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 Post subject: Rubberbandance Group Also Earns an Extra Show
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Becket, MA-The worlds of classicism and contemporary culture merge in the
Doris Duke Studio Theatre as Montreal's Rubberbandance Group makes its
Jacob's Pillow debut, August 24-27. Ever since a brief duet from this
program was performed at the Pillow's 2006 Season Opening Gala,
Rubberbandance Group has been the best-selling ticket at the Box Office.
With world-class dancers from classical, contemporary, and hip-hop
backgrounds, Artistic Director Victor Quijada unites the striking dexterity
of breakdance with the fluid elegance, narrative structure, and rigorous
technique of ballet. This inventive though remarkably natural synthesis
grew out of atypical Quijada's career path, which brought him from the
hip-hop clubs of Los Angeles, to the studio of modern dance icon Twyla
Tharp, to Canada's Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal before he
founded Rubberbandance Group in 2002. While powerfully athletic and
visually appealing, the work of Rubberbandance Group has also been praised
for its subtlety, showing "unexpected moments of tenderness and humor"
(Dance Magazine). In a related free event, Rubberbandance previews their
work on the Pillow's Inside/Out stage, Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30pm. For
a glimpse of the choreography of Rubberbandance, watch the 2006 season
overview video at

Performance and Ticket Information for Rubberbandance: Evening performances
are Thursday, August 24 through Saturday, August 26 at 8:15pm, with matinées
on Friday, August 25 at 2pm (a performance specially added to accommodate
demand), Saturday, August 26 at 2:15pm, and Sunday, August 27 at 5pm.
Tickets for all shows are $24 each, with a 10% discount available for
seniors, students, and youth age 13 and under. Tickets may be purchased by
calling the Box Office at 413.243.0745, faxing orders to 413.243.0749, or
ordering online at Jacob's Pillow is located on
George Carter Road in Becket, MA, 10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike
Exit 2.

An immediate audience favorite in his brief appearance at the Pillow's
Season Opening Gala-where he performed alongside co-director Anne
Plamondon-Quijada returns with an ensemble of five dancers to present his
program Elastic Perspective, a series of works all created within the first
two years of his company's founding. At New York City's 2005 Fall for Dance
Festival, excerpts from Elastic Perspective were lauded by Dance Europe as
"fascinating work, marrying the hair-trigger responses and edgy demeanor of
Quijada's breakdance roots with the poise and theatricality of his
subsequent contemporary and ballet careers." Of his diverse training and
artistic goals, Quijada says, "I'm trying to open things up. . . to create
harmony with all the different dance experiences I have had-to be whole, not

The opening act of Elastic Perspective comprises six short works that
epitomize Quijada's hybrid. In Secret Service, one of his earliest
explorations of the classical and the contemporary, five dancers use their
hip-hop expertise to interpret a classic score by Sergei Prokofiev. The
solo work OM/Exercise in Wholeness and Awareness represents a key artistic
and personal step for Quijada-this work was the first to bridge the gaps in
his diverse background. Set to music by Saul Williams, the work premiered
at the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Choreographic Workshop. The program
continues with Gotan Duet/Meditations on the Gift, one of the first pieces
in which Quijada mapped his distinctive style onto intricate,
ballet-inspired partnering work. (The duet later evolved into a more
complex quartet which Rubberbandance Group performed in the company's
inaugural engagement.) Mi Verano, for four dancers, is a humorous inquiry
into relationships between the sexes, taking inspiration from Vivaldi's
venerable Four Seasons. (The title means "my summer" in Spanish.) In Men's
Duet/Before Back Then-originally part of an evening-length program-Quijada
uses a stark aesthetic to grapple with the definition of masculinity in
hip-hop culture. The Traviattle draws on the ribald intensity of Verdi's
score to enact a playful battle of the sexes, deemed "wild poetry" by The
Gazette of Montreal.

The critically-acclaimed Hasta La Proxima, named Top Dance Performance of
2002 by Montreal's La Presse, makes up the second half of the program. In
his ongoing investigation of human relationships, Quijada cultivates four
distinct personalities and elegantly charts the causes and consequences of
their interactions. At the 2004 American Choreography Awards, the cinematic
adaptation of this work was nominated as a finalist for Best Short Film.
The title, also in Spanish, means "until next time."

Victor Quijada began his formal dance and theater training at Los Angeles
County High School for the Arts, although even before then he was known as
an innovator on the L.A. hip-hop scene. As a member of the Rudy Perez
Performance Ensemble, under the mentorship of the Judson Church pioneer, he
began using post-modernist ideals to stretch the boundaries of urban dance
forms. Three years with Twyla Tharp Dance inspired him to delve into a
deeper fusion of the traditional and the vernacular. Taking his career to
Montreal in 2000, Quijada spent two seasons performing with Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens before founding Rubberbandance in the city in 2002. A
growing national and international presence, he has choreographed for New
York's Peter Boal & Company, London's Chamber Dance Theater, and Scottish
Dance Theater, among other well-known companies. This fall, he achieves
another career landmark with the world premiere of a work for Pacific
Northwest Ballet, now also directed by Peter Boal.

