RUBBERBANDance Group



Choreographer and dancer Victor Quijada founded RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) as a vehicle to manifest his unique choreographic identity through the creation of powerful and innovative dance works. The mandate of the company, also led by dancer and artistic co-director Anne Plamondon, consists of creating, producing, and disseminating these works nationally and internationally in performances, films, and special events.

With RBDG, Victor Quijada reconciles his opposing dance worlds and their aesthetics: the spontaneity, fearlessness and risk-taking of his younger years in hip-hop culture and the refinement and choreographic maturity of the ballet and contemporary works he immersed himself in as a professional dancer. Victor’s position as a pioneer of this ground-breaking movement form is demonstrated by a decade of research and more than a dozen creations. Beating with the fresh pulse of street attitude and an acute understanding of theatrical staging, his choreographies explore human relationships by harnessing the ardour of obsession, the shock of violence, and the delicate nature of tenderness, comedy, and tragedy with a great deal of honesty and courage.

Carrying within him the sensibility of a street dancer, Victor Quijada has consistently sought to bring the immediacy of hip-hop circles into the compositional display frame, shattering conventional presentation formats. He has tested alternative venues, carried out impromptu performances, and broken the performer/audience barrier in countless ways, in hopes that the public will experience dance as a participatory event rather than as passive spectators.

In addition to the stage and film creations, Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon have developed a training technique to prepare qualified professional dancers for the demands of Victor’s choreography. This program introduces dancers to a movement hybrid influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabularies, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, the use of rhythmic variations, and partnering. Workshops, lecture-demonstrations, post-show Q&As, and school performances are also regularly offered as part of company touring activities.

Company History- Founded in 2002, the Montreal-based company immediately surprised and delighted audiences and critics with three creations presented at Espace Tangente over two seasons, while presenting several smaller works in mixed programs and self-produced evenings around the city. Tender Loving Care and Hasta La Próxima were both chosen in Le Devoir’s “Top 5 in Dance for 2002”, while Elastic Perspective began a 100-performance run in 2003 after winning the RIDEAU Prize at the Vue sur la relève festival. During the 2003-2004 season, RUBBERBANDance Group was granted a residency at Usine C for the creation of Slicing Static, named best dance production of 2004 by the Montreal cultural weekly Hour.

In 2005, Anne Plamondon joined as artistic co-director, assisting Victor Quijada with the company’s strategic planning. Another residency at Usine C in 2006 was followed by a four-year stint as artists-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts. During that period, four new works were created: Loan Sharking and AV Input/Output in 2008, Punto Ciego in 2009, and Gravity of Center in 2011; these works benefitted from the support of numerous partnerships.

Gravity of Center- 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.

The dance piece 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

MichaŽl Slobodian

photo by:
MichaŽl Slobodian
Gravity of Center

Gravity of Center

Jocelyn Michel

photo by:
Jocelyn Michel
Gravity of Center

Punto Ciego

Punto Ciego

Jocelyn Michel

photo by:
Jocelyn Michel
RUBBERBANDance Group