Elastic Perspective

Elastic Perspective was a program of selected works created during the first two years of RUBBERBANDance Group’s existence, highlighting the range of this extraordinary group and the perfect marriage of explosive hip-hop physicality and subtly profound storytelling. In these short pieces, Victor Quijada realized his initial desire to investigate human relationships through an innovative mix of hip-hop dynamics and contemporary classicism.

The shorter pieces in the first half of Elastic Perspective were examples of Victor’s early experiments in merging classical and hip-hop aesthetics, either by setting hip-hop movement to classical music or jazz, or by having a classically-trained body dance to the hip-hop beat. The second part was the quartet Hasta La Próxima, created for the Urban Dance series at Espace Tangente in Montreal.

Elastic Perspective won the RIDEAU Prize and toured Canada in 2004. A re-mount grant in 2006 allowed the reformatting of the work as Elastic Perspective Redux, which remained in the company’s touring repertory until 2009. In later incarnations, sections of other pieces made their way into the program.

Elastic Perspective premiered in April 2003 at Festival Vue sur la relève in Montreal.

Length

75 minutes with intermission

Credits

Choreographer: Victor Quijada 

Original Cast: Various dancers according to the piece arrangements, including Joe-Danny Aurelien, Diana Diaz, Jacques-Wood “Jayko” Eloï, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada

Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau, Yan Lee Chan

Costume Design: Triple 5 Soul, Caroline Boisvert

Music: various

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group with generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Chris Randle