One day intensive with RBDG

Only 11 days before the first ” one day intensive” of RBDG, created in collaboration with Place des Arts, scheduled for March 15th, 2009 – from 13h00 to 17h00.

In the light of the fast moving trend of presenting the hip hop dance form in traditional performance venues and prescenium stages, RBDG has chosen to offer a workshop for those of you who are inspired to explore the possibilities of “what more can hip-hop be”.

One day intensive with RBDG

WHEN: March 15th, 2009 – 13h00 to 17h00

WHERE: Room E, Place des Arts, 260 Maisonneuve West

HOW MUCH: 5$

Victor Quijada invites you to share through the experience of a cipher. An open conversation will arise and Quijada will guide you through a movement workshop based on spatial and energetic awarness, as well as the basic elements to a dance presentation.

For reservations : info@rubberbandance.com

RBDG receives the OQAJ – RIDEAU 2009 Prize

During the recent edition of RIDEAU 2009, RUBBERBANDance Group received the prize offered by the Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse. This prize is given to an emerging artist to help him realize a professional development trip in the Americas.
On its website, the OQAJ writes : “the prize OQAJ – RIDEAU is given to RUBBERBANDance Group […] for the originality of its choreographic proposition and the quality the interpretation in Punto Ciego.”

Le Groupe RUBBERBANDance en résidence à La Place des Arts

Du 26 au 29 mars 2008, le Groupe RUBBERBANDance offrira un collage d’œuvres de leur répertoire. Au cours de sa deuxième année de résidence, la compagnie présentera en première, à la Cinquième Salle, une nouvelle œuvre. Inspirée des structures cinématographique et littéraire, cette pièce reposera sur des personnages et des intrigues qui s’entrecroiseront. Des prémisses ancrées dans la modernité président à la réflexion des créateurs : la perte de temps et de soi engendrée par les médias et les nouveaux médias, le vocabulaire du corps sous l’influence des danses de rue et l’univers de personnages reliés entre eux sans les contraintes de la chronologie.

Pour le chorégraphe Victor Quijada, « la fusion du ballet contemporain et du break dance est également fertile pour l’exploration des rapports humains ». Il se concentre principalement sur les constructions mentales, les modèles comportementaux et les conflits émotionnels. Stimulé par la fraîcheur des manières de la rue et riche d’une compréhension aiguë de la mise en scène théâtrale, son travail exploite la violence, la tendresse, la comédie et la tragédie.

RUBBERBANDance Group Artist in Residence at Place des Arts

At the press conference presenting the new program for the 2007 edition of Pas de danse, pas de vie!, Place des Arts, the main partner of the event, announced the names of the new artists in residence at the Cinquième Salle: Anne Plamondon and Victor Quijada, co-directors of RUBBERBANDance Group.

The pair succeeds Paul-André Fortier, the very first choreographer in residence at the Cinquième Salle. Michel Gagnon, the Program Director of Place des Arts, explained that the selection of RUBBERBANDance Group was unanimous: “From now on, The Cinquième Salle will be recognized as a place for creation and as a frontier of the avant-garde. It is from this standpoint that our choice of Anne Plamondon and Victor Quijada was made. Their creative approach places them at the crossroads of trends and through their work, they are able to combine many genres – be they hip hop or contemporary dance, classical ballet or modern dance – all while pushing at the limits of physical expression.”

This residency will last two years, covering the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. From March 26 to March 29, 2008, RUBBERBANDance Group will showcase a collage of works from its repertoire. During the second year of its residency, the company will debut a new piece at the Cinquième Salle. Inspired by the techniques of cinematography and literature, this piece will be based on characters and their intersecting storylines. The premise is anchored in modernity and examines the creators’ reflections on the loss of time and of the self that is bred from new media, and on the body’s vocabulary as expressed through street dance. The characters’ worlds will be linked to one another outside the confines of chronology. For choreographer Victor Quijada, “the fusion of contemporary ballet and breakdance is fertile ground for the exploration of human relationships.” He is primarily focused on mental constructs, behavioural models and emotional conflicts. Inspired by the freshness of street styles and enriched by an acute knowledge of theatrical mise-en-scène, his work explores violence, tenderness, comedy and tragedy.