Montréal, March 13 2018 — With the world in upheaval, we constantly struggle to avoid succumbing to the external forces that oppress us, and to the even darker forces within us. Victor Quijada is back: this time, on a huge stage stage with 10 dancers at the top of their form: a vast performance space for a pro- duction on steroids.
RUBBERBANDance Group’s Ever So Slightly, will premiere at Théâtre Maisonneuve December 5 – 8, 2018. Renewing its collaboration with Danse Danse, the company has been offered the series’ largest venue. For the occasion, Victor is surrounding himself with a revamped team. Invigorated by new collaborators from various artistic backgrounds, the presence of musicians on stage, and an array of irrepressible of dancers, RUBBERBANDance Group is shifting into overdrive!
Ever So Slightly explores behavioural mechanisms – the reflexes we develop to face the ceaseless flow of irritants bombarding us every day. Most of us harbour a desire for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggression no longer have a place? Capable of delivering delicacy, finesse, brutality, and high-voltage action, in this work, the choreographer deploys his RUBBERBAND Method – mastered by an unconventional group – to capture the energy of urgency, revolt, and flight from danger.
Victor Quijada delves into new territory, surprising us yet again.
Congratulations to Béatrice Larrivée, Dana Pajarillaga, and Jerimy Rivera, all of whom have now become permanent dancers at RBDG! This brings the total number of permanent dancers at the company to eight.
Montreal, November 30, 2017 — This morning, the winners of the 2017 PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL (PDM) were announced. Victor Quijada was awarded the prize for Cultural Diversity in Dance, bestowed by the head of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), Nathalie Maillé. This prize, of a monetary value of $10,000., was awarded by an independent jury in recognition of Victor Quijada’s exceptional contribution to the development of the discipline and for his role as a precursor in bringing street dance into theatrical venues, legitimizing a dance genre that had long been marginalized. The jury of this prize attributed by the CAM was made up of Karla Étienne, assistant director, performer, and teacher at Zab Maboungou/ Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata; Alexandra Landé, choreographer and artistic director of Productions Unkut; and Michael Toppings, artistic and general director of MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).
Victor Quijada is the artistic director of a multiform, multilingual company in which hybridity in choreography, plurality in practices and culture, and diversity in genres have been in the organization’s DNA for 15 years now. Through RUBBERBANDance Group, the choreographer makes the most of the rich cultural backgrounds of the dancers, artistic collaborators and conceptors who issue from widely diverse milieus. Created in a spirit of equity, RUBBERBANDance Group is currently made up of young dancers of Latin-American, Asian, Afro- American, and First-Nations origins who hail from different regions of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Some of the company’s members, who speak French, English, and Spanish, were classically trained, while others debuted in dance as self-taught b-boys or b-girls. The company’s works have travelled from coast to coast in both Canada and the U.S.A., as well as to Mexico, Europe, and Asia, augmenting the resonance and impact of the Montreal dance scene around the world. Respect for difference and a care for representing diversity are fundamental values of RUBBERBANDance Group, whose members embody and transmit these values on a daily basis.
The other PRIX DE LA DANSE winners
Daniel Léveillé was awarded the GRAND PRIX de la danse this year, and choreographer/dancer Manuel Roque was a double prize recipient. Dancers Esther Gaudette and Paige Culley, philanthropist Constance V. Pathy, and cultural manager Lorraine Hébert were the other PRIX DE LA DANSE winners.
This November, at the Exhibition hall of the Place des Arts, visit Dans l’oeil de Cindy Boyce, a photographic presentation of ten artists in residency for its 2016/2017 season, including RUBBERBANDance Group. Some unreleased rehearsal pictures of City Thread can be seen during this exhibition!
RUBBERBANDance Group is holding its first training workshop for professional dancers here in Montreal. Under the direction of Victor Quijada, the company’s founder, artistic director, and choreographer, the workshop will also give the selected participants the opportunity to work with many of the dancers of RBDG.
Workshop participants can expect 11 days of intense work on the RUBBERBAND Method. Weight distribution around the centre of gravity; agility in the inverse position supported by hands, elbows, and shoulders; and the use of the body as an instrument of multidirectional/tridimensional carving tool for space will all be taught. Participants will be initiated to a vocabulary issuing from the blend of street and contemporary dance, and particularly focus on interpretation, decision-making, the use of rhythmic variations, and accompaniment.
Dates: December 4–9 and December 11–15, 2017*
Time: 10 a.m.—5 p.m. (66 workshop hours)
Place: Centre Pierre-Péladeau
Cost: 1000.00 CAD + taxes
*The workshop will take place in french and english. The participant only needs to understand one of the two languages.
*Participants are responsible for their own travel, food, and housing arrangements.
We have limited spots available.
Dancers must submit their candidacy by sending a CV, a portrait-type photograph and a demo video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries will be received until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 10.
We will not consider any incomplete applications.
*A non-refundable deposit (250.00 CAD tx incl.) must be paid within 3 days after your candidacy has been retained.
*Remaining payment must be made before Nov. 24th.
*For Quebec residents, please note that it is possible for RQD members to get part of the workshop fees reimbursed.
Our new show takes over Place des Arts starting August 29th!
Involving 40 dancers and as many participants as the Esplanade of Place des Arts can accommodate, dance, music, and architecture come together in a multidisciplinary outdoor performance. Members of the public, phone in hand, choose to follow one or another group of dancers on designated itineraries, guided by an exclusive smartphone application.
Although hundreds of spectators may actively participate in the performance, headsets allow each one to experience the moment in a private space thanks to a unique soundtrack that unfolds as the spectator winds through the public space and the dancers’ bodies. Simultaneously, multiple private experiences are taking place in tandem as the performance is in continual movement. Randomness, decision-making, and the onlookers are also integral parts of the experience.
Esplanade of Place des Arts, from August 29th to September 10th at 5:15 and 7 PM.
No shows on Monday. September 2nd performances are at 1 PM and 3 PM.
Meeting point is outside, in front of the Musée d’arts contemporain.
RBDG’s new production is just around the corner: 40 dancers, an interactive sound and movement adventure, a mythical public space and an exclusive phone app! August 29th to September 10th, 5:15PM & 7PM
RUBBERBANDance Group is looking for volunteers to participate in its ambitious new production presented within the 375th anniversary of the city.
City Thread is an outdoor interactive site specific performance for 40 dancers in which the audience moves with the help of an evolving soundtrack and an exclusive phone application.
The volunteers should be available many evenings between August 26th and September 10th (shows are at 5h15 and
7PM ; 30 minutes performance). We are looking for fan of the arts; organization; people who like helping/exchanging with strangers.
– Answer passersby’ questions about the performance
– Guide the audience through the Place des Arts’ Esplanade – Explain how the phone app works
– Make sure of everyone’ safety (dancers and audience)
The company is pleased to promote trainee Béatrice Larrivée to the apprentice status; apprentices Jean Bui and Sovann Prom Tep are now permanent dancers of the company, following Paco Ziel in January 2017.