Now that we’re set up in our new location, with an expanded team and a new management model (in partnership with our colleagues from Par B.L.eux, with whom we share a space and exchange resources), we’re all ready for an exciting, action-packed year.
Two major events mark the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. First of all, Anne Plamondon has resigned as artistic codirector of RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG). A mesmerizing creator, she is leaving to devote more time to her choreography projects and will become the company’s first artist in residence. Victor Quijada, founder of RBDG, has single-handedly taken on the duties of artistic director and choreographer since summer 2016.
In other RBDG news, Jean Bui was promoted, paving the way for the talented Sovann Prom Tep to make the move from aspiring dancer to apprentice dancer for the 2016-2017 season. After Lea Ved left for Stockholm, the company also had the pleasure of welcoming two new apprentices, New York’s Amara Barner and Toronto’s Sydney McManus.
The company also has the pleasure to have the young Béatrice Larrivée joining in as an aspiring dancer. We hope to have her on board for a while!
We are extremely proud to announce that after his Choreography Fellowship Award from the Princess Grace Foundation USA, Victor Quijada gets a second recognition from the PGF with the 2016 Work in Progress Residency Award!
Victor Quijada will be one of the teachers at the Peridance BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, that will take place in New York City from August 8 to 20, 2016. Go to the event’s web page for more information about the workshops!
Until September 11, 2016, you’ll have an opportunity to see a short film by RBDG at the new Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre in Montreal, part of the exhibitionDanser à Montréal, un hommage à Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck, curated by Marie Lavorel. Presented in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse, the exhibition traces the history of dance in Quebec based on the writings of Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck.
For the fifth consecutive year, RBDG had the privilege of offering its workshop for professional dancers at Domaine Forget. From July 3 to 17, dozens of dancers from diverse horizons learned some elements of the RUBBERBAND Method by its creators and by the company’s team of dancers.
On June 7, RUBBERBANDance Group participated in the GRANDE PREMIÈRE DES FUTURES ÉTOILES de la Fondation de la Place des Arts, under the artistic direction of Angèle Dubeau. A record amount of $550,000. was raised. Since 2011, this annual event helps finance activities carried out by the Société de la Place des Arts to broaden access to the performing arts and to support artistic creation.
It’s been a very busy few months at RUBBERBANDance Group! The creation team began three new productions: you’ll learn more about them in subsequent newsletters. Also, three new members joined our administrative team: Jean-Philippe Lortie, assistant to the directors, Florence Cardinal, production director, and Mathieu Leroux, communications director. We warmly welcome them! As these additions made it a bit crowded, we needed to move to more spacious premises. Our new address is: 859 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Suite 202, Montreal.
The premiere of RBDG’s newest work, Vic’s Mix, took place on June 3 at Festival DansEncore in Trois-Rivières. The production has set off on the roads of Quebec and the United States for this summer and autumn, and for the 2016-2017 season. Look for performance dates in your area!
Victor Quijada, artistic co-director of RUBBERBANDance Group, has been invited to choreograph one of the three segments of the new creation by circus company Les 7 doigts de la main; Marie Chouinard and Marcos Morau are the other invited choreographers. Triptyque, an exploration on the theme of gravity, will be presented from October 14 – 25, 2015, at the TOHU. You’ll also be able to see our artistic co-director, Anne Plamondon, and RBDG dancer Franklin Luy in this production. Triptyque is a coproduction between Les 7 doigts de la main, under an invitation of Daniel Soulières, and Sadler’s Wells (London), Thomas Lightburn (Vancouver), TOHU (Montréal), Albourne (Norwalk) and Danse-Cité (Montréal).
Los Angeles dance company BODYTRAFFIC, with whom Victor Quijada collaborated in 2014 in the creation of Once again, before you go, will tour the United States and Europe throughout the season to present this unique new work. Visit their website for performance dates.
Anne Plamondon will give two series of workshops centred on the RUBBERBAND Method, in Quebec City and in Sherbrooke. The workshops explore the basics of this method developed by Victor Quijada, and are inspired by RUBBERBANDance Group internships intended to prepare dancers for the demands of Victor Quijada’s choreographies. Organized by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), this training program is offered to dance professionals for the low fee of $7 per class. The workshop will run from November 30 to December 11 in Quebec City and from February 17 – 25 in Sherbrooke.