choreographer of Loan Sharking
Presented by DanceWorks at the Enwave Theatre November 26 and 27th at 8pm
Interview conducted by Lucy Rupert
VQ: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
LR: From your point of view, what are the specific similarities between b-boying, contemporary and classical dance?
VQ: There are several similarities. For example, when a dancer spontaneously creates movement phrases that call and answer with the music, or counterpoint and syncopate against a soundtrack. Another similarity between these dance styles is the ability to execute the most virtuosic physical maneuvers.
LR: Where do you find your points of inspiration for launching into a new work?
VQ: Inspiration is sometimes a small bundle of ideas, concepts, or questions that must be tested or proven. I am often interested in finding new solutions to old problems or questions. I see myself as a storyteller and I am interested in witnessing an individual’s journey.
LR: What do you dream for the future of your company?
VQ: I hope to continue developing RUBBERBANDance Group’s choreographic style, using tools that exist solely when contemporary dance is paired with urban dance. I hope to expand my movement vocabulary and creation techniques and to broaden the impact of my work in the international dance community.
LR: What do you see in the future of dance in Canada?
VQ: When considering visual art in our post Hip Hop world we have come to accept that whether you are painting on canvas for an art gallery or creating spray-painted outdoor murals, artistry has occurred. Similarly, dance creators and performers that are raised in this generation will possess information from urban, classical, and contemporary dance forms. I believe that this is the next progression in dance. I believe that this is the future.