Franklin Luy was born in Caracas, Venezuela. After practising capoeira and acrobatics, he moved to Quebec City in 2007 to study the circus arts and subsequently completed his training as a hand balancer in Montreal. He then performed with Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize, as well as in the street. He attended a workshop given by Victor Quijada in late 2012 and has since strongly identified with the RUBBERBAND Method, an approach that allows him to use his training in a new dimension of creation and expression. Franklin joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2013 for a new production of Gravity of Center and is part of the cast that created Quotient empirique and Vic’s Mix. He also performs as a circus artist at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Montréal complètement cirque festival.
Born and raised in Texas, Zack Tang began his dance training at Dancescape, under the direction of Joyce Beck. He then graduated from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts in 2007, under Luanne Carter. He also trained in programs at Ballet Austin, Tulsa Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Perry Mansfield, and Springboard Montreal. Upon receiving his BFA from The Juilliard School, under Lawrence Rhodes, Zack won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for choreography. He has worked with choreographers Peter Chu, Victor Quijada, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Larry Kegwin, Mark Morris, and Darrell Grand Moltrie, and performed works by José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Nijinska. In 2012, Zack was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”. Before joining RUBBERBANDance Group in 2013, he spent two years with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Lavinia Vago is a dance artist from Italy. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts. While in Seattle, she worked with artists such as Tonya Lockyer, KT Niehoff, and Zoe Scofield. Lavinia performed with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and toured internationally with Korhan Basaran and Artists. She is presently working with Loni Landon Projects in New York and is co-director and performer with THE YC in Seattle. In January, 2013, she was invited to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Island, Florida, with her collaborator Kate Wallich. Since joining RUBBERBANDance Group in 2013, she keeps on working with Loni Landon Projects in New York and as an associate director and performer for The YC in Seattle.
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