A chance meeting in an airport gives long-lost lovers an opportunity for reconciliation. The fruit of the company’s second collaboration with director René-Pierre Bélanger, the choreography, danced to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, was commissioned as a work for the screen to honour the inaugural performance of Kent Nagano as the new conductor of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra.
Départ premiered as part of “La symphonie éclatée – Bienvenue, Maestro!” in September 2006.
The sole survivor of a tactical unit is haunted by guilt, when a covert operation goes wrong.
Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score for Romeo & Juliet, Secret Servicewas created for the stage in 2002 and adapted for film in 2007. In the film version, Victor Quijada focusses on the characters’ back-stories, which were the initial inspiration for the choreographic work. This stunning success was Victor Quijada’s second venture as a director.
The camera follows five characters who have encountered each other in the wake of unspecified natural and economic disasters. Across remote landscapes, they remain dependent on each other for safety and survival, their need for individualism sublimated by reliance on the group. Through a visceral physicality, five world-class dancers embody animal instinct and dignity in this striking film.
Gravity of Center was nominated for Best Experimental Short at the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival and won Best Experimental Short and the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. It has been presented at a number of other film festivals in North America.
In striking black and white, a woman breaks free of the physical and psychological ties of a stifling relationship. In his directorial debut, Victor Quijada, under the mentorship of director Micah Meisner, adapted an excerpt from the full-length work, Slicing Static. Original music by Mitchell Akiyama mirrors the bell motif in this tango-inspired duet. With stunning simplicity, the piece subtly shifts into trompe-l’œil camera effects to heighten the dramatic development.
Small Explosions That Are Yours to Keep was created in 2007.
An office skyscraper is the setting for this dance film about love, loss, and the psychic connection between lovers, conjuring up images of the morning of September 11. Originally presented as a 30-minute live stage production of the same name, the work was named best dance production of 2002 by Montreal newspaper Le Devoir. This duet was adapted for film in collaboration with director Mark Adam. It was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for a Short Film at the 2004 American Choreography Awards.