DanceHouse presents the Vancouver premiere of RUBBERBAND’s high-octane hip-hop infused work Ever So Slightly, on stage October 21 to 23, 2021 at the Vancouver Playhouse, in strict compliance with provincial health regulations.
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DanceHouse Presents RUBBERBAND’s Ever So Slightly
- When: October 21 to 23, 2021 at 8:00pm
- Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
- Tickets: $35 available online now
Choreographed by RUBBERBAND’s Artistic Director Victor Quijada, Ever So Slightly explores humanity’s instinctive behavioural reflexes developed in response to life’s daily aggressions, coupled with our urgent desire for resistance from these constraints. The Montreal company’s first major work to feature its entire 10-member company of artists, Ever So Slightly’s dynamic choreography will be accompanied by a live electronic soundscape from composer / DJ Jasper Gahunia and award-winning violinist William Lamoureux.
Ever So Slightly, which premiered in December 2018 at Montreal’s Théâtre Maisonneuve, is Quijada’s meditation on the momentum of change — the many elements that lead to change, and the breaking point that makes either positive or negative shifts possible. The work was recognized as a finalist at the prestigious Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2019.
The performance begins with the company’s dancers lying face down on an unadorned black set. As tension mounts, movement slowly ripples through the pack as the dancers bubble up, one at a time, in a reflexive chain reaction. Through innovative partnering, staccato flashes of fiery red and stark white lighting, and powerful, urgent movement, the dancers fight their own instincts, stripping away their constraining boiler suit uniforms on the path towards emotional freedom and transformative enlightenment.
Ever So Slightly features an original soundtrack composed and performed live on stage by Gahunia, RUBBERBAND’s longtime collaborative partner, an established TV and film composer, and resident DJ for hip-hop artist K-OS. Joining Gahunia on stage is virtuoso violinist William Lamoureux. The duo imbues the work with a pulsing soundscape: an eclectic mix of esoteric electronica, breakbeats, and vintage sampling. Gahunia and Lamoureux are fixtures of the set, performing from risers constructed on the right side of the stage.
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