Victor Quijada, Choreography
Jasper Gahunia, Music
Yan Lee Chan, Lighting Design
Rebecca Shouse, Costume Design
PHYSIKAL LINGUISTIKS, the first work created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago by 2010 Princess Grace Awards Winner and RUBBERBANDance Group Victor Quijada, examines the overlapping dialogues that exist between the performers, their environment, the spectator, and the theatrical event. His work utilizes a unique style of movement that is influenced by his experiences in classical, contemporary, and urban cultures. In a parallel process, collaborating composer Jasper Gahunia has created a score that is also influenced by classical and urban tendencies. Victor has introduced new movement vocabulary to Hubbard Street’s classically trained dancers and has worked with them to discover the best methods for approaching it. Hubbard Street Executive Director Jason Palmquist comments, “Our dancers usually work on movements based on two points of balance, but in Quijada’s work, there are usually three. They might be two feet and a hand, or two hands and a foot. It’s very different from what they are used to.”
Premiered by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance September 30, 2010. Technical support provided by the Krannert Center, Champaign IL. Music by Jasper Gahunia.
Victor Quijada is a 2010 Princess Grace Awards Winner. The development of Physikal Linguistiks was supported by a gift from Sara Lee Foundation, Lead Sponsor of Choreographyic Diversity. Additional support provided by Princess Grace Foundation – USA.
Victor Quijada, the son of Mexican immigrants, has been deeply influenced by Hip Hop Culture since childhood. A graduate of L.A. County High School for the Arts; protégé of Rudy Perez; dancer with Twyla Tharp Dance and Eliot Feld Ballet (NYC); and half-soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal - 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. Quijada has created for film, video, and broadcast televised dance. Commissions include Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and notably Self Observation without Judgment for Scottish Dance Theatre (National Dance Award - UK). He has received the Peter Darrell Choreography Award (UK), Bonnie Bird North American Award (UK), Choreography in Media Honors, the OQAJ/curtain Prize, and an American Choreography Award nomination. Since September 2007, Quijada is a Resident Artist at Cinquième Salle at place des Arts de Montréal.
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