Saturday, January 29, 2011 / Loeb Playhouse / 8 pm CREDITS CHOREOGRAPHER Victor Quijada LIGHTING DESIGNER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Yan Lee Chan MUSIC Igor Stravinsky (Firebird), Antonio Vivaldi (Cello Concerto in A minor), Dave Brubeck (Take Five) ORIGINAL MUSIC Jasper Gahunia COSTUME DESIGNER Anne-Marie Veevaete SOUND TECHNICIAN Timothy Rodrigues PERFORMERS Karen Castleman Elon Höglund Emmanuelle Lê Phan Daniel Mayo Anne Plamondon Victor Quijada Lila-Mae G. Talbot Produced by RUBBERBANDance Group in co-production with the Société de la Place des Arts (Montréal, Québec), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Ontario), and the New England Foundation for the Arts (United States). Residencies provided by Centennial Theatre (Lennoxville, Québec), Salle PaulineJulien (Sainte-Geneviève, Québec) and Maison de la culture Mercier du Réseau Accès Culture (Montréal, Québec). With generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS RUBBERBANDance Group would like to thank Michel Gagnon and the marvelous team of Place of Arts, H-Art Management, and all the dance community of Montréal for their help, their support, and the trust they showed toward our project. Anne Plamondon and Victor Quijada would also like to thank all the dancers and the partners, past and present, for their contribution to the development of RUBBERBANDance Group.
Rubberbandance Group ACT 1 Approximate duration: 30 minutes Dr Ib Erif Music: Igor Stravinsky— Firebird Created in 2008 for RUBBERBANDance Group as part of a televised event in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Soft Watching the First Implosion Music: Antonio Vivaldi—Cello Concerto in A minor Created in 2005 for Peter Boal & Company, featuring dancers from New York City Ballet Attempt #2 at Reinventing the Hip Hop Routine Music: Dave Brubeck—Take Five Created in 2002 for RUBBERBANDance Group, premiered at New York’s Central Park SummerStage Festival. Intermission ACT 2 Approximate duration: 30 minutes Punto Ciego Abreviado Music: Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil Jaz)
DESCRIPTION OF THE PIECE Since 2002, Victor Quijada has created works for special events and by commission for other dance companies. Loan Sharking is based on the idea of retrieving and appropriating these choreographies to create a new repertory program that offers a wide perspective on the many lyrical and physical possibilities of the particular vocabulary developed by RUBBERBANDance Group. This work exhibits the rich mix between contemporary dance and the techniques and textures of various street-dance forms. Refined over the last decade, this movement style coils tight and strong in the solar plexus, as arms and legs move freely, pushing and carving through space. Loan Sharking includes: Dr Ib Erif, created as part of a televised event with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Soft Watching the First Implosion, created for Peter Boal & Company; Attempt #2 at Reinventing the Hip Hop Routine, premiered at New York’s Central Park Summerstage Festival; and Punto Ciego Abreviado, a condensed version of the full-length piece Punto Ciego.
BIOGRAPHIES Karen Castleman / Dancer An alumna of Belhaven College (Jackson, Mississippi), Karen Castleman also studied at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet schools. In 2008 and 2009, she was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she performed works by Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and Doug Varone. Also in Chicago, she has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (2010), Momenta (20062010), and Hedwig Dances (2006). As a soloist, she toured throughout America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with Moses Pendleton’s MOMIX. She has participated in numerous special dance projects, including work by Myra Bazell for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Oxbridge Conference (Cambridge, England) with members of the Limón Dance Company. This is her first collaboration with RUBBERBANDance. Castleman lives in Chicago.
and performed in styles such as Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira and Kung Fu. In 1996 he won two gold medals in the Swedish Kung Fu championships. He then trained at a circus school in Stockholm and was given the opportunity to work with the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden. An acrobat, a contemporary dancer, a hip hop and a b-boy artist, Elon has been performing professionally since 2000. His talent was featured on TV in Sweden, Norway, South Korea and in the US on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After years of performing shows that combined contemporary circus, theatre and dance in Europe, Elon was hired by Cirque Du Soleil for the creation of Love, the Beatles Show in which he performed a contemporary dance solo. Höglund then performed for Cirque Eloize’s ID, and is now working with RBDG for its new creation, Gravity of Center. He is also still active in the b-boy scene and recently won the My Crew Is Better than Yours battle, alongside Fresh Format Crew.
Elon Höglund / Dancer Elon’s love for dance and hip hop started in the early ‘80s when the breakdance wave hit Sweden, his home country. But before dancing, Elon always cultivated a passion for martial arts. Since he was 8 years old, he trained, competed, taught
Emmanuelle Lê Phan / Dancer For a number of years, Ottawa-born Emmanuelle Lê Phan has used her knowledge of street dances, such as breakdance, house, popping, new jack swing, and locking, to explore a special fusion style of contemporary hip-hop. Since 1999, through
Rubberbandance Group her aliases of b-girl Cleopatra and Manoodles, she has built an extensive experience in “b-girling” by competing and appearing in music videos internationally. Lê Phan studied contemporary dance and obtained her BFA at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, after which she co-founded Solid State Breakdance Collective. She then danced for Marta Marta House of Pride and RUBBERBANDance Group. In 2005, Lê Phan ran away with Cirque du Soleil and embarked on a nine-month creation of Love, Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show, which she performed in Las Vegas for two years. Emmanuelle was part of Cirque Éloize’s new show, iD, which premiered in South Korea and will be touring for the next few years. Emmanuelle has returned to work with RUBBERBANDance Group for the new creation, Gravity of Center. Daniel Mayo / Dancer Daniel Mayo was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he began dancing at the age of five. Daniel trained at various dance studios in South Carolina before receiving a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Mayo worked with choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Eliot Feld, Susan Marshall, and Bennyroyce Royon.
