The Post Hip Hop Project is a recurrant special project involving choreographic workshops and presentations, designed for young Montreal street dancers. Under the mentorship of Victor Quijada, emerging artists can test and develop their skills. RUBBERBANDance Group wanted to participate in the new juncture of urban dance evolution by sharing its expertise with young creators and giving them the chance to present their work to the public.
The first edition of the Post Hip Hop Project took place in March 2009 during RUBBERBANDance Group’s Place des Arts residency. It was inspired by the success of Jawbreaker, a November 2007 presentation in which key members of Montreal’s breaking community performed choreography by Victor Quijada, in Studio 303’s Movement in Slang / Vernissage-danse #135 program.
The second edition of the PHHP, held in Châteauguay in 2010, went a step further, addressing a selection of young Montreal choreographers influenced by urban dance forms, offering them creation time, choreographic mentorship, a lighting residency, and two public performances at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts.
In 2011, the third edition of the PHHP was presented by Quartiers Danses at Maison de la Culture Frontenac. The experimental creation laboratory featured pillars of the breaking, popping, and club dance scene.
© Antoine Ryan