Uniting first-rate performers from modern, ballet, and hip-hop backgrounds,
Rubberbandance made its triumphant debut at Montreal's cutting-edge Espace
Tangente in 2002. Since then, the company has appeared at a host of
celebrated dance festivals in Canada, Europe, and the U.S., including the
2005 Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center. Integral to their
success has been the co-directorship of Anne Plamondon, who devised a unique
training program to meet the demands of the company's multifaceted style.
Plamondon herself has benefited greatly from her time with the group.
Formerly a member of Portugal's contemporary group Ballet Gulbenkian, the
world of hip-hop opened up when she met Quijada. She is now a key dancer
with the company, and receives wide praise for her performances.

Free Events at the Pillow This Week
PillowTalks in Blake's Barn: On Wednesday, August 23, the author of a new
book on revered composition mentor Bessie Schönberg joins others in
commemorating the centennial of this dance pioneer. Saturday, August 26, in
a fitting conclusion to the season, the Pillow celebrates another dance
icon, Mark Morris, on the occasion of his company's 25th anniversary.
Special attention is paid to the choreographer's relationship with the
Pillow, through anecdotes as well as video clips of rarities and old

Inside/Out performances at 6:30pm: Wednesday, August 23, Rubberbandance
Group, from Montréal, makes its Pillow debut with its tantalizing blend of
hip-hop and ballet. Thursday, August 24, with Sidra Bell Dance New York, an
alumna of the Choreographers' Lab brings her visceral, jazz-inflected work
to Inside/Out. Friday, August 25, Boston's beloved Snappy Dance Theater
shows off their trademark: an intelligent blend of dance and circus-like
fun. Closing the season on the idyllic outdoor stage, Cedar Lake makes an
appearance Saturday, August 26, with a European-style repertory of
theatrical ballet and glossy modern moves.

Ongoing Free Events include: Ted Shawn First, the first overview exhibition
ever mounted at the Pillow on the Festival's influential founder, in Blake's
Barn; Philip Trager: A Pillow Retrospective, featuring insightful images
from this master of portraiture, in the Ted Shawn Theatre lobby; Basil
Childers, with work from a rising star of the international dance
photography scene, in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre lobby; Picturing Shawn,
a survey of two-dimensional depictions of the man by diverse artists, in the
Reading Room at Blake's Barn; and the latest Highlights of the Collection,
on view in the venerable Bakalar Studio whenever rehearsals and classes are
not in session.


Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket in the Berkshire Hills of
Western Massachusetts. The Pillow was originally the Carter family farm in
the 1700s, and in the 1800s served as a station on the Underground Railroad.
Its pioneering spirit was furthered in 1933, when legendary dancer, teacher,
and choreographer Ted Shawn founded the Festival as a showcase for his
company of Men Dancers and as a home for dance in the U.S.

Jacob's Pillow now encompasses an acclaimed international Festival (the
first and longest-running dance festival in the U.S.), a professional
School, rare and extensive Archives open to the public free of charge, an
Intern Program, year-round Community Programs, and a Creative Development
Residency program. The historic site includes 161 acres, 31 buildings,
three unique stages (including the first theater in the U.S. built
specifically for dance), three dance studios, exhibition spaces,
restaurants, the Pillow Store, residential housing, administrative offices,
a health center, gardens, trails, and woodlands.

The Pillow presents dance from all over the world in all forms, styles, and
traditions, plus approximately 200 free events each season, including
performances, lectures, tours, film showings, exhibits, and talks with
artists from all over the world, which attract approximately 80,000 visitors

Pillow Founder Ted Shawn was instrumental in beginning the careers of Martha
Graham and Jack Cole, and the Pillow has continued this mentoring role by
providing early opportunities to artists such as Alvin Ailey, José Limón,
and Mark Morris. Companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Parsons
Dance Company have been seen at the Pillow for the first time anywhere, and
international groups such as The Royal Danish Ballet and Nederlands Dans
Theater have made their U.S. debuts here. World premieres have been
commissioned from masters such as Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, and
legendary artists such as Margot Fonteyn and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been
showcased in new works.

In 2003, Jacob's Pillow was declared a National Historic Landmark by the
federal government as "an exceptional cultural venue that holds value for
all Americans." It is the first and only dance entity in the U.S. to
achieve this honor. The Pillow looks forward to celebrating its 75th
anniversary in 2007, and has launched its first endowment campaign, The Fund
for Jacob's Pillow, to help ensure its eminence and longevity for others to
enjoy in years to come.

Major support for Jacob's Pillow, as of April 2006, has been provided by:
The Dana Foundation; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Francis Alexander
Family Fund; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation; The Leir Charitable Trusts in memory of Henry J. Leir;
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Evelyn Stefansson
Nef Foundation; The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation; The
Prospect Hill Foundation; The Ira M. Resnick Foundation; The Ridgefield
Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Starr Foundation;
Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the
Arts; U.S. Department of Education; ALEX®; Altria Group, Inc.; American
Express Philanthropic Program, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.; Berkshire Bank
Foundation; Canon, U.S.A., Inc.; TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation; The
Pillow Business Alliance; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

Jacob's Pillow is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New
England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Ford Foundation
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The
William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill
Foundation; and the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a
collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna
Foundation; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

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