Movement Mathematics

Future Stars’ Grand Premiere

Fondation de la Place des arts’ annual benefit event

Movement Mathematics

On June 7, 2016, the sixth edition of the Future Stars’ Grand Premiere fundraising event raised a record amount of more than $550,000 for the Fondation de la Place des Arts. Movement Mathematics was specifically created for the event from important sequences of RBDG’ repertoire. The performance was presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve.

CRÉDITS

Choreographer : Victor Quijada

Music : Jasper Gahunia

Lighting : Yan Lee Chan

Costumes : Julie Charland

DancersFranklin Luy, Zack Tang, Lavinia Vago, Lea Ved,

Apprentis : Marilyne Cyr, Arielle Locke, Paco Ziel

Aspirants : Jean Bui, Sovann Prom Tep, Axelle Munezero

© Photos by Milk Images

Audience development activities

Outlined below are a few of several activities RUBBERBANDance Group offers to accompany performances. For more details, please contact the company.

 

Post-show Q&A

RUBBERBANDance Group’s choreographer, dancers, and artistic collaborators are available to engage with dance fans during after-show discussions, in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Around a drink or a microphone, the inspiration for the work, the choreography and dancing, and the set design are de-mystified. In this activity, the audience is treated to a tour into the heart of RBDG’s world, guided by the artists themselves.

 

Lecture-demonstrations

This activity consists of a lecture presentation illustrated by live excerpts from the company’s works. How is the special language of RUBBERBANDance Group conveyed? The opportunity to see live dance segments and talk with company members illuminates all the stages of the singular path that has culminated in RBDG’s spontaneous, very contemporary style. Addressed to both neophytes and more knowledgeable audiences, these lecture-demos are ideal for both primary and secondary schools, including those with specialized dance programs.

 

Short films

RUBBERBANDance Group also offers its short films, as a retrospective or a stand-alone activity, to allow audiences to become better acquainted with Victor Quijada’s work. The company has produced a number of high-quality shorts that capture its unique approach, along with music clips and videos of special projects. With viewers’ feedback and participation, the evening of screenings can be tailored to specific interests, with or without the presence of the choreographer as a mediator.

 

© Photos by Michael Slobodian / © Photos by Lynchpin

RUBBERBAND Method Workshop

Either as a company class, a professional workshop, or an open-level workshop for the general public, the RUBBERBAND Method proposes exercises that build agility and precision whether dancing upright, close to the floor, or upside-down. Created by Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon, this method was developed to prepare dancers for the demands of Quijada’s choreography.

 

The method introduces dancers to a movement hybrid influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabularies, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, the use of rhythmic variations, and partnering. Basic principles include the distribution of weight outside of the plum-line axis of the upright skeletal structure; the agility in hand, elbow, and shoulder inversions; and the use of the body and all its surfaces as multi-directional and three-dimensional sculpting tools. This movement approach helps dancers navigate their spines and bodies through space between vertical and horizontal orientations. Contemporary and classically-trained dancers are prepared for the floor work commonly associated with break(dance), while street dancers are led to develop greater physical and spatial awareness and acquire interpretative tools for non-competitive performance situations.

 

With the RUBBERBAND Method, dancers will be ready to engage the floor with authority and finesse, using textures adapted from urban approaches. The RUBBERBAND Method also hones dancers’ focus and visual connections in moments of partnering and performance.

 

© Photos by Michael Slobodian

Freedom with Robert Desrosiers

Canadian dance icon Robert Desrosiers hosted this documentary series focusing on Canada’s hottest performance artists.

Credits

Performers: Victor QuijadaAnne Plamondon, Joe-Danny Aurélien, Jayko Eloï and Emmanuelle Lê Phan

Director: Bob Barrett

Producer: Sound Venture Productions

 

2005 – Gemini Award Nomination / Best Picture Editing in a Performing Arts Series

 

Merci Montréal, Canada Day 2004

The first collaboration with René-Pierre Bélanger brought this joint exhibition with Quartetto Gelatto, performed outdoors in Montreal’s historic Vieux-Port.

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Performers: Anne Plamondon, Jayko Eloï and the Quartetto Gelatto

Director: René-Pierre Bélanger

Producer: Copie Zero for CBC

La Symphonie éclatée avec Kent Nagano

Coming soon.

Adidas Originals Event

Having been approached by the marketing and publicity firm Agence ZOÏ to choreograph the Adidas Originals fashion show, Quijada directed the main performance event of the celebration, featuring four DJs, twenty fashion models, and the RBDG dancers.

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Performers: Victor Quijada, Joe-Danny Aurélien, Jayko Eloï, Emmanuelle Lê Phan

Event Organizer: ZOÏ Agency

Video Editor: Graham

Having been approached by the marketing and publicity firm Agence ZOÏ to choreograph the Adidas Originals fashion show, Quijada directed the main performance event of the celebration, featuring four DJs, twenty fashion models, and the RBDG dancers.

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Performers: Victor Quijada, Joe-Danny Aurelien, Jayko Eloï, Emmanuelle Lê Phan

Event Organizer: ZOÏ Agency

Video Editor: Graham

Post Hip Hop Project

The Post Hip Hop Project is a recurrant special project involving choreographic workshops and presentations, designed for young Montreal street dancers. Under the mentorship of Victor Quijada, emerging artists can test and develop their skills. RUBBERBANDance Group wanted to participate in the new juncture of urban dance evolution by sharing its expertise with young creators and giving them the chance to present their work to the public.

The first edition of the Post Hip Hop Project took place in March 2009 during RUBBERBANDance Group’s Place des Arts residency. It was inspired by the success of Jawbreaker, a November 2007 presentation in which key members of Montreal’s breaking community performed choreography by Victor Quijada, in Studio 303’s Movement in Slang / Vernissage-danse #135 program.

The second edition of the PHHP, held in Châteauguay in 2010, went a step further, addressing a selection of young Montreal choreographers influenced by urban dance forms, offering them creation time, choreographic mentorship, a lighting residency, and two public performances at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts.

In 2011, the third edition of the PHHP was presented by Quartiers Danses at Maison de la Culture Frontenac. The experimental creation laboratory featured pillars of the breaking, popping, and club dance scene.

© Antoine Ryan