Vic’s Mix

The fruit of a unique meeting between classical ballet and 1990s West-Coast Hip Hop, for the past fifteen years, RUBBERBANDance Group has been redrawing the boundaries of contemporary dance with its singular language.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, Vic’s Mix spans the immense creative territory of Victor Quijada, extracting a number of jewels from the choreographer’s repertoire. Remixing his own work and orchestrating the clash of urban pop and classical composition, Victor continues to experiment here, challenging notions of theatricality and audience reception, ensuring that each of the bodies moving onstage in these highly athletic tableaus exemplifies the RUBBERBANDance Method.

A reflection of the freedom and openness of the ebullient Montreal dance scene, Vic’s Mix is sure to astonish by its stylistic breadth.

Vic’s Mix premiered in June 2016 at the Festival international DansEncore in the Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau of the Maison de la Culture.

Length

75 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Franklin Luy, Zack Tang, Lavinia Vago and Lea Ved.

Apprentices : Jean Bui, Marilyne Cyr, Arielle Locke, Sovann Prom Tep and Paco Ziel.

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Jasper Gahunia & al.

Costume Design: Camille Thibault-Bédard

Production Manager: Florence Cardinal

Vic’s Mix is a production of RUBBERBANDance Groupwith the support of the Festival International DansEncore, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Ontario Arts Council.

© Photo by Michael Slobodian

Metabolism

With his street dancer’s sensibility, Victor Quijada has consistently sought to transpose the immediacy of hip-hop circles into conventional compositional display, shattering habitual formats in countless ways in hopes that the public will experience dance as a participatory event rather than as passive spectators.

In Metabolism, the first full-length piece created for RUBBERBANDance Group, Victor brought this concern to the forefront. In an immersive experience, the audience is taken through the choreographer’s evolution as an artist: from performances in small club venues through formal artistic and classical influences, the theatre space alters as the piece develops. The video projections, site-specific choreographic relationships to architecture, audience interaction, and environmental set design were experimentations that would further inform and eventually lead to subsequent creations Slicing StaticAV Input/Outputand Punto Ciego.

Metabolism was presented in the DNA: Définition Non-Applicable event at Espace Tangente in Montreal in March 2003.

Length

75 minutes with intermission

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Joe-Danny Aurélien, Jayko Eloï, Matt “Hatch” Morein, Jacobs Osakue, Anne PlamondonVictor Quijada, and Miko Sobreira

Artistic Consultant: Miko Sobreira

Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau

Costumes: Triple Five Soul

Set Design: Victor Quijada

Music: various

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group with support from Jeunes Volontaires / Emploi-Québec.

© Photo by Peter Martin

Empirical Quotient

Over the past ten years, the remarkable duo of Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon has brilliantly developed the distinctive signature that is the hallmark of RUBBERBANDance Group. Through the RUBBERBAND Method, a unique style of movement is brought to full fruition in the bodies of six exceptional performers whose backgrounds range from classical, contemporary, and urban dance to circus arts. In Empirical Quotient, choreographer Victor Quijada uses an artistic approach that is part character study, part compositional dissertation, to explore human relationships through a theatrical but non-expository manner. Situations of dependence, rejection, empathy, and acceptance are woven together in a complex display of athleticism and precision. Quijada’s longtime collaborators, composer Jasper Gahunia and lighting designer Yan Lee Chan, have created the perfect setting for the choreographer’s continuing observations on the effects of time and experience on an individual’s self-perception and identity.

Empirical Quotient premiered in November 2013 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.

Length

70 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Anne Plamondon, James Gregg, Franklin Luy, Zachary Tang, Lavinia Vago and Lea Ved. (Apprentices dancers: Marilyne Cyr and Arielle Locke).

