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 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 that deconstructs and reconfigures the Mexican musical genre of norteño (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 Baryshnikov Arts Center with the RBDG Intensive Development Lab (IDL) supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Grant. Danse à la Carte, Jacob’s Pillow Pillow Lab as well as the Purchase University of New York also offered residencies for the creation of this show.
Trenzado benefitted from the financial support of the New England Foundation for the Arts through its National Dance Project Production Grant, Travel Fund and Community Engagement Fund.
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, the Ontario Arts Council and Danse à la carte.