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Three company dancers promoted

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.

Credit: Isabel Rancier

Victor Quijada, winner of the Prize for Cultural Diversity in Dance

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.

Winter Workshop 2017

A New RUBBERBANDance Group Workshop in Montreal!

The workshop

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.

Details

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: production@rubberbandance.com

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.

Credit : Bill Hebert

City Thread is here

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.

The show is 30 min and free.

News of our dancers

RBDG is proud Dana Pajarillaga and Jerimy Rivera as new apprentices. Also, Sydney McManus, Amara Barner, Jean Bui and Sovann Prom Tep are joining the ranks of our permanent dancers.

Credit photo Sydney, Amara, Jean et Sovann : Isabel Rancier

Credit photo Jerimy : Sasha Onyshchenko/Kravetz Photographic Studios

City Thread

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

Volunteer Call

Attention Montreal and Surrounding Area

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.

The work:
– 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)

people with initiative and a good sense of

Interested?
Send an introduction email, your CV and availabilities to info@rubberbandance.com

Looking forward to work with you! The RBDG Team

News from our dancers

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.

© Isabel Rancier

RUBBERBANDance Group is looking for new dancers!

audition

Celebrating its 15th anniversary and deep in the process of creating three new works, RBDG would like to bring in new dancers for the 2017-2018 season.

The candidates, whether men or women, must have a solid base in contemporary dance and/or street dance (breaking b-boying, Hip Hop, capoeira, etc.). Dancers wishing to apply should send the following elements to info@rubberbandance.com:

– a recent (2015 or 2016) photo portrait
– a complete CV
– a demo video (minimum 3 and maximum 9 minutes)

Please indicate Auditions 2017 in your email message, which shall also serve as a presentation letter.

Applications will be accepted until December 20, 2016.

The candidates selected for auditions will be contacted for a meeting with the company’s artistic direction.