On a bare stage, virtuoso dancers Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon become two contorted puppets, two lovers, two children, two strangers. Their moving, complex solos and duets oscillate between strength and disequilibrium, in a place where the real and the virtual converge. Both as themselves and as characters based on themselves, RBDG’s two co-directors take us into a world where intimacy – true or fictional? – is magnified by projected images of filmed interviews.
AV Input/Output marked the company’s first collaboration with Jasper Gahunia, a.k.a. DJ Lil’ Jaz, a ground-breaking turntable champ who samples classical music into a hip-hop form. This remarkable synthesis of Victor Quijada’s exploration of the body’s truth is a reality-dance event combining pure motion and theatrical performance, a work that surpasses audience expectations yet again.
AV Input/Output premiered in March 2008 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.
75 minutes with intermission
Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Video Concept: René-Pierre Bélanger
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Set Design: Stéphane Longpré
Costume Design: Anne-Marie Veevaete
Composer: Jasper Gahunia with additional music provided by Mitchell Akiyama
Required technicians: 3
Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with La Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and the New England Foundation for the Arts (U.S.A.). With generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Residencies hosted by Salle Pauline-Julien (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) and the Maison de la culture Mercier of the Réseau Accès Culture (Montreal, Quebec).
© Photos by Samuel Rigaux