RUBBERBANDance bouncing on to Venables stage

Showing off the best of its world-renowned work, the Montreal-based RUBBERBANDance Group will be in Oliver Saturday evening, performing at the Frank Venables Theatre.

The family-friendly show is described as a “creative clash between urban pop and classical composition” — which translated means high-energy, some serious choreography and a whole lot of fun.

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 while making 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. The performance spans the immense territory explored by RUBBERBAND, extracting jewels from their creative repertoire.

The show is choreographed by artistic director Victor Quijada, who 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 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.

The show is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start at the Venables.

Tickets are only $29 (students $15) and available online at venablestheatre.ca.

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