Départ

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.

 

Length

4 minutes

Credits

Director: René-Pierre Bélanger

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Performers: Victor Quijada, Anne Plamondon

Music: Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig Van Beethoven, performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Produced by Amérimage Spectra for Radio-Canada.

Secret Service

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 Service was 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.

 

Secret Service premiered at Dance Camera West in Los Angeles in June, 2008.

Length

7 minutes

Credits

Conception and direction: Victor Quijada

Choreography: Victor Quijada

Featuring: Joe-Danny Aurelien, Julio Cesar Hong, Louise Michel Jackson, Victor Quijada, and Anne Plamondon

Cinematography: Chris Stacey, Marlon Paul

Editing: Chris Stacey

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Produced by Natalie Galazka, and RUBBERBANDance Group. With generous support from Bravo!FACT.

Gravity of Center – The movie

Gravity of Center is a short-film adaptation of Victor Quijada‘s full-length work for RUBBERBANDance Group.

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.

Gravity of Center premiered at 2012 Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan in May, 2012.

 

Length

15 minutes

 

Credits

Concept and direction: Thibaut Duverneix and Victor Quijada

Choreography: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Elon Höglund, Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Daniel Mayo, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada

Cinematography: Christophe Collette

Composer: Jasper Gahunia

Produced by Natalie Galazka, Sach Baylin-Stern, RUBBERBANDance Group, and ANTLER Films.

With generous support from Bravo!FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, Société de la Place des Arts de Montreal, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

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Small Explosions That Are Yours to Keep

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.

 

Length

8 minutes

Credits

Concept, direction and choreography: Victor Quijada

Co-director and mentor: Micah Meisner

Featuring: Anne Plamondon and Kevin Turner

Composer: Mitchell Akiyama (Intr_version Records)

Cinematography: Simon Shohet

Produced by Natalie Galazka and RUBBERBANDance Group. With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Hasta La Próxima

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.

Hasta La Próxima was created in 2003.

Length

7 minutes

Credits

Director: Mark Adam

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Featuring: Diana Diaz, Jayko Eloï

Composer: Paolo Santos

Produced by Natalie Galazka and RUBBERBANDance Group. With support from BravoFACT!