Lighting Design and technical director: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Jasper Gahunia

Sound Operator: Éric Tremblay

Production Manager: Julie Brosseau Doré

Costume Design: Julie Charland

Required technicians: 3

Empirical Quotient is a production of RUBBERBANDance Group and a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse, Grand Theatre Kingston, Guelph Dance, Le Theatre Hector-Charland, and la Société de la Place des Arts, with the kind collaboration of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

With generous support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Michael Slobodian

sHip sHop Shape Shifting

This brilliant duet for Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon was commissioned by the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival. sHip sHop Shape Shifting is a love poem to hip hop, communicated through Victor’s signature movement-hybrid vocabulary. It was performed at several prestigious galas, and toured extensively as part of the Elastic Perspective Redux repertory program.

The work premiered in 2005 at the Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center as part of the Bay Area Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

Length

15 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Anne Plamondon and Victor Quijada

Music: Mos Def, Craig Mack, Saul Williams, Johann Sebastian Bach

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group, commissioned by the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

© Photos by Chris-Randle

Hasta La Próxima

Beating with the fresh pulse of street attitude, Hasta La Próxima was Victor Quijada’s continued exploration into the subtleties of human relationships. A quartet of dancers uses both physical and psychological manipulation to recount a farewell tale that flips quickly from humorous to somber tones.

Hasta La Próxima was the choreographer’s second mid-length creation for his recently-formed company, RUBBERBANDANCE Group. Named among the “Top 5 in Dance for 2002” by the critics at Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper, this work toured extensively as part of the company’s Elastic Perspective repertory program. The adaptation of the central duet in the short film of the same title was nominated at the 2004 American Choreography Awards.

Hasta La Próxima premiered in October 2002 in the Urban Dance series at Espace Tangente in Montreal.

 

Length

30 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Diana Diaz, Jacques-Wood “Jayko” Eloï, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada

Artistic Consultant: Miko Sobreira

Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau

Costumes: Triple Five Soul

Music: Anthony Santos, Anouar Brahem, Susana Baca, Paolo Santos, GZA

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group and Espace Tangente. Residency hosted by Mo Sum Chi Kung Fu.

© Photos by Miriam Schacter

Reflections on Movement Particles

Reflections on Movement Particles marked Rubberbandance Group’s first European creation residency. It was also Victor Quijada’s first collaboration with lighting designer Yan Lee Chan and with musician/composer Mitchell Akiyama (Intr_version Records), who would later compose the music for Slicing Static and the live symphonic score for Suspension of Disbelief, a Quijada work commissioned by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Reflections on Movement Particles is a meditation on the abstract versus the narrative nature of the body and its motion, supported by Akiyama’s minimalist electronic soundscapes and Chan’s lighting, an interacting element in the piece.

This work was later incorporated into the repertory program, Elastic Perspective Redux, and toured extensively.

Reflections on Movement Particles premiered in Fall 2003, at Théâtre de L’L in Brussels. The North American premiere took place in Montreal at the MAI, in collaboration with Studio 303, in April 2004.

Length

60 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Joe-Danny Aurélien, Jayko Eloï, Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Music: Mitchell Akiyama

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with Festival Danse en vol / Studio 303, and Théâtre de L’L (Belgium). Residency at Théâtre de L’L. With generous support from the CanDance Network Touring Exchange Program.

© Photos by Nathalie Galazka

Esculque

Coming soon…

Tender Loving Care

This 30-minute powerhouse work signaled the debut of Victor Quijada and his RUBBERBANDance Group on the Montreal dance scene. The quartet of dancers used aggressive physicality in a situational study of emotional and psychological dependency.

The work was classed in the “Top 5 in Dance” by Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir, and was selected for the Printemps de la danse touring grant.

Tender Loving Care premiered in the Dança Danza new Latin dance series at Espace Tangente in May, 2002.

Length

30 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Diana Diaz, Jayko Eloï, Jacobs Osakue, and Victor Quijada

Artistic Consultant: Miko Sobreira

Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau

Costumes: Victor Quijada

Music: Atahualpa Yupanqui, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Antonio Vivaldi

Required Technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group. With generous support from the City of Montreal.

