Montreal’s RUBBERBAND Dance Brings Classical/Street Fusion to Playhouse Square

Sat 11/9 @ 7:30PM

Montreal’s RUBBERBAND Dance Group is known for its collage of breakdancing, classical ballet and dance theater that’s up-to-the-minute and groundbreaking while still grounded in dance traditions. Founded in 2002 by artistic director/ choreographer Victor Quijada, the group has forged a style that’s distinctively its own.

The group makes its Ohio debut at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre, presented by Tri-C and DANCECleveland. One of the pieces on the program will be Vic’s Mix, a dance that encompasses a range of the company’s moods, spanning both serious and humorous. It’s a fitting introduction to a new market and a new audience, since it draws on Quijada’s previous repertoire and “remixes” it, demonstrating the contrast between classical composition and urban pop. In it, breakdancing–inspired moves are set to classical music.

Says the company’s description of the piece, “Quijada goes further in his experiments defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations, while making sure that each body gravitating onstage in the highly athletic segments exemplifies the RUBBERBAND Method.”

There will be pre- and post-show talks with the performers and producers; the pre-show talk starts at 6:45. Tickets are $25-$50.

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