2020-21 Northrop Season
Apr 08, 2021
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Apr 15, 2021
Mixed repertory program
Spanning RUBBERBAND’S 19 years
Artist Q&A following the performance
“Three points of contact” defines choreographer and RUBBERBAND founder Victor Quijada’s work and style as an unusually difficult yet expressive and highly athletic dance form that connects dancers to the stage, or each other, with three body parts. The three points describe his technique and also Quijada’s trio of cultures: Mexican heritage, Los Angeles upbringing, and French-Canadian residency. Vic’s Mix extracts notable works from Quijada’s extensive repertory as both a classically trained dancer and b-boy performer in a humorous yet thoughtful program filled with dance theater and both classical and original music.
“With a unique blend of break dancing, ballet, and modern that draws from Quijada’s broad and impressive dance career, ‘Vic’s Mix’ brings street dance to the concert hall with his singular choreographic vision.” (Communique)
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Notes from Northrop Director of Programming Kristen Brogdon
I first worked with Victor Quijada during my time at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and have enjoyed watching his Rubberband technique develop since that time. Victor’s unique voice is a factor of his multiple identities. He also uses the language and technique of film in his choreography and has created and participated extensively in the art form known as “dance for the camera.” You can see an example of his screendance work as part of our Film Series this year. Victor has assembled and trained a strong company of dancers who embody his technique, and I think RUBBERBAND in Vic’s Mix is the perfect introduction to his work for our Northrop audience. The program is a “greatest hits” overview of RUBBERBAND’s 18-year history and highlights the company’s musicality, cinematic sensibility, and characteristic technique.
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ABOUT THE COMPANY
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.
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Executive Director: Fannie Bellefeuille
Production Manager: Véronique Perreault
Technical Director: Marcin Bunar
Lighting Designer: Jon Cleveland
Communications Officer: Erika Malot
Photo by Bill Herbert
With both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” spanning the immense creative territory explored by Quijada, extracting jewels from the choreographer’s repertoire. In a remix of his own work, orchestrating the clash between urban pop and classical composition, Quijada goes further in his experiments defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations, while making sure that each body gravitating onstage in the highly athletic segments exemplifies the RUBBERBAND Method.
The premiere of Vic’s Mix took place in June 2016 as part of the Festival International DansEncore in the Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau of the Maison de la Culture in Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada).
Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Dancers: Amara Barner, Jean Bui, Daniela Jezerinac, Sydney McManus, Jessica Muszynski, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Jerimy Rivera, Sovann Rochon Prom-Tep, Paco Ziel
Lighting Designer: Yan Lee Chan
Musical Director: Jasper Gahunia
Sound and Light Operator: Marcin Bunar
Costumes: Camille Thibault-Bédard
Vic’s Mix is a RUBBERBAND production supported by 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.
This program, with introduction, will run approximately 85 minutes.
Music: Romeo & Juliet Op. 64
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Dancers: Amara Barner, Jean Bui, Sydney Mcmanus, Jerimy Rivera, and Paco Ziel
Meditations on the Gift
Music: Enter Woven (excerpt)
Composer: Jasper Gahunia
Dancers: Brontë Poiré-Prest and Jerimy Rivera
sHip sHop Shape Shifting (excerpt)
Music: Partita (excerpt)
Composer: J.S. Bach
Dancers: Sydney Mcmanus and Sovann Rochon Prom-Tep
Music: Summer Movement from Four Seasons – Violin concerto in G minor (excerpt)
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Dancers: Jean Bui, Daniela Jezerinac, Brontë Poiré-Prest, and Paco Ziel
Before Back Then
Music: Le Badinage
Composer: Marin Marais
Dancers: Jean Bui and Paco Ziel
Music: La Traviata (excerpt)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Dancers: Sydney McManus and Jerimy Rivera
Dr Ib Erif
Music: Firebird (excerpt)
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Dancers: Daniela Jezerinac, Sydney McManus, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Jerimy Rivera, Sovann Rochon Prom-Tep, and Paco Ziel
Soft Watching the First Implosion
Music: Concerto in A minor RV 420 (Andante)
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Dancers: Jerimy Rivera, Sovann Rochon Prom-Tep, and Paco Ziel
Second Coming – Magic Trio (excerpt)
Music: Second Coming (excerpt)
Composer: Jasper Gahunia
Dancers: Jean Bui, Sydney Mcmanus, and Paco Ziel
Punto Ciego – Square Section
Music: Punto Ciego (excerpt)
Composer: Jasper Gahunia
Dancers: Jean Bui, Daniela Jezerinac, Sydney Mcmanus, Jessica Muszynski, Jerimy Rivera, and Paco Ziel
From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with dance companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Victor Quijada created RUBBERBAND as a vehicle to fuse the form and rigor of post-modern, contemporary, and classical ballet with the ideology and movement vocabulary of the Hip-Hop culture he grew up with.
Since 2002 Quijada has choreographed close to 30 pieces both within the company structure and through commissions, and has created award-winning film and video works as choreographer, director, or dramaturge.
Victor originally developed the RUBBERBAND Method to train his company members for the specific demands of his choreography; now, RUBBERBAND Method workshops and classes are conducted at numerous international festivals, conservatories, and universities.
Photo by Isabel Rancier
Amara Barner began competitive dance training at age three in Minneapolis. As a teenager, she traveled as an assistant to several choreographers of The PULSE on Tour and Intrigue Dance Convention. This professional development in Los Angeles and New York brought opportunities to perform and conduct workshops in Australia, Mexico, England, and Italy. After moving to New York City at age 15, Amara worked for television, performed in local festivals, and participated in the creation and performance of several works with Isodoc Dance Group. Featured in Dance Magazine’s July 2020 issue as an artist “On the Rise,” Amara has toured internationally with Vic’s Mix and participated in the creation process as well as in the ongoing performances of Ever So Slightly since she joined RUBBERBAND in 2016.
Jean Bui studied visual arts and earned his BA in Contemporary Dance at Université du Québec à Montréal. Over the course of his career, Jean has had the opportunity to work with George Stamos, Katya Montaignac, and Andrea Peña, along with many appearances in music videos and commercials. Jean started a collective with company member Sydney McManus in which they generate collaborative works that explore functionality. He has danced with RUBBERBAND since 2015.
Daniela Jezerinac was born in Mississauga (ON), where she began her dance training at a local studio. While continuing to pursue her artistic career at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she performed several works by José Limón, Colin Connor, and Robert Glumbek. In the fall of 2019, she completed her BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, where she had the honour of performing pieces choreographed by Kevin Wynn, Alexandra Beller, and Hannah Garner. Daniela joined RUBBERBAND in 2018.
Sydney McManus, originally from London (ON) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal. Her experience as a freelance artist includes performances with TOES for Dance, Frog in Hand, and Alysa Pires Dance Projects. She is exploring her own choreographic work together with collaborator Jean Bui. They will premiere their first full-length work in 2021-22. Besides her work in performance, Sydney is a practicing visual artist and is continuing her studies at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has taught the RUBBERBAND Method at Springboard Danse Montréal, TransFormation Danse, and at Domaine Forget. Sydney has created, performed, and toured internationally since joining RUBBERBAND in 2016.
Jessica Joy Muszynski is a Canadian dancer and choreographer originally from Burnaby, B.C., where she trained in ballet at the Richmond Academy of Dance before moving to Calgary in 2012. In May 2019, she earned a BFA in dance from the University of Southern California, performing in excerpts of works by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, and Victor Quijada. After graduation, Jessica starred in a music video by the band half•alive, which received over two million views. She danced with Aszure Barton & Artists during the creation process of the company’s work, Where There’s Form. Jessica moved to Montréal to dance with RUBBERBAND in 2019.
Brontë Poiré-Prest hails from Montréal. She fell in love with the art of movement at L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, where she had the good fortune to collaborate with renowned choreographers Angélique Willkie, Hélène Blackburn, and Alan Lake, among others. After graduating, she was invited to work at several well-established companies in Montréal, including Van Grimde Corps Secrets and Le Carré des Lombes, and as a freelancer for Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Brontë joined RUBBERBAND in 2018.
Jerimy Rivera, a native of New York City, practiced gymnastics from an early age, but after several experiences with New York City Ballet, he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to dance. After training with Steps on Broadway, he broadened his stylistic reach to contemporary dance, Hip Hop, jazz ballet, and musical theatre dance. While an adolescent, he studied for two years at the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre under Franco Devita and Raymond Lukens before joining Manhattan Youth Ballet. Rivera continued his training at The French Academie of Ballet under François Perron and Nadège Hottier; in 2012, he toured with West Side Story – The Musical. In 2013, he moved to Montréal, where he danced with Les Grands Ballets canadiens for four years. Rivera joined RUBBERBAND in 2017.
Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, aka Promo, grew up immersed in Montréal's breaking community. He became a member of the Sweet Technique group, with whom he participated in many competitions over the years, further developing his talent. To date, he has chalked up over thirty victories and is frequently invited to participate in competitions around the world, either as a participant or as a judge. His passion for the mastery of the body spurs him to enter the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2011. Since then, he has worked with RUBBERBAND, Animals of Distinction, Castel_Blast, 14 lieux, Wants&Needs Danse, Lilith & Cie, Susanna Hood, and Lucy May. Sovann continues to refine his approach through his own creations and the different workshops he teaches.
Paco Ziel, born in Mexico City, began his dance training at l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. An early interest in body awareness led him to discover diverse movement approaches such as Gaga, the RUBBERBAND Method, and Feldenkrais, as well as yoga and meditation. In 2014, he founded the multidisciplinary lab, Quantum Collective, whose work was presented twice by Tangente in Montréal. Paco has performed with Montréal-based artists and companies that include Edgar Zendejas, PPS Danse, Anne Plamondon, and Martin Messier. Since 2019, he has co-directed VIAS, a dance company that alternates between Montréal and Mexico City. He is a self-taught filmmaker and photographer with a main focus on the human body, movement, and natural landscapes. Paco has danced with RUBBERBAND since 2015, and is also the company’s artistic coordinator.
All photos by Isabel Rancier (except for Sovann Rochon Prom-Tep : photo by Christian Moreau)
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We’re so grateful to have you join us for these closing performances of our 2020-21 season at Northrop.
Without a doubt, it has been a season like no other. Yet, it has been so exciting and reassuring to see how Northrop and our many artistic partners have adapted and given us such thrilling, thought-provoking, and emotional performances to help us through these difficult times. The artists, their talent, and their creations are more important than ever. Thank you for giving Northrop the opportunity to share their incredible work with you.
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