RUBBERBAND: A group of people all falling in a different direction. They are all wearing work jumpsuits of various earth tones. The background is black and there is a spotlight on the performers.

Rubberband

Photo Credit: Marie-Noële Pilon

Ever So Slightly

“Like molecules heating up in close quarters, the performers are wild yet controlled. Their specificity of movement coupled with breathtaking velocity conjures images of brutality and violence. Dressed in drab prison coveralls, the performers seem caught in a riot that soon becomes a revolution. Coalescing and rebounding, they manifest the shared impulses of people pursuing a common end.”

– Cecily Placenti, The Dance Enthusiast.

Rubberband

Ever So Slightly

January 7th, 8th, 8:00 PM, Sir James Dunn Theatre
$35.00 Adults; $32.50 Seniors; $20 Students / Arts Worker (General Seating)

In RUBBERBAND, Victor Quijada reconciles the two poles that inhabit him: the spontaneity, risk, and fearlessness of the Hip-Hop culture of the American West Coast where he grew up, and the choreographic refinement of contemporary dance, the milieu in which he developed as a professional dancer. The revolutionary character of the aesthetic Victor has created is illustrated in close to thirty works during seventeen years of artistic research. Imbued with the inherent independence of the street and a sharply perceptive sense of staging, his choreographies explore human relations, particularly focussing on the passion of obsession, the brutality of violence, and the delicacy needed for tragedy and comedy.

With his street-dancer sensibility intact, Victor Quijada seeks to integrate the spontaneity of Hip-Hop circles into stage performance and break down the barrier between performers and audience, as often as possible.

Besides his performance and film works, Victor has developed a training program, the RUBBERBAND Method, that prepares professional dancers for the choreographic requirements of the company. This program initiates dancers to the hybridity of a movement influenced by both urban and contemporary dance, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, rhythmic variations, and partnering. Workshops and lecture presentations are offered regularly during company tours.

Ever So Slightly
Victor Quijada is back, with ten dancer-athletes in top form. Ever So Slightly explores the behavioural mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressivity no longer have a place? Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, finesse, and high-voltage action, the choreographer conveys all the energy contained in urgency, revolt, chaos, and flight.

The premiere of Ever So Slightly took place in December 2018 at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, in Montreal.