Trenzado marks the return of Victor Quijada to the stage as a dancer. In a poetic way, the work raises the question of what it is to be from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
In Trenzado, American citizen of Mexican heritage and Canadian choreographer Victor Quijada revisits a certain nostalgia in order to push his creative language further. Built upon the themes of roots, boundaries, homeland and loss, the piece explores our physical and emotional limits when we face removal from home, lost connections, and reconstruction. It also addresses the hopes that come with starting new.
Shaped in 2 parts — a solo and a group piece — and centering around a demountable aluminum structure by visual artist Sylvain Baumann, Trenzado merges contemporary dance, theatre, and a strong aesthetic aspect to reveal an unusually vulnerable Quijada. True to its genesis, the production is set to original music by Jasper Gahunia — also present on stage — that reconfigures the traditional poignant Mexican musical genre of canto cardenche and deconstructs the norteño style (corrido and ranchera).
Trenzado is produced by RUBBERBAND and benefitted from a creation residency offered by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana, New York BAC and Danse à la Carte. The RBDG Intensive Development Lab (IDL) was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Grant. RUBBERBAND benefits from the support of Danse à la Carte, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Ontario Arts Council.