tendencies. Victor has introduced new movement vocabulary to Hubbard Street’s classically trained dancers and has worked with them to discover the best methods for approaching it.

Among the world’s top contemporary dance companies and a global cultural ambassador, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago demonstrates fluency in a wide range of techniques and forms, and deep comprehension of abstract artistry and emotional nuance. The company is critically acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, featuring works by master American and international choreographers. Hubbard Street’s 18 artists hail from four countries and 12 U.S. states, and comprise a superlative ensemble of virtuosity and versatility. Since its founding by Lou Conte in 1977, Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms. Each is dedicated to the support and advancement of dance as an art form, as a practice, and as a method for generating and sustaining communities of all kinds.

Physikal Linguistiks was presented for the first time with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago (US) in September 2010.

Lenght

To come

Credits

Music : Jasper Gahunia

Choreography : Victor Quijada

Costume design : Rebecca Shouse

Lighting design : Yan Lee Chan

 © Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Impending Savour Assessment

Description to come

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official State Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. After 85 years, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Impending Savour Assessment was presented for the first time as part of Sheer Exhilaration for the Atlanta Ballet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta (US) in May 2010.

Length

To come

Credits

To come

Antidote

Victor Quijada’s initial intention was to choreograph a set of vignettes that would project the feeling of being somewhere else in time and space – scenes of a ritual from another dimension and moments of futuristic coupling games.

Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, a junior ballet company, gives the opportunity to aspiring dancers who have finished their training at l’École supérieure, to live their first experience as company members in a structured and professional environment. As there are less and less companies today able to train apprentices, The Jeune ballet du Québec serves as a precious link between professional training and future employment in a recognized dance company. The Jeune Ballet du Québec is a perfect launching pad for a serious career in dance.

Antidote was presented for the first time with the Jeune Ballet du Québec at the Grand chapiteau of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in August, 2006.

Lenght

To come

Crédits

Music : Mitchell Akiyama

Choreography : Victor Quijada

With : Jeune Ballet du Québec

Suspension of Disbelief

For over a decade I have been developing a truly unique movement language. As an invited choreographer, I have put this new idiom through its paces with several companies in the U.S. and Europe, and I have seen it mature through working with my own company, Rubberbandance Group. I work with a fusion of classical, contemporary, and urban dance experiences, to explore human relations while searching to re-invent the way we experience live performance. I believe that my work will gently push both the PNB dancers and public out their habitual comfort zones. I am excited to introduce my vision to PBN and to its Seattle audience, who I think will find it refreshing and inspiring.

Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became artistic director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, artistic directors since 1977. The Company of nearly fifty dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob’s Pillow and in New York City and Washington DC. Enriching lives in the Pacific Northwest, considered a national treasure and acclaimed worldwide, PNB epitomizes excellence in the performing arts.

Suspension of Disbelief was presented for the first time as part of All Premiere for the Pacific Northwest Ballet at the McCaw Hall in Seattle (US) in November 2006.

Length

To come

Credits

Music : Mitchell Akiyama

Choreography : Victor Quijada

Costume Design : Mark Zappone

Lighting Design : Yan Lee Chan

Conductor : Stewart Kershaw

With : Lindsi Dec, Chalnessa Eames, Maria Chapman, Rachel Foster, Noelani Pantastico, Taurean Green, Benjamin Griffiths, James Moore, Jonathan Porretta, Lucien Postlewaite and Olivier Wevers.

© Photo by Angela Sterling

Soft Watching the First Implosion

Description to come

Soft Watching the First Implosion was presented for the first time as part of a Peter Boal & company show at the Joyce Theatre in New York City (US) in March 2005.

Length

To come

Credits

To come

I said no, but you forgot

Description to come

Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings heightening the impact on audiences. We are dedicated to sharing our art and exposing it to a diverse audience not otherwise afforded the opportunity. Our work is a celebration of outstanding artists and designers collaborating on works which have a contemporary relevance and resonance. We are devoted to supporting the creation of new choreographic works and musical scores and to their performance with other contemporary works onstage as well as in film. We utilize the intimate and interactive settings of the rehearsal studio, educational classroom and the theater to share our creative process.

I said no, but you forgot was presented for the first time as part of Dare to feel for the Chamber Dance Project at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City (US) in December 2007.

Length

To come

Credits

To come

Bowery Poetry Club, Et Al.

Description to come

Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings heightening the impact on audiences. We are dedicated to sharing our art and exposing it to a diverse audience not otherwise afforded the opportunity. Our work is a celebration of outstanding artists and designers collaborating on works which have a contemporary relevance and resonance. We are devoted to supporting the creation of new choreographic works and musical scores and to their performance with other contemporary works onstage as well as in film. We utilize the intimate and interactive settings of the rehearsal studio, educational classroom and the theater to share our creative process.

Bowery Poetry Club, Et Al. was presented for the first time with the Chamber Dance Project at the Symphony Space in New York City (US) in 2003.

Length

To come

Credits

To come

Three Trees Hugging

Description to come

Transitions Dance Company is a leading student training company, a space for choreographic experimentation and a touring programme of dance rolled into one. It combines the best young dance performers of their generation with innovative choreographers working around the world to create surprising, inventive and accessible dance for everyone to enjoy.

Three Trees Hugging was presented for the first time as part of Transitions’ 2004 for the Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre in London, UK in 2004 

Length

To come

Credits

Choreography: Victor Quijada

Music: Mitchell Akiyama (Intr-version)

Costume Design: Lisa Marie Trump

Lighting Design: Diego Pitarch/ Ross Cameron

With : Transitions Dance Company

© Photo by Lisa-Marie Trump