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About the company:
DanceWorks is one of Canada's leading presenters of independent contemporary dance, which supports the creation, production and dissemination of groundbreaking choreography by professional dance artists. DanceWorks presents inspired work by gifted creators drawing from a belief in the power of dance to illuminate, engage and transform all that participate.
Victor Quijada was born in Los Angeles, where, from a young age, he was deeply influenced by hip hop culture. Victor re-imagined, deconstructed and applied choreographic principles to the hip hop ideology of his youth. Molding diverse artistic influences into a signature choreographic style, he formed RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work, which examines human relationships through a seamless marriage of classical, contemporary and urban aesthetics, is performed internationally.
From 2007-2011 he was artist-in-residence at Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts de Montreal. International honours include the 2010 Princess Grace Awards' Choreographic Fellowship, the 2009 OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize, the Bonnie Bird North American Award, and the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award (UK).
November 16 – 17, 2012Dance
Performed by five powerhouse dancers to a soundtrack by DJ Lil'Jaz, Victor Quijada's Gravity of Center channels the ferocity of hip hop in a perfectly refined choreographic language.
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