With his street dancer’s sensibility, Victor Quijada has consistently sought to transpose the immediacy of hip-hop circles into conventional compositional display, shattering habitual formats in countless ways in hopes that the public will experience dance as a participatory event rather than as passive spectators.
In Metabolism, the first full-length piece created for RUBBERBANDance Group, Victor brought this concern to the forefront. In an immersive experience, the audience is taken through the choreographer’s evolution as an artist: from performances in small club venues through formal artistic and classical influences, the theatre space alters as the piece develops. The video projections, site-specific choreographic relationships to architecture, audience interaction, and environmental set design were experimentations that would further inform and eventually lead to subsequent creations Slicing Static, AV Input/Output, and Punto Ciego.
Metabolism was presented in the DNA: Définition Non-Applicable event at Espace Tangente in Montreal in March 2003.
75 minutes with intermission
Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Artistic Consultant: Miko Sobreira
Lighting Design: Caroline Nadeau
Costumes: Triple Five Soul
Set Design: Victor Quijada
Required technicians: 3
© Photo by Peter Martin