Slicing Static

Slicing Static is a 60-minute site-specific presentation that examines the conscious /  unconscious refusal to free oneself from outdated, dysfunctional rules set by individuals and by society. With the spectators placed on three sides in unusual seating arrangements, the audience-performer divide is erased as dancers move beyond the fourth wall, sometimes even under the risers, in an innovative use of theatre space.

With a beautifully elastic score by Mitchell Akiyama that moves from electronica through urban jungle to jazz-infused rhythms, and an exquisite architectural lighting design by Yan Lee Chan, Slicing Static engaged the public through riveting movement and non-linear character development.

Slicing Static premiered in September 2004 at Usine C in Montreal.

Length

60 minutes 

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Jayko Eloï, Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Anne Plamondon, Victor Quijada, and Kevin Turner

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Costume Design: Caroline Boisvert

Set Design: David J. Vivian

Composer: Mitchell Akiyama

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with Usine C and with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. RUBBERBANDance Group was resident company at Usine C for the 2003-04 season.

© Photo by Natalie Galazka

Elastic Perspective

Elastic Perspective was a program of selected works created during the first two years of RUBBERBANDance Group’s existence, highlighting the range of this extraordinary group and the perfect marriage of explosive hip-hop physicality and subtly profound storytelling. In these short pieces, Victor Quijada realized his initial desire to investigate human relationships through an innovative mix of hip-hop dynamics and contemporary classicism.

The shorter pieces in the first half of Elastic Perspective were examples of Victor’s early experiments in merging classical and hip-hop aesthetics, either by setting hip-hop movement to classical music or jazz, or by having a classically-trained body dance to the hip-hop beat. The second part was the quartet Hasta La Próxima, created for the Urban Dance series at Espace Tangente in Montreal.

Elastic Perspective won the RIDEAU Prize and toured Canada in 2004. A re-mount grant in 2006 allowed the reformatting of the work as Elastic Perspective Redux, which remained in the company’s touring repertory until 2009. In later incarnations, sections of other pieces made their way into the program.

Elastic Perspective premiered in April 2003 at Festival Vue sur la relève in Montreal.

Length

75 minutes with intermission

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada 

Original Cast: Various dancers according to the piece arrangements, including Joe-Danny Aurelien, Diana Diaz, Jacques-Wood “Jayko” Eloï, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada

Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau, Yan Lee Chan

Costume Design: Triple 5 Soul, Caroline Boisvert

Music: various

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group with generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Chris Randle

AV Input/Output

On a bare stage, virtuoso dancers Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon become two contorted puppets, two lovers, two children, two strangers. Their moving, complex solos and duets oscillate between strength and disequilibrium, in a place where the real and the virtual converge. Both as themselves and as characters based on themselves, RBDG’s two co-directors take us into a world where intimacy – true or fictional? – is magnified by projected images of filmed interviews.

AV Input/Output marked the company’s first collaboration with Jasper Gahunia, a.k.a. DJ Lil’ Jaz, a ground-breaking turntable champ who samples classical music into a hip-hop form. This remarkable synthesis of Victor Quijada’s exploration of the body’s truth is a reality-dance event combining pure motion and theatrical performance, a work that surpasses audience expectations yet again.

AV Input/Output premiered in March 2008 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.

Length

75 minutes with intermission

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Anne Plamondon and Victor Quijada

Video Concept: René-Pierre Bélanger

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Set Design: Stéphane Longpré

Costume Design: Anne-Marie Veevaete

Composer: Jasper Gahunia with additional music provided by Mitchell Akiyama

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with La Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and the New England Foundation for the Arts (U.S.A.). With generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Residencies hosted by Salle Pauline-Julien (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) and the Maison de la culture Mercier of the Réseau Accès Culture (Montreal, Quebec).

© Photos by Samuel Rigaux

Loan Sharking

Loan Sharking is a program of repertory works. Presenting a view of the multiple lyrical and physical possibilities of RUBBERBANDance Group’s research, the program is based on the concept of retrieving and appropriating choreographies created by Victor Quijada for special events and in commissions for other dance companies.

