Loan Sharking

Loan Sharking is a program of repertory works. Presenting a view of the multiple lyrical and physical possibilities of RUBBERBANDance Group’s research, the program is based on the concept of retrieving and appropriating choreographies created by Victor Quijada for special events and in commissions for other dance companies.

The first act includes three short pieces, each exploring Quijada’s unique hip-hop-influenced movement vocabulary, set to non-hip-hop music. Dr Ib Erif, danced to Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, was created in 2008 for a televised event in collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Soft Watching the First Implosion, set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in A minor, was created in 2005 for Peter Boal & Company. Attempt #2 at Reinventing the Hip-Hop Routine was created in 2002, set to the music of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five. The second act, Punto Ciego Abreviado, is a short version of the full-length work, Punto Ciego.

Loan Sharking premiered in 2009 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahalui, Hawaii.


75 minutes with intermission


Choregrapher: Victor Quijada

Original Cast:  Louise Michel Jackson, Mariusz Ostrowski, Anne Plamondon, Victor Quijada, Lila-Mae G.Talbot, and Frédéric Tavernini

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan

Composer: Dave Brubeck, Jasper Gahunia, Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Vivaldi

Costume Designer: Anne-Marie Veevaete

Required technicians: 3

Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group. Residencies hosted by the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal and Circuit-Est Centre chorégraphique. With generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project (presentation grant), the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

© Photo by Chris Randle