VICTOR QUIJADA

Ever So Slightly ​

Choregrapher : Victor Quijada

Interpretation : Amara Barner, Jean Bui, Béatrice Larrivée, Sydney McManus, Dana Pajarillaga, Jerimy Rivera, Zack Tang, Ryan Taylor, Paco Ziel

Lighting Design : Yan Lee Chan

Original Music : Jasper Gahunia

Costumes : Cloé Alain-Gendreau

Dramaturgy : Mathieu Leroux

Production manager : Florence Cardinal

 

Ever So Slightly is coproduced by Danse Danse, Place des Arts and Corporation Hector-Charland and benefits from the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The premier of Ever So Slighting will take place December 5th, 2018 at Theatre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts in Montreal

 

Website : RUBBERBANDance Group

Description

Ever So Slightly

 

With the world in upheaval, we constantly struggle to avoid succumbing to the external forces that oppress us, and to the even darker forces within us. Victor Quijada is back: this time, on a huge stage stage with 10 dancers at the top of their form: a vast performance space for a production on steroids.

 

Ever So Slightly explores behavioural mechanisms – the reflexes we develop to face the ceaseless flow of irritants bombarding us every day. Most of us harbour a desire for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggression no longer have a place? Capable of delivering delicacy, finesse, brutality, and high-voltage action, in this work, the choreographer deploys his RUBBERBAND Method – mastered by an unconventional group – to capture the energy of urgency, revolt, and flight from danger.

 

Victor Quijada delves into new territory, surprising us yet again.

Biography

Victor Quijada - Choreographer

Award-winning choreographer Victor Quijada is the founder of RUBBERBANDance Group and creator of the RUBBERBAND Method.

 

From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with acclaimed postmodern and ballet companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Victor Quijada was recognized as a magnetic and expansive dancer early in his career. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance aesthetics, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.

 

Impelled to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor founded RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of expressive genres. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. He has created more than 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and in commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, Europe and Asia.

 

Victor Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method as a bridge to connect diverse movement styles. He teaches this technique internationally at conservatories and universities by coaching dancers to transition masterfully between opposing dance worlds, enabling them to combine balletic lines and grace, contemporary angles and distortion, with hip hop dynamics and break power-moves. Since 2011, Victor has directed the intensive summer dance workshop at the Domaine Forget and, since 2010, has acted as choreographer at the annual Springboard Danse Montréal event. He was artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal from 2007 to 2011 and was recently named artist-in-residence at the new Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California for the 2015-2016/2016-2017 season.

 

As a guest choreographer, Victor Quijada is regularly invited to create new works for circus, theatre and dance companies, including repeat commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and Les 7 doigts de la main. His prestigious awards include the Bonnie Bird North American Award, the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Foundation award for Choreography Fellowship in 2010. A second price from the PGF was awarded to him with the 2016 Work in Progress Residency.

 

With over a dozen film credits to his name, Victor has been choreographer, director, and dramaturge in music videos, art film projects, and television productions. His short film Hasta La Próxima was a finalist at the 2004 American Choreography Awards; his choreography in the K-OS music video Man I Used to Be won a 2005 Choreography Media Honor and Gravity of Center won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. He was highlighted as one of Canada’s hottest performance artists in the documentary series Freedom featured in Dance Magazine’s “On The Rise” section and has an article dedicated to him in the Canadian Encyclopedia.