Fall 2016

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.

Here, Victor gives his account of Anne’s time at RBDG

Anne Plamondon par Michael Slobodian

Anne Plamondon by Michael Slobodian

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.

Béatrice Larrivée par Isabel RancierThe 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!

2016-2017 Tour

On Tour

Following its U.S. premiere at Wesleyan (Connecticut) and a performance in Urbana (Illinois) RUBBERBANDance Group heads to Philadelphia for the sixth time in its history for a week-long run of its new work, Vic’s Mix. The company is pleased to inaugurate the 2016-2017 season of the dynamic NextMove Dance at the Prince Theater.

Coming Up

The Vic’s Mix tour returns to Quebec in late 2016 and for a month in 2017. Tickets for performances in the following cities are now on sale:

  • Laval, Maison des arts, 1er décembre 2016
  • Sainte-Thérèse Théâtre Lionel-Groulx, 3 février 2017
  • Baie-Comeau, Centre des arts, 6 février 2017
  • Sept-Îles, Salle de spectacles Jean-Marc Dion, 8 décembre 2017
  • New Richmond, Salle de spectacles régionale Desjardins de New Richmond, 10 décembre 2017
  • Gaspé, Salle de spectacles de Gaspé, 11 décembre 2017

A kind of remix of the greatest hits of the RBDG repertoire, Vic’s Mix is an excellent way to discover the company’s work or rediscover a few of the gems created by Victor Quijada.

Not to be missed!

Congrats Jean!

We are very happy to announce that aspiring dancer Jean Bui has been promoted to apprentice dancer within the company. We hope he’ll be with us for a long time.

© Michael Slobodian
© Michael Slobodian


Danser à Montréal Exhibit

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 exhibition Danser 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.

2016 Domaine Forget

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.


New Crew, New Show

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.

Auditions notice

RUBBERBANDance Group is holding auditions on January 4 and 5, 2016, in Montreal (QC, Canada).

We are looking for male and female dancers for upcoming projects.

Application deadline : December 1st, 2015.

Please send your resume and demos at communications at rubberbandance dot com.

Collaborations with 7 doigts de la main and BODYTRAFFIC

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.

© Alexandre Galliez


RQD workshops given by Anne Plamondon

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.

© Michael Slobodian