Friday, February 1st, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
When RBDG played the Mac in 2008 it sold out and brought the audience to its feet with its fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and break-dancing. This explosive company returns during YAM Magazine's Dance Days, and it's sure to be a sell-out.
About RUBBERBANDance Group:
As an artist, Victor Quijada’s trajectory has been unique with unexpected forays into different genres and experiences. Raised in south central LA, as a young teenager Quijada was a break-dancer who because of his remarkable agility earned the nickname Rubberband. He later attended the LA high School for the performing arts, spent three years in New York dancing for the Twyla Tharp company (contemporary) while he took ballet classes in his off time to “catch up” to the other dancers employed in the company. Eventually Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montréal) called and he was soon dancing principal roles in neo-classical ballet repertoire.
When he created RUBBERBANDance with Plamondon in 2002, Quijada was seeking a way to bring together all of these experiences and forge a new dance language. Early efforts included dancing hip hop/break to classical scores. In recent years, however, his investigation has gone deeper. Still very influenced and inspired by his early experiences on the streets of LA, Quijada’s newest work is an exciting fusion of styles. He rejects the virtuosic tricks common to urban dance forms (the spins and flares) interested instead in how this new language can give expression to larger ideas and emotional states.