City Thread

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.

City Thread premiered on August 29, 2017, in Montreal, on the Esplanade of Place des Arts, as part of the celebration of the 375th anniversary of the city.


30 minutes


ChoreographyVictor Quijada

Dancers : Amara Barner, Jean Bui, Béatrice Larrivée, Sydney McManus, Dana Pajarillaga, Sovann Prom Tep, Jerimy Rivera, Zack Tang, Paco Ziel.
Les étudiants.tes de l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec et les finissants.tes de l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

Original Music : Jasper Gahunia

Costumes : Cloé Alain-Gendreau

Production Manager : Marjorie Quessy

Production Assistants : Florence Cardinal et Mathieu Leroux

City Thread is produced by RUBBERBANDance Group within the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. With the invaluable help of ANAGRAPH, Place des Arts, TechnoMontréal, l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec et l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

RUBBERBANDance Group acknowledges the financial help of Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, du Conseil des arts de Montréal, Ontario Arts Council, and various partnerships with Valérie Truong Acuponcture Sportive, Kinatex Rockland, Luis Aledo, Azzuan, HOTEL10, GURU and Blue Spike.

© Photo : Marie-Noële Pilon