He has also performed works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, and Paul Taylor. Mayo has spent the last three years as a dancer with the Atlanta Ballet. Notable roles Mayo performed there include Jonathan Harker in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Benvolio in Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet, and various roles in John McFall’s Don Quixote and The Nutcracker. He has also performed in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Matt Kent’s Zugzwang and Lauri Stallings’ world premiere, Big. This past May, Mayo performed in Victor Quijada’s world premiere of Impending Savour Assessment. Anne Plamondon / Co-Artistic Director / Dancer As co-artistic director of and dancer for RUBBERBANDance Group, Anne Plamondon has worked alongside choreographer Victor Quijada since 2002. In 2007, they were appointed Resident Artists at Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts de Montréal, and will continue to be through the 20102011 season. After her classical training at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Banff Centre, and École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain, Plamondon joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 1994. From 1995 to 2000, she danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and the Gulbenkian
Ballet (Portugal). She has performed and created roles in the works of numerous choreographers, including Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot, Angelin Preljocaj, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis ,and Itzik Galili, to name a few. Since her return to Montréal , she has collaborated with choreographers Estelle Clareton, Jean Grand-Maître, James Kudelka, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and especially with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot in the creation of Lost Action (2006), Fault (2008), and A Picture of You Falling (2008). Plamondon’s interest in dance on film has brought her many opportunities to explore this medium. With the support of Bravo!FACT, she recently starred in Red Shoes, a short film from Juno Award-winning director Micah Meisner. Victor Quijada / Choreographer / Co-Artistic Director / Dancer Victor Quijada has been deeply influenced by hip-hop culture since childhood. A graduate of L.A. County High School for the Arts; protégé of Griffith pioneer Rudy Perez; performer for Twyla Tharp; member of Eliot Feld Ballet (New York); and half-soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal—these experiences have affected and re-shaped Quijada’s long-standing relationship with hip-hop. In 2002, after years of
exploring dance and theater from urban, classical, and contemporary angles, he formed RUBBERBANDance Group. He has received the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award (United Kingdom), Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (United Kingdom), Choreography Media Honors, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize, an American Choreography Award nomination, and the Princess Grace Award in 2010. Since September 2007, Quijada has been a Resident Artist at Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts de Montréal. Lila-Mae G. Talbot / Dancer Born in Québec, Canada, Lila-Mae G. Talbot received her classical training at the École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain and obtained her first professional experience with the Jeune Ballet du Québec, where she worked with choreographers Hélène Blackburn, Louis-Martin Charest, Estelle Clareton, Christophe Garcia, Jane Mappin, and Dominique Porte. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 2003, dancing the classical and contemporary works of George Balanchine, Kim Brandstrup, Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin, and Helgi Tomasson. In 2006, she worked with The New English Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Niall McMahon, and since July 2006, Talbot has performed with RUBBERBANDance Group.
Rubberbandance Group COLLABORATORS Yan Lee Chan / Lighting Design, Technical Director Based in Montréal, Yan Lee Chan has worked in the field of performing arts for more than ten years. He first studied lighting design at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, where he earned a degree in stage management and technical direction. After graduation, he worked primarily in Europe, assisting Olivier Duplessis and other artists. Yan has also performed as a sleight-of-hand magician since his early teens and has consequently developed new lighting concepts to create stage illusion. Yan Lee Chan has collaborated with many Canadian choreographers and companies, including Momentum, Théâtre du Grand Jour, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Pigeons International, Sonya Biernath, Lin Snelling, Bill Coleman, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Nicole Mion, Philippe Ducros, David Flewelling, Jenn Goodwin, Pamela Newell, and Hélène Langevin. He collaborated with RUBBERBANDance Group for Suspension of Disbelief, AV Input/Output, and Punto Ciego.
Jasper Gahunia / Composer Also known as DJ Lil Jaz, Jasper Gahunia is a DJ, producer, songwriter, musician, and teacher. Gahunia first earned notoriety as a battle DJ through local competitions before winning the Toronto DMC DJ title three times. He represented Canada on the world stage when he became the Canadian DMC DJ Champion in 1998. During his competitive run, he also shared the International Turntablist Federation ITFWestern Hemisphere Team title with his crew, Turnstylez, and became the coveted ITF World Beat Juggling Champion a year later. Gahunia has worked and performed with Nelly Furtado, Feist, and K-OS and appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, and the World Music Awards. He also created The Turnament, a local DJ battle dedicated to exposing local talent. At the Royal Conservatory of Music (he is a former piano graduate), Gahunia is a teacher for the school’s first-ever Scratch from Scratch: DJ Fundamentals course. He has collaborated with the Canadian Opera Company to produce a series of mini-operas fused with hip-hop beats and scratching, and provided the “one-of-a-kind“ musical score for RUBBERBANDance Group’s AV Input/Output and Punto Ciego.
Anne-Marie Veevaete / Costume Design Anne-Marie Veevaete was born in Belgium and grew up in Montréal. She received a degree of haute couture at Cotnoir-Capponiin 1978 and taught costume design for theater at Collège Notre-Dame from 1987 to 1997. Attracted to a creative environment, she directed the workshop of the Montréal 350th Anniversary Parade and the flower dresses exhibition at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal. Veevaete does styling for
television publicity and works for independent and corporate movies filmed in Montréal. For the last five years, she has worked with such theater companies as Diving Horse, Pigeons International, Momentum, le Théâtre du Trident and l’Opéra de Montréal. Recently, she began working work for Théâtre du Quat’Sous, Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and Carbone 14.
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