poster for performance by RUBBERBANDance GroupMontreal's RUBBERBANDance Group Performs as Part of Dance in Albany

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and with support from the University at Albany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present Montreal’s RUBBERBANDance Group on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30pm.  The company’s performance is the eighth offering in the Dance in Albany series, a joint series sponsored by The Egg and UAlbany Performing Arts Center with funding from the DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.  It will be performed In the Raw, a format conceived and implemented three seasons ago.

RUBBERBANDance Group merges the fresh pulse of street dancing with the acute aesthetics of contemporary dance.  With his company, Artistic Director Victor Quijada reconciles the two poles that inhabit him: the spontaneity, risk and fearlessness of the hip-hop culture of the American West Coast where he grew up and the choreographic refinement of contemporary dance, the milieu in which he developed as a professional dancer.  Imbued with the inherent independence of the street and a sharply perceptive sense of staging, his choreographies explore human relations, particularly focusing on the passion of obsession, the brutality of violence, and the delicacy needed for tragedy and comedy.

The company will perform Vic’s Mix which spans the immense creative territory of Quijada, extracting from the choreographer’s repertoire and remixing his work. He continues to experiment in this work, challenging notions of theatricality and audience reception, ensuring that each of the bodies moving onstage in these highly athletic tableaus exemplifies the RUBBERBANDance Method.

The Performing Arts Center’s In the Raw format features dance companies in studio performances of their work.  This format strips down the production values so that the essence of the dance is brought to the forefront.  When you watch great dancers from a distance — say two dozen rows back from the proscenium stage — you admire their craft. When you watch them from a few feet away, you fall in love,” claimed Tresca Weinstein in the Times Union about the inaugural performance of the series. With just over 100 seats available, the setting is intimate, the performers are up close and personal and there is ample opportunity for dialogue between artists and audience. Artistic Director Victor Quijada will give a short talk after the performance and there will also be a post-show reception furthering the opportunity for conversation between spectators and performers. 

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

The company will also teach two master classes while in residence at UAlbany.  These classes will be attended by students studying dance at Skidmore and Union Colleges.

Upcoming performances in the Dance in Albany series include Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on April 20 and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company on May 5, both at The Egg.