RUBBERBAND

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30pm

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Founded in Montreal in 2002 by b-boy, ballet dancer and Guggenheim fellow Victor Quijada, RUBBERBAND’s Reckless Underdog takes the company’s genre-bending style to new heights. This larger-than-life performance features music by Jasper Gahunia, Kid Koala, Vlooper from Alaclair Ensemble, and Chilly Gonzales. RUBBERBAND has represented Canadian artistic innovation across the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan. At the forefront of Montreal’s dance community, the company is recognized internationally for its original vision of contemporary dance.

The ensemble’s creation, Reckless Underdog, features 12 dancers who come together in three acts, taking on a lyrical and figurative dissection of movement, exploring the limits of time and space. Each part offers a unique proposition, three distinct universes in terms of stage space, aesthetic choices and music. The first act, inspirited by classical ballet, takes place in a circumscribed and luminous environment where the rules of pas de deux are redefined. The second act is more experimental, with an abstract and minimal approach to movement. The final act deconstructs the practice of break cypher, in a dark, oppressive, but festive atmosphere.

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Victor Quijada was artist-in-residence at Usine C (2004 and 2006) and at Place des Arts (2007-2011), and has won many awards, including Britain’s National Dance Award for Outstanding Modern Repertory (2003), the Bonnie Bird North American Award (2003, U.K.), the Peter Darrell Choreography Award (2003, U.K.), the International Touring Award of the Canadian Dance Alliance (2012), and two awards from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (Choreography Fellowship, 2010; Work in Progress Residency, 2016).

In December 2017, Victor Quijada received the award for Cultural Diversity at the Prix de la danse de Montréal and was, in 2019, one of the finalists for the 34th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal as well as among the four finalists for the 2019 Charles-Biddle Prize, instigated by Culture pour tous and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation and Inclusion (MIFI). In 2024, Victor has been named Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his choreographic work, a prestigious recognition for all his achievements.

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