Artistic Director / Choreographer
From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with acclaimed postmodern and ballet companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Victor Quijada was recognized as a magnetic and expansive dancer early in his career. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance aesthetics, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.
Impelled to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor founded RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of expressive genres. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. He has created more than 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and in commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, Europe and Asia.
Victor Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method as a bridge to connect diverse movement styles. He teaches this technique internationally at conservatories and universities by coaching dancers to transition masterfully between opposing dance worlds, enabling them to combine balletic lines and grace, contemporary angles and distortion, with hip hop dynamics and break power-moves. Since 2011, Victor has directed the intensive summer dance workshop at the Domaine Forget and, since 2010, has acted as choreographer at the annual Springboard Danse Montréal event. He was artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal from 2007 to 2011 and was recently named artist-in-residence at the new Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California for the 2015-2016/2016-2017 season.
As a guest choreographer, Victor Quijada is regularly invited to create new works for circus, theatre and dance companies, including repeat commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and Les 7 doigts de la main. His prestigious awards include the Bonnie Bird North American Award, the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Foundation award for Choreography Fellowship in 2010. A second price from the PGF was awarded to him with the 2016 Work in Progress Residency.
With over a dozen film credits to his name, Victor has been choreographer, director, and dramaturge in music videos, art film projects, and television productions. His short film Hasta La Próxima was a finalist at the 2004 American Choreography Awards; his choreography in the K-OS music video Man I Used to Be won a 2005 Choreography Media Honor and Gravity of Center won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. He was highlighted as one of Canada’s hottest performance artists in the documentary series Freedom featured in Dance Magazine’s “On The Rise” section and has an article dedicated to him in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
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