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November 21, 2013

Danse Danse presents 'Quotient Empirique'

MONTREAL — Get ready for a body — and mind — bending performance.

Danse Danse presents RubberbanDance Group’s production of “Quotient Empirique,” a new work choreographed by Victor Quijada at Cinquieme Salle of Place des Arts for a dozen performances on now through Saturday, Dec. 7.

The RubberbanDance Group company name stems twofold.

“I’ve taken all these influences that I’ve come in contact with, bring them together and try to expand and stretch the boundaries between different dance genres,” said the affable Victor Quijada, the show choreographer and the founder and co-artistic director of the dance troupe. “It’s the idea of stretching the drawers that we put each thing into and bending the rules into doing what we need them to do.”

Quijada also embraced the moniker as a nickname. As an adolescent, he was totally immersed in a new subculture of music called hip hop.

“Now it’s popular culture, but back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I picked up the nickname ‘Rubberband.’”

Quijada calls that chapter in his life a “very special moment.” A young Mexican-American, Quijada left his Baldwin Park, Calif., public high school, just east of Los Angeles, and began attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

“And I was exposed to art with a capital ‘A,’” he said. “And different ideas of minimalism and surrealism and abstraction took hold.”

It was the first time that Quijada was exposed to and garnered inspiration from the likes of the music of Stravinsky; the plays of Samuel Beckett; and the artworks of Magritte, Dali and Picasso.

“That was a completely different world for me,” he said. “Before that I didn’t know what art was.”

Today, Quijada continues to draw upon his eclectic artistic beginnings.

“It was an immediate eye-opener. It was so profound,” he said. “So now I channel that window of time full of hip-hop ciphers and couple that into beautiful moments in order to continue to explore and discover.”

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