RUBBERBANDance Group Blends Hip Hop and Classical Dance at PS21

Rubberbandance(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Canadian dance company RUBBERBANDance Group brings its fusion of hip-hop, ballet and modern dance to PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24, 2013, at 8pm. The ensemble will perform Gravity of Center, which follows the journey of five dancers representing a family, a nomadic tribe or an entire people, as they interweave, fight, crave and hustle. The dance features original music by Canadian Jasper “DJ Lil Jaz” Gahunia, whose piano compositions are partnered with hip hop production and turntablist techniques.

Montréal choreographer and dancer Victor Quijada founded RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) in Montréal in 2002 to create an exploratory base where he could mix his several influences to create a contemporary style that blends the spontaneity and exuberance of hip hop with the refinement of classical dance. This style incorporates theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, film, and impromptu performance.

“As RUBBERBANDance Group, we push the boundaries of street dance vocabulary and contemporary dance techniques to the point that they have intersected and given way to a new style and technique,” explains Quijada. “This new form is not a cut and paste of ballet and hip hop moves, but becomes a new order of movement that comes from knowledge and experience in various forms.”

Tickets for RubberbanDance Group shows on August 23 and 24 are $30 general admission, $25 for PS21 members, and $18 for students. They can be purchased at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For other information about this concert series, or any other event at PS21, call 518.392.6121.



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