Victor Quijada

Artist in Residence

Contemporary, Repertory

From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with acclaimed postmodern and ballet companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Victor Quijada was recognized as a magnetic and expansive dancer by the age of 26. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.

Quijada’s work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film.

Compelled to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor founded RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. Since then, he has created over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and for commissions, and has toured his company across North America and Europe. Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method as a bridge to connect diverse movement styles. He teaches this technique internationally at universities, conservatories, and festivals, coaching dancers to transition masterfully between opposing aesthetics: transposing balletic lines and grace, contemporary angles and distortion, capoeira-like fluidity and inversions, with hip hop dynamics and break power-moves.

As a guest choreographer, Quijada is regularly commissioned to create new works, including twice each for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre. He has directed the summer dance intensive at the Academy of Domaine Forget since 2011, and has served as choreographer for the annual project, Spring Board Danse Montreal, since 2010.