The first act includes three short pieces, each exploring Quijada’s unique hip-hop-influenced movement vocabulary, set to non-hip-hop music. Dr Ib Erif, danced to Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, was created in 2008 for a televised event in collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Soft Watching the First Implosion, set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in A minor, was created in 2005 for Peter Boal & Company. Attempt #2 at Reinventing the Hip-Hop Routine was created in 2002, set to the music of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five. The second act, Punto Ciego Abreviado, is a short version of the full-length work, Punto Ciego.

Loan Sharking premiered in 2009 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahalui, Hawaii.

Length

75 minutes with intermission

Credits

Choregrapher: Victor Quijada

Original Cast:  Louise Michel Jackson, Mariusz Ostrowski, Anne Plamondon, Victor Quijada, Lila-Mae G.Talbot, and Frédéric Tavernini

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Dave Brubeck, Jasper Gahunia, Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Vivaldi

Costume Designer: Anne-Marie Veevaete

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group. Residencies hosted by the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal and Circuit-Est Centre chorégraphique. With generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project (presentation grant), the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Chris Randle

Punto Ciego

This full-evening work was inspired by the non-linear approaches of writers Milan Kundera and Quentin Tarantino. Comprised of situations that bring personalities together to examine and negotiate varying perspectives on a collective reality, this tragic-comedy uses the audience’s own subjective validation to give the dense physicality of this work a double edge.

Six performers move homogeneously through signature Quijada movements to Jasper Gahunia’s musical score, which ingeniously warps classical music into original compositions. Expanding on his past experiments with spoken word, video projection, audience interaction, and set design, Victor Quijada offers the audience a rich and meaningful multi-layered spectacle.

Punto Ciego premiered October 2008 at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College (New Hampshire).

Length

80 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Original Cast: Louise Michel Jackson, Mariusz Ostrowski, Anne Plamondon, Victor Quijada, Lila-Mae G.Talbot, and Frédéric Tavernini

Artistic consultant: Miko Sobreira

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Jasper Gahunia (DJ Lil’ Jaz)

Video Concept: René-Pierre Bélanger

Costume Designer: Anne-Marie Veevaete

Set Design: Stéphane Longpré

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with La Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project (production and presentation grants); in partnership with the Centennial Theatre of Bishops University (Lennoxville, Quebec), and Salle Pauline-Julien (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec). With generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photos by Michael Slobodian

THE MUSIC FROM PUNTO CIEGO IS AVAILABLE

The music from Punto Ciego is available on the album Taking Notes: Music from Punto Ciego and Other Lost Thoughts, produced by composer Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil Jaz, eljayII) in collaboration with RUBBERBANDance Group. Only 500 individually packaged, silkscreened, and numbered CDs are available here exclusively.

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Gravity of Center

In a space out of time, Victor Quijada’s raw movement expresses the adversarial relationship between the individual and the group. Each being is both at the centre of the world and orbiting around others. Interdependence is obvious, and struggles are inevitable. Five dancers – a family, a nomadic tribe or an entire people – interweave, fight, manifest their cravings, and hustle in an astonishing fluidity of action – all of this merely to survive.

Gravity of Center successfully contains the ferocity of hip hop within a perfectly refined choreographic language. Between dynamic rhythms and physical prowess, the unique vocabulary of RUBBERBANDance Group is at the epicentre of the company’s twelfth creation.

Victor Quijada has once again called upon his longtime collaborators, Yan Lee Chan, who sculpts the space by his lighting, and Jasper Gahunia (DJ Lil’ Jaz), who creates an aural atmosphere that is a true link to RBDG’s visual and physical aesthetic.

Gravity of Center premiered in April 2011 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.

Length

70 minutes

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Performers:   Elon Höglund, Emmanuelle Lê Phan,  Daniel Mayo, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada,
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Composer: Jasper Gahunia
Costume Designer: Julie Charland

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with La Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal. With residencies hosted by the Cinquième Salle of the Place des Arts, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, and Festival Danse Encore (Trois-Rivières, Quebec).

With generous support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photos by Jocelyn Michel