In a space out of time, Victor Quijada’s raw movement expresses the adversarial relationship between the individual and the group. Each being is both at the centre of the world and orbiting around others. Interdependence is obvious, and struggles are inevitable. Five dancers – a family, a nomadic tribe or an entire people – interweave, fight, manifest their cravings, and hustle in an astonishing fluidity of action – all of this merely to survive.
Gravity of Center successfully contains the ferocity of hip hop within a perfectly refined choreographic language. Between dynamic rhythms and physical prowess, the unique vocabulary of RUBBERBANDance Group is at the epicentre of the company’s twelfth creation.
Victor Quijada has once again called upon his longtime collaborators, Yan Lee Chan, who sculpts the space by his lighting, and Jasper Gahunia (DJ Lil’ Jaz), who creates an aural atmosphere that is a true link to RBDG’s visual and physical aesthetic.
Gravity of Center premiered in April 2011 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.
Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Performers: Elon Höglund, Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Daniel Mayo, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada,
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Composer: Jasper Gahunia
Costume Designer: Julie Charland
Required technicians: 3
Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with La Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal. With residencies hosted by the Cinquième Salle of the Place des Arts, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, and Festival Danse Encore (Trois-Rivières, Quebec).
With generous support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
© Photos by Jocelyn Michel