Redrawing the Boundaries of Contemporary Dance

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Classical meets street in an energetic, innovative must-see

RUBBERBANDance Group, a vibrant Montréal-based dance organization, is recognized worldwide for its innovative and significant contribution to dance over the past seventeen years.

The organization, founded and led by choreographer Victor Quijada, has developed its own unique dance style, the RUBBERBAND Method, which combines the energy of Hip Hop, the refinement of classical ballet, and the angular quality of contemporary dance. This technique emphasizes transitioning from vertical to horizontal and prepares dancers with classical or contemporary training for floor work. The method is now taught throughout the world in university programs, workshops, and master classes.

Quijada deconstructed the choreographic principles he had learned, blending them with the raw ideology of his street dance origins. He has created numerous short works and 14 full-length productions, all distinguished by a powerful theatricality, the energy of improvisation, and certain aspects of film language, all sculpted with the incomparable precision of movement.

Vic’s Mix highlights the innovations of Quijada’s choreography and experiments in a performance that is sometimes humorous and, at times, emotional. The piece samples and connects the group’s seminal works which cemented the company’s choreographic identity. The music for the production includes original music by Jasper Gahunia and bold additions from other composers including Prokofiev, Verdi, Bach, and Vivaldi. Catch Vic’s Mix on The ACT Mainstage on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 pm

Tickets are available by calling 604-476-2787 or online at theactmapleridge.org.

Vic’s Mix is a production of RUBBERBANDance Group with the support of the Festival International DansEncore, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Anna Black