A past master in the art of creating hybrid forms that mix elements of classical, contemporary and urban street dance, the Montrealer of American and Mexican heritage Victor Quijada is back in force with a piece for six dancers about nostalgia, regret and the changing nature of our identities. An electrifying, virtuoso performance accessible to all!
Over the past 10 years with the RUBBERBANDance Group, Victor Quijada has combined to varying degrees ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, break dance and theatre. He sees himself as not only a classical dancer but also a B-boy and contemporary dancer, and borrows and blends dance motifs from these different styles in order to express their primary essence or push them into intriguing new transformations. With an eye for innovations and new trends, he continues to build bridges between the stage and the street, incorporating new techniques from popping to the robot and tutting. He has developed a unique signature in a close and fruitful partnership with his accomplice Anne Plamondon, passing on their distinct approach to other dancers in their company.
In this new choreography he pursues the research he undertook in 2011 in Gravity of Center by working on the notion of the herd instinct and the movement of the pack. The characters in the piece are made to measure for his six dancers, with the focus on exploring human relationships, a recurring theme in his artistic approach. Another theme implicit in this abstract work is identity and the perception each person has of himself, which changes over time and with life experience, leaving in its wake a touch of nostalgia, and sometimes even a few regrets.
“There’s no one else like him in Canada that I’ve seen, experimenting and refining a personal vision with such a unique blend of movement expertise – from street to classical to post-modern – and using it all in a full artistic expression.” (The Dance Current, Canada)
“Victor Quijada stretches the boundaries of dance like a rubber band with no breaking point — just pure elastic imagination.” (Bradenton Herald, Florida, review of Loan Sharking)
Photo 1 © Tim Forbes. Interprètes : Zachary Tang, Franklin Luy, Lavinia Vago, Lea Ved, Katherine Cowie.
Photo 2 © Tim Forbes. Interprètes : Lavinia Vago, Lea Ved, Zachary Tang, Franklin Luy, James Gregg.
Photo 3 © Tim Forbes. Interprètes : James Gregg, Katherine Cowie.
Photo © Paolo Santos
Victor Quijada was born in California in 1976 to Mexican parents. Over the past dozen years, he has developed a unique style of choreography that extols the various artistic influences that stimulated him as a dancer – the power and spontaneity of hip hop, the rigour and virtuosity of ballet, the evocative power of contemporary dance and its use of time and space. At times he plays with time and reality by means of video or opts for...Read more about Victor Quijada
Founded in 2002 by Victor Quijada and co-directed since 2005 with Anne Plamondon, the RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) is a unique artistic crossroads, with its fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop. From that exploratory base the choreographer Victor Quijada draws from the roots of urban and break dance, retaining the spontaneity of the form while creating a contemporary style based on a concept that combines dance and theatre,...Read more about Groupe RUBBERBANDance
Choreographer Victor Quijada
Composer Jasper Gahunia
Lighting Designer Yan Lee Chan
Costume Designer Julie Charland
Dancers Katherine Cowie, James Gregg, Franklin Luy, Zachary Tang, Lavinia Vago, Lea Ved
Technical Director and Sound Director Éric Tremblay
Production Manager Julie Brosseau Doré
This new work is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse and Place des Arts, Grand Théâtre de Québec, Guelph Dance, Le Théâtre Hector-Charland and La danse sur les routes du Québec, and by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.