Dance “stretches” across styles

Experience Montreal’s vibrant dance scene first-hand when RUBBERBANDance Group presents Vic’s Mix at Oliver’s Venables Theatre on Saturday April 13. Reflecting the freedom and openness of the ebullient Quebec dance scene, this one-of-a kind dance troupe will bring their unique style and choreographic method to BC this spring.

Founded in Montreal in 2002 by artistic director Victor Quijada, RUBBERBAND was immediately recognized for its complex, physically demanding choreography which brings together breakdancing, classical ballet and dance theatre.

Since then, RUBBERBAND has become a touring sensation, representing Canada at the Expo is Japan and presenting many hundreds of performances throughout Quebec and Canada along with frequent tours to Holland, Belgium, the United States, Mexico and England.

In 2016, the company brought Vic’s Mix to the stage with both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” the company’s work and orchestrating the creative clash between urban pop and classical composition. The performance spans the immense territory explored by RUBBERBAND, extracting jewels from their creative repertoire.

Choreographer and artistic director Victor Quijada was born in California in 1976 to Mexican parents. Over the past dozen years, he has developed a unique style of choreography that extols the various artistic influences that stimulated him as a dancer – the power and spontaneity of hip hop, the rigour and virtuosity of ballet, along with the evocative power of contemporary dance. Vic’s Mix also features the lighting design of Yan Lee Chan, original music by Jasper Gahunia along with the “mix” of various classical composers and costume design by Camille Thibault-Bédard.

RUBBERBANDance Group is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with the Coast Oliver Hotel.

Don’t miss RUBBERBANDance on Saturday April 13th at 7:30pm at the Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala Street, Oliver. Tickets are only $29 (students $15) and are available online at www.venablestheatre.ca

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