Empirical Quotient

Over the past ten years, the remarkable duo of Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon has brilliantly developed the distinctive signature that is the hallmark of RUBBERBANDance Group. Through the RUBBERBAND Method, a unique style of movement is brought to full fruition in the bodies of six exceptional performers whose backgrounds range from classical, contemporary, and urban dance to circus arts. In Empirical Quotient, choreographer Victor Quijada uses an artistic approach that is part character study, part compositional dissertation, to explore human relationships through a theatrical but non-expository manner. Situations of dependence, rejection, empathy, and acceptance are woven together in a complex display of athleticism and precision. Quijada’s longtime collaborators, composer Jasper Gahunia and lighting designer Yan Lee Chan, have created the perfect setting for the choreographer’s continuing observations on the effects of time and experience on an individual’s self-perception and identity.

Empirical Quotient premiered in November 2013 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.


70 minutes


Choreographer: Victor Quijada

Dancers: Anne Plamondon, James Gregg, Franklin Luy, Zachary Tang, Lavinia Vago and Lea Ved. (Apprentices dancers: Marilyne Cyr and Arielle Locke).

Lighting Design and technical director: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Jasper Gahunia

Sound Operator: Éric Tremblay

Production Manager: Julie Brosseau Doré

Costume Design: Julie Charland

Required technicians: 3

Empirical Quotient is a production of RUBBERBANDance Group and a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse, Grand Theatre Kingston, Guelph Dance, Le Theatre Hector-Charland, and la Société de la Place des Arts, with the kind collaboration of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

With generous support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Michael